SPG Architects’ Casa Torcida, located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, takes inspiration from the Osa’s natural world. SPG juxtaposed bright, tropical colors against the neutral palette of the building materials. The library’s built-in cabinetry and louvers are made of locally harvested, native species of wood.
While you are hosting your staycation, be sure to enjoy a few moments to yourself. This alone time is when you should read your latest magazine or get inspiration for a new dinner recipe with a vintage cookbook like the one pictured here. To engage your guests, request that each of them bring their favorite cookbooks, each from a different region of the country or their hometowns. You can learn more about your friends and explore new recipes, and take a food tour trip without leaving your house.
It’s an easy chair, it’s a bookcase – it’s two, two, two things in one! Believe it or not, there are 27 feet of book storage space in Alexander Love’s elegant design. That’s enough to hold 350-400 books, and there’s even a secret compartment under the seat which can be accessed from the front book shelf. It’s made of 1/2-inch Baltic plywood, a nine-layer material that’s incredibly strong, according to Love. You can have the seat in the fabric of your choice, because the Library Chair is made to order. Available for $2,950 on Etsy.
An Eames chair and a low-slung chaise cozy up to the built-in bookcase in the library. Layered rugs and a chevron pouf soften the floor for extra reading room, while a ladder helps you grab those hard-to-reach books.
Glass panels on the staircases blend in seamlessly, becoming nearly invisible, and look less bulky than traditional railing. White walls and a white ceiling, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, keep the room feeling airy and bright despite the bookshelf wall's hulking presence.