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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shutterbug wrote:
what is the ceiling height please? - Ceiling height? Trying to create similar bookshelves over door, don't know if I have room....Thank you
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Lights on shelf? - Are those lights clipped on the shelves? Where to get them?
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What is the paint color in back of bookcases?
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Here the built-ins maximize every inch, including over the doors and windows.
Margaret Everton added this to Living in an Ensemble
Much detail here, but the room is segmented to keep a pleasant order.
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?
Between Naps on the Porch added this to 12 Things To Do In Your Home Before Fall Blusters In
8. Create a cozy spot in your home for reading and indoor activities. If you have the space, set up a table for board games, card playing or puzzle time.
Margaret Everton added this to Creating Comfort With Company
Even the addition of a small table in a free space, say, in front of the bookshelves, allows for a space for games, coffee and chats, or even setting up laptops.
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."
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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.
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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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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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Bookcases either side of door
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Wall of books
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love the books over the doors
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Shelving arrangement
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liv rm - different interest areas
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April 4, 2014
love the built in shelves
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March 31, 2014
so much pretty book storage
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Great storage above window and doors
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March 27, 2014
Breaking up space
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Book shelf wall
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builtin bookcase
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over the door bookshelves
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Maximization of space. Light
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Shelves either side door
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colors and shelves
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. Walls of Books With 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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room for books
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Floor-to-ceiling shelves. Win.
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Wingback chair, bookcases to the ceiling. Bright yet cozy!
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bookcase wall/doorway
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Bookcase room
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surrounded by books!
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Sofa table. Chair
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This is part of a remodel in Seattle, titled Montlake, and I really like it!
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molded framed out
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goes to the top
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Book shelves
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Built in around the door
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built in bookcases, floors
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Dinning room table used as a console table by the couch
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Shelving over door etc
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book shelves
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I wish we had floor to ceiling bookshelves. Seems like a small space but well done for cozy reading and flow with the kitchen.
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Book shelves !
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built in bookshelves
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Bookshelves. Love.
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built ins around pop out window in bedroom
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Bookcase at bottom of skirting boards
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bookcase surrounding door connecting the bedroom and walk in closet
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bookcases surrounding doorway
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over doorway
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Books w2
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built in bookshelves
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built ins
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living space
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table and chairs in corner game place
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I love the bookshelves
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Built ins!
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January 27, 2014
Shelves every where. Above door
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bumpout area and book cases
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built ins
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January 25, 2014
goes around corner
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January 24, 2014
make bookcases like this in the dining room
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January 24, 2014
Shelving in small places
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January 24, 2014
Library room
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January 22, 2014
really need to do this to the library room.
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Would love this in the den
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January 19, 2014
I like the multi-function room.
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January 19, 2014
Make hallways extra wide mad install shelving for books
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Cottage living room potential
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bookcases in dining
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Built in book shelves everywhere.
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Built in bookshelves
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Like bookshelves and rug
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January 13, 2014
Bookshelves for around the fireplace or the french door out to the deck
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January 13, 2014
Above the window?
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built-in bookshelves
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Multi wall top to bottom shelves
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January 11, 2014
The expansiveness of the built-ins; something my bungalow needs
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Blinds on windows and filled bookcases
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Book shelves
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book shelves
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bookshelves to break up the room
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the built ins
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Books wrapping around room.
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Books, rug, chair
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Bookshelf over window
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built-in book cases above doors/etc
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bookshelves, floor to ceiling not looking messy
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December 14, 2013
Built in shelves!
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I love the built-ins, but I don't have enough books to put in them. I'm afraid of making the room look small.
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maximizing space
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Built ins
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love storage
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Bookshelves everywhere!
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December 1, 2013
Shelves around doors
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December 1, 2013
Wraparound bookcases.
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November 30, 2013
the game table in the corner of the living room. The bookshelves, the area rug, and the seating area by the window.
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November 27, 2013
Like the wrap around bookshelves
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November 26, 2013
Great storage
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transition from entry to living area
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Bookcases around windows
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November 24, 2013
Built-ins, wide plank floor. Casework could be natural wood.
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built in shelves and window sitting nook
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G - similar to this in the office
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November 21, 2013
long skinny shelf above door could go above piano at top
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bookshelves built around doorway
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November 20, 2013
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!
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Bookcase walls
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"wall of books"
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Books everywhere
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room divider bookcase wall
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for the living room
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Bookshelves and good reading light by the window with a big comfy chair.
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looks nice if we opened access to sun porch
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Library dining
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bookcases over door
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bookcases over door and windowseat
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warm and cozy
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Spisestue og stue bindes sammen af reolerne. Kan godt lide at spisebordet står i hjørnet og at vinduet har sin egen stol. Gad vide om man kunne lave noget lignede her?
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For Jaime
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books over doorway and wrap around
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Bookshelves over door and window
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Library area
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love this look
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