warm and cozy libraries
I love reading! I come from a family of avid readers. One of my earliest memories is having my parents read to me. It was something we enjoyed doing together. It was something we did together even when I got older. All of us sitting around our fireplace reading our selected books. Usually after Christmas when we’ve all just received a ton of new books. This all occurred pre-cell phones and kindles.
grab a book, a blanket, and a favorite drink
The weather has finally gotten colder here in Tennessee, and I am ready to curl up next to my fireplace and read. Thank goodness my husband and kids all love to read. Here are some libraries that I hope will inspire you to grab a book, a blanket and a favorite drink, and take some time and relax.
reading is an escape
I love reading historical nonfiction books, fictional novels, mysteries, suspense, design books and of course the ultimate in trashy romance novels. Life is hard and stressful, so I tend to stay away from sad books. I know there are some fabulous books out there that I am missing out on but for me reading is an escape. So why would I want to escape to a sad, depressing book?
I love the feel of a book in my hands
I love the feel of a book in my hands. The smell of the paper and the sound it makes when you turn the pages. I still have books that I read in high school and college. If you flip through them, you will see how I loved to underline passages and take notes in the margins. I still do this with the books I read on my kindle.
leather top desk, four bookcases, and a small sofa
I grew up in a 1920’s brick Georgian in Richmond, Virginia. We had a room we called, “the library.” Technically, it was more of a pass-through space, with two doors. To say the room was small is an understatement. It was tiny. It had my dad’s leather top desk (one of the first pieces of furniture my parents ever bought), three floor-to-ceiling bookcases, one bookcase that was about five feet tall, a small sofa, and a cream, blue and cranberry oriental rug. You had to pass through the library from the backdoor breakfast room to get to the foyer and front staircase. Even though it was small, it had two doors that opened it up to the other spaces and a large window that faced south. So, during the day it was always bright and cherry. My mom had two plush cranberry velvet pillows that were great for when you wanted to take a nap.
you can install bookcases just about anywhere
For those of us who do not live in English manors or sprawling mansions, we have to be a bit more creative as to where we can have a library space in our home. It’s not as hard as you think. You can install bookcases just about anywhere; hallways, pass through rooms, dining rooms, stairwells, attics, or a little corner nook. There are a few things you need for a great library space, lots of book storage, comfy seating, and good lighting. So find some unused space in your house that you can dedicate to your love of books.
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