Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
I love slipping up to the second floor library with a hot cup of tea, selecting a book, and curling up on the chaise lounge to get lost.
It’s an open library that overlooks the foyer.
The built-ins are from the same Kentucky company that made my kitchen cabinets, Mouser Custom Cabinetry. It might not look it from this angle, but it’s about 16’ of cabinetry. Yes, I know the bookshelves are not styled correctly with all matching off-white or red book covers. I actually USE this library as a library. It contains lots of my decorating books that I constantly use for reference. The glass fronts hold photos and antique porcelains. There’s a walk-in closet to the left that I didn’t picture, in which I store extra décor items and more books! It was built for family scrapbook and photo storage and I keep that stuff in there, too. You can never have too many closets.
I purchased the stained glass window before we built the house.
It was actually a double hung window that came out of a Victorian mansion in New England. It has the most wonderful colored glass and raised glass jewels.
It is so beautiful when the light from the foyer shines through it. It also glows at night when the lamp is on and looks pretty from the foyer looking up at it.
I purchased the vintage chaise years ago and recently had it re-upholstered at Ethan Allen in a flax linen. The lines actually remind me of the 1930s, but can you believe it was upholstered in peach moiré when I found it?
The sun comes in so bright in the morning at the front of the house and helps create a cheerful space.
This is my special place to relax and flip though tons of decorating books. Every girl needs a quiet retreat. What’s yours?