January is always a time I to want to find a place to snuggle up and get cozy. It’s cold and dreary outside in most places, and coming off of all the holiday craziness it feels good to relax and settle back into a bit of a routine. After the year we have all had, I think we’re all looking for cozy spaces now more than ever before. When Kathleen and I designed the Midway Modern Farmhouse, it was really important for our client to have a space to read to her grandkids and gather to talk and learn about family past and present. A home library design was always something I wanted to create, and it was the perfect answer to fill this need.
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The Midway Modern Farmhouse is so light and bright, it was fun to create a spot that felt like a cocoon. Warm and inviting, dark and moody, the perfect place to curl up in one of the comfy leather chairs with a blanket, cup of hot cocoa, and a good book.
This room was originally used for an office or some type of work space it appeared, and had great bookshelves that we were able to salvage (this is one of few original things left in this house!) We removed some of the cabinets and built in desk and left these four sections of open shelves. With some updated trim we were able to add the library lights up above. Check out this before picture of the home library.
A pretty big change, right? We wanted the space to be a contrast to the light and bright entry and dining room across the hall, giving it more of that cozy feel, so we painted the walls a dark Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore. The ceiling went a few shades lighter by lightening up the Kendall Charcoal by 50%. We kept the trim dark and moody too, matching the walls. I love this peek of the dark library across from the bright dining room.
The one spot we left untouched was the inside of those shelving units. The natural wood pops against all of that dark paint!
These super comfy leather chairs were a must for this space, and the black and white rug and round black coffee table are the perfect spot to gather around. We wanted to use the 4 large chairs in place of a sofa to create a great conversation area, perfect for telling stories.
Our clients envisioned this home as a place for all of their extended family to get together and create memories and a big piece of that was to create a spot where family memories of those who have passed could be shared as well. We created a gallery wall full of black and white pictures of family members past and present, to help bring those memories to life.
It was so fun to create this beautiful home library design for this wonderful family. I know so many wonderful memories will be made here!
Quite the change, right? It’s amazing how you don’t necessarily have to change much structurally to completely change the look of a room! It’s like night and day in here! 🙂
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