My Dream Library

Posted July 19, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

 

Man Statue on Library Near Brown Wooden Bookshelf

 

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may be familiar with my Lovely Libraries page, where I pin pics of all the beautiful libraries I come across in my blog research. I’ve always loved the idea of having a private library of my own, but it wasn’t until I started the Pinterest page that I started thinking about what it might look like.

It didn’t take long for me to discover I have a very distinct style when it came to libraries. I love the old-timey “power libraries” with ornate wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling shelves, and plush reading chairs. I started making a mental list of all the things I’d like to include in my dream library, so I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you!

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My Dream Library

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A secret door…

7z-secret-room-hidden-door

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This sign to greet you…

Speak Friend and Enter sign on Etsy. Definitely buying this for the home. #nerdalert:

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These shelves

Gothic library at writer Horace Walpole’s fantastical Strawberry Hill, a castle constructed in the outer London village of Twickenham in 1748 #architecture #books #Gothic_Revival:

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These windows

I have kept this tear sheet from some magazine since the early 70's ( yikes) and I still like it almost 40 years later -cr:

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A cozy reading seat

..............waiting...........waiting..............waiting..................waiting................where is that man? Oh who cares anyway.:

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A tea station, of course

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A cozy glass-walled reading area

We LOVE the mix of an indoor/outdoor glassed in space! And we would style the room with goodies from http://www.oldtimepottery.com/:

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This side table for holding your books and snacks

Power of Books Glass-Top Side Table:

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Gotta show my Ravenclaw pride! 😉

Ravenclaw -- Harry Potter inspired soy candle -- 8oz jar

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This cozy blanket to curl up under

ALICE IN WONDERLAND STORYBOOK BLANKET:

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This ceiling…

Traditional Home Office by Laqfoil Ltd.:

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…or maybe this one!

looks like the ravenclaw common room ceiling...:

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An old-fashioned catalogue system

I spent so many hours of my life during college in the library & still fondly recall using the card catalog. Would LOVE a vintage card catalog for my next home office. Already know exactly which items would fill it. :):

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Pillows! So many pillows!

Once Upon a Time story Book - Cushion / Pillow Cover /typographic pillow typographic Panel / Fabric:

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A desk for writerly scribbles

Pretty is as pretty does! Antique styling and classic lines make this Pauline Writing Desk a heirloom for the home.:

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A cozy fireplace for cold nights

French Country Cottage Fireplace: The light scones are attached right onto the facade & there are surrounding built-in shelves. Design by Barnes Vanze Architects:

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…and what’s a library without a ladder?

Green library -- Anthony Lindsey Photography, www.anthonylindsey.com:

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What would YOUR dream library look like? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

 

 

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4 responses to “My Dream Library

  1. ladyelasa

    So pretty! I love old libraries. I went to one in France at the Chateau de Chantille that was like some of these pictures. ^ ^

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    • SO JEALOUS! I think the fanciest library I’ve ever been in is the Trinity College library in Dublin (they house the Book of Kells there, and my husband and I went to see it on our honeymoon). It was super beautiful, but they didn’t really let us look around. 🙁

  2. So, living in Michigan, the cozy factor of a library is definitely important. My dream library would have a warm fireplace, throw blankets and lots of pillows for snuggling into, and a cushy chair (preferably one of those rocking recliners). I would also want lots of windows so that I could have lots of natural light but also so that I could admire the scenery (because nature is awesome).

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