Monday, April 23, 2012

A Quiet Reading Retreat

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.

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It’s an open library that overlooks the foyer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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?

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The sun comes in so bright in the morning at the front of the house and helps create a cheerful space.

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This is my special place to relax and flip though tons of decorating books.  Every girl needs a quiet retreat.  What’s yours?

Blessings,

Kim

12 comments:

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Oh, Kim, what a lovely retreat! You're right, every girl should have a personal retreat. Mine is the home office. I'm the only one who uses it; so, it's perfect for me. I love to curl up on the settee and peruse my magazines and decorating books! Your space is gorgeous!

Karena said...

Kim, truly beautiful retreat for you. This time of year I go out on the terrace where it is as cozy as my living room, a fresh space for Spring!

I am featuring Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera from Castle Crown and Cottages on my site! She is amazing!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Kim!

That space is PERFECT! WOW- I love it so much!

You designed it flawlessly, every detail is dead on awesome.

How do you get anything done being able to hang out in a space like that? I would need a crane to wedge me off that awesome chaise!

Or possibly chocolate.

Gorgeous space indeed!!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Wow. What a gorgeous space. I would never leave! I especially love the stained glass window. Thanks for sharing!
Angie

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Gorgeous library, and you have proven that you don't have to paint everything white to have a lovely room. Gorgeous!!

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

Oh Kim, what a great space! If i had that in my home, i would never leave it!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a GORGEOUS space Kim!! LOVE LOVE that stained glass window!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kim, what a wonderful area to get cozy in. Love the chaise. I have my sun room where I get to watch what I want on t.v. or look at my books and mags.

Olive Cooper said...

The bookcases are large and in charge and quite pretty. I love books of all kinds and they do not have to be prettily arranged for me. The chaise is a truly fabulous invention. I have one too and will not part with it.

Bliss said...

I promise to sit and read a whole book in your reading room, you will never even know I'm there, I will be quiet as a mouse.

~Bliss~

Cynthia said...

Kim, what a beautiful retreat. I love, love the crown molding. What a relaxing space and beautiful. I also love the stained glass window.

Cynthia

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Kim, This is just a beautiful area for reading or just hiding out!
Your decor is so rich and classy. It shows that you read decorating books!
I can tell you have a love for books. Only an enthusiast would have such a special library and gorgeous shelves to hold them.
This is one area I would love to have in my home!

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