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.
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.
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.
An avid reader, Nana Yaa admits that the library was one of the most welcome surprises in a home that she accepted sight unseen while she was in the process of moving to New York. The space is a pass through from the dining room into the kitchen, and it’s the perfect place to house all of her favorite reading material. The library makes for a tasteful transition into the kitchen, as well as offering a tempting destination in itself.
Blue Music Library
The odd, narrow wall niche ended up being the perfect spot to stash vinyl records.