Bosworth Hoedemaker
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Montlake craftsman-living-room


This remodel of an architect’s Seattle bungalow goes beyond simple renovation. It starts with the idea that, once completed, the house should look as if had been built that way originally. At the same time, it recognizes that the way a house was built in 1926 is not for the way we live today. Architectural pop-outs serve as window seats or garden windows. The living room and dinning room have been opened up to create a larger, more flexible space for living and entertaining. The ceiling in the central vestibule was lifted up through the roof and topped with a skylight that provides daylight to the middle of the house. The broken-down garage in the back was transformed into a light-filled office space that the owner-architect refers to as the “studiolo.” Bosworth raised the roof of the stuidiolo by three feet, making the volume more generous, ensuring that light from the north would not be blocked by the neighboring house and trees, and improving the relationship between the studiolo and the house and courtyard.

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Table in front of bookshelves for reading and homework or work. Like.
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Here the built-ins maximize every inch, including over the doors and windows.
Margaret Everton added this to Bringing Work Home
This photo is a favorite on houzz, and for good reason. The space is simultaneously filled and open. A setting like this allows for easy flow between two rooms--great for going between work and the more domestic needs.
3. Books everywhere. I am biased - I've got a lot of books and I think they make a room (and the person who lives in it) look interesting. The Spades have a cabinet filled with books - I also like these built-in bookshelves...
Becky Harris added this to How to Arrange Shelves with Style
Break up built-ins that are mostly books with an object here or there. For example, he bowl on the top right shelf here lightens things up a bit.
Becky Harris added this to Libraries for Everyone
Rows and rows of books are right at home in this multi-functional room.
Between Naps on the Porch added this to Conquering the Intimidating Room
I saved my favorite large space for last. Actually, it isn't that large, but it's a beautiful example of how to divide a space up for different needs. There's a seating area with a sofa on one side of the room...most likely facing a lovely fireplace. There's a spot just right for a game of cards or for working on that 1000-piece puzzle of the Eiffle Tower Aunt Gertrude gave you last Christmas. And, when you're cross-eyed from puzzling, just grab a classic off the shelves and head for that leather wingback tucked into the sunny reading area. Hope that large space in your home is looking a little less intimidating now, and that you've been inspired by all the beautiful homes you've visited today. I had fun "trying out houses" with you! Now, where did I leave my Hot Wheels car?
Built-in bookshelves are always a hit, and the more versatile the space (here, with several seating areas and a spot for dining), the more people it attracts.
Between Naps on the Porch added this to Long, Cold Winter Days—Bring 'em On!
This room would be the perfect space to while away winter. There's a card table for board games and puzzles, a comfy chair for reading and a nice sofa to stretch out on movie night. What a great multipurpose room designed for real indoor living!
Old-School Prep: There's no such thing as clutter. Or "musty."
Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab added this to The Den Makes a Comeback
Bookshelves: If you have a larger space, break up the room into two spaces: one area for bookshelves, a game table and a reading nook, and the other for the den.
Samantha Schoech added this to 9 Decorating Trends to Love Forever
3. Walls of BooksWith the exception of my family, I love books more than anything in the world, and a wall of books makes me feel instantly at home and filled with pleasant anticipation. Plus, provided it doesn't get too crazily overstuffed, a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf always looks great (and overstuffed can be a look too).

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How about built in bookcases like this in music room?
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love the bookshelves, window nook, the whole look
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Bookcase divider
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I do love this look of shelves everywhere...
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Built in library shelves
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bookshelves above doorway!
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Books everywhere
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Bookshelves. I love them
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adds small and tall display walls
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Book shelves
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bookcase crown molding
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Built in bookcase around door
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No frills. Nice. Actually mostly filled with books.
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Bookshelves give thickness to wall and shape to room.
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Built-ins around doorway
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study wall
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Cosy bookcase area around dining part of the room
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This is nice
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book shelves, wood floor, light walls, bright colors
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book shelves, wood floor, light walls, bright colors
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Love the bookcases around the door. Love the whole feel and look of this house.
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Color if leather chair
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Love the built in bookshelves, thinking this is what I'd like for our hallway
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library/dining room combo
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book shelves
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dining room/books
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Above the door
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Bookcases are great
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Books shelves.
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Use shelving in computer room for books?
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Walls of bookcases!
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book cases around window
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Built in
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Built-in bookshelves, including above doorways; natural light
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book shelves
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Bookshelves around doorway and over window
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Dining room table and chairs.
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books around transition
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love the bookcases
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Bookshelf uses every inch! Gives it a real great library feel
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shelves corner
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built in bookcases
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Wall-to-wall white bookcases, including above doors and windows
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Book shelves
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shelves around door and window -- cozy!
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book shelves with door in middle
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bay window & bookshelves!
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We like the built-in shelves for a living room/library
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This is very cozy= fave
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Built in
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Love these built-ins (would even be nice in a dining room)
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built in bookshelves
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vertical frame
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Library shelves
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book storage around a doorway
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Book. Shelves.
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Over the door
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built in bookshelves everywhere!
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Minimal window treatments and white painted shelves help bounce the light around and keep the room bright. I like the comfortable leather chair tucked in by the sunny window. Like the shawl draped across the back of the love seat. This is a view from the living room into the dining room.
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Just dreaming...
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little bitty books overhead
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built ins and window area
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Small room library look
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Bookshelves everywhere!!! I also like the bay window with shutters, and the colorful aspects of the room.
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the shelves, the light
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Library shelves
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functional and looks like it was built this way.
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Need bookshelves in sitting room
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Gorgeous built ins.
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Bookcase extended above door
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Lots of books with variety
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love these. especially the ones above the window
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shelves over windows
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I like the way the bookshelves frame the door.
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book shelves
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Perfect for my hearth room books.
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Simple wall of books.
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floor to ceiling, wrapping around room and over door
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Cozy. Book cases. Game table. Reading chair by window.
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multiple seating areas
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Shelves above door and window.
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Built ins
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i love book shelves
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like this room
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Breaking up the space into functional spaces. Hmmmm...!!
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built in bookshelves
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floor to ceiling bookcase
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Book shelves
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use of space around door
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What if that couch was 4 feet from the wall?
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book cases for study and livingroom
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Family Room Bookshelves
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rich interior detail
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built in bookcases
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Walls of books.
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Lightness in a library, the furniture placement....reading corner, TV viewing, table for projects or games, inclusions of antiques.
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Built in shelving
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Eclectic. Textiles. Lighting. Book shelves.
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Reading corner
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Built-ins with openings to kitchen and what would be "garage/entry"
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Over the door storage
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Books surround door and window
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love the cozy, eclectic feel
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Bookcase around door
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UGH I love the way this room has character, it has life, its lived in, but still eye catching and inviting
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Bookshelves continue over doorway
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built in bookshelves are beautiful and useful
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Book Shelf with Moldings
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great layout
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den shelves
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built in ideas
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