Dens and Libraries 16 Ideabooks

Looking at this luxe and comfortable room, I cannot help but think, “Hmmm … Professor Plum, in the library, with the … snake?” The most important, challenging and educational part of tackling this room for the designers at Laura U was providing a proper...
8 Victorian Drawing Rooms for Modern Living
The drawing room, essentially the lady's "withdrawing room," was usually the main public room of a Victorian home. These rooms were feminine, comfortable and hospitable. Places for receiving guests, they were platforms to show off one's wealth,...
Have a Ball With Your Billiard Room
In college, when I was able to stay up past midnight, I remember many late nights with friends laughing and telling stories around a pool table. At one point I got quite good at the game and remember thinking how fun it would be to have a pool table in...
Designer's Touch: 10 Luxurious Libraries
Despite iPads and e-books, few things beat sitting down with a good book in a cozy space. Don't let your books languish away in your garage or attic — put them on display in your own home library. Even if you don't have the space that these libraries...
Luxuriate in a Gentlemen's Club Look at Home
Out of Africa with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford is my favorite movie. I've seen it at least 50 times over the past 25 years. The film is set in colonial Africa around 1915. I've studied each set design at length; I know the colors...
Designer's Touch: 10 Cozy Dens
The den has been comfortably situated under the living room's shadow for far too long. It is high time to redesign, repaint and rearrange your den to make it shine. Try your hand at a few of these designer tips to bring your den back into the limelight....
12 Libraries That Lightened Up
When you hear the word "library," what comes to mind? Professor Plum with the candlestick? For me it's lots of dark wood paneling, a deep burgundy Chesterfield...
24 Amazing Walls of Books
When my wife and I moved into our current apartment a few years ago, our most important decision wasn't where the put the couch or television or home office or even the dining room table; it was where to put the books. Having invested in a floor-to-ceiling...
Guest Picks: 20 Must-Have Design Books for Your Library
I love books. To me, a home is not complete unless it is filled with books. Books tell so much about a person: their interests, their style, their beliefs. Over the years I have collected many books on interior design. These are some of my favorites...
Put Your Feet Up: A Dozen Overstuffed and Comfy Rooms
The other day Houzz User Charlotte posted the following question next to this first picture: "Could you direct me to similar rooms on this site?? Love the overstuffed, comfy look. Thanks." I think Charlotte has just the right...
Guest Picks: Rainy-Day Reading Spaces
When the weather is dreary, be it raining or snowing, the first thing that comes to mind is curling up with a good book. I think every home should have a special spot to sit, relax and read. Whether you fancy a home library or a reading nook, these...
Get Ideas for a Cozy Library Space
For most of us, the chances of having a library in our homes seem about as likely as having a ballroom, conservatory, or some other room you only hear about during a game of Clue. However, designers are finding ways to work the collections of books...
The Den Makes a Comeback
Over the past few years, I've noticed that many of my clients are less interested in great rooms and huge family rooms, and they're embracing the idea of the den again. Granted, I do a lot of remodeling of older homes with smaller rooms, so that may...
7 Stately Study Essentials
I've always had a desk at home, and have even come this close to having a fully-functioning home office (the difference being a bunch of wayward cords and a filing cabinet, if you're curious). But never have I fooled myself into thinking these...
Beautiful Modern Home Libraries
Steel, bulkier wood, and even concrete dividers give a strong, modern look to a library, while softer touches keep it inviting to all. Whether you're working from the ground up or renovating for a new look, get inspired by these examples — each offers...
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