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Sunday, January 22, 2012

(More) Sublime Libraries

Ralph Lauren's Brook Street collection. Love a library that matches the decor. {Via Ralph Lauren and Habitually Chic}

Another Ralph Lauren library, this time from the recently released One Fifth collection. A touch too gold for me, but still decidedly glamorous. {Via Ralph Lauren}

The enviable walk-through library of Carrie and Mr Big in Sex and the City 2. This was my favourite room in their much-blogged-about residence. It not only offered an elegant, aesthetically beautiful space in which to showcase Carrie's books, it also provided a clever little hall to link the entrance and their bedroom. {Via Elle Decor}

Another ingenious home that uses a library as a lovely entrance. When this exquisite little cottage in Melbourne's South Yarra went up for sale, it was immediately snapped up by a stylish bibliophile. The image below shows the black front door that leads from the street straight to the library, and the floor plan is below that.

The artful library of French interior designer Frederic Mechiche's townhouse in Paris. Superbe! {Via Marie Claire Maison}

A beautifully designed New York library by the incredibly talented team of Roman & Williams.  One of my all-time favourite libraries. {Via Greige and Roman & Williams}

The handsome country house library in Badgley Mischka's Kentucky getaway.  {Via Elle Decor}

The sleek, modern library of French designer Christian Liaigre. {Via Maison–Christian Liaigre by Herbert Ypma}

The dignified library in the bedroom of the late Bill Blass's Connecticut residence.  {Via At Home With Books}

The white library of Stephen Shubel's restored 1906 fisherman's cottage in the coastal village of Sausalito near San Francisco. This house has been around for more than a decade, and yet it hasn't dated. Timeless black and white – don't you love it? {Via}

The beautifully detailed two-storey suite of the City Club hotel in New York. Designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber, this incredible hotel room has its own soaring library. But it might be difficult reaching for a book... {Via City Club Hotel New York}


  1. When I build my house the whole plan revolves around the library!
    I used to live in Caroline Street wish I could remember that gorgeous house, further toward the river than we were I think as we were just around the corner from Toorak Road.
    Have I said I am enjoying your blog? Well I am!!!!

  2. How lovely what a fabulous idea to have a library as an entrance hall. One of the sweetest libraries I have enjoyed is the one at The White House in Daylesford which I know you've seen too.. their wonderful kitchen features in your Black and White book... x

  3. Hi Julienne and Sarah, Thanks as always for your lovely comments. So appreciated. The house is right in the middle of Caroline Street, Julienne, on the Punt Road side. It's a tiny, tiny cottage, so it's not surprising you missed it. I really wish I had the money to buy it when it came up for sale - despite the diminutive size.
    And yes - I adore the White House's library Sarah. Lyn told me that only one person had ever stolen a book in the entire time she'd rented the house. Unfortunately it was her husband's favourite... Hugs and best wishes to you both. Janelle

  4. Hi Janelle I'm now following your pretty blog, thanks to sweet Julienne. I *adore* these libraries - time to pin some on my Pinterest board ☺. Thanks for sharing them. J x

  5. Thanks Jane. I've seen your blog. It's lovely. Have you seen the tumblr site Bookshelf Porn? (Terrible name; great images!) It's on my Blogroll to the left. You'd love the pix there too. Janelle x

  6. Thanks for both comments, Janelle. I'm heading over there now! J x


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