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10 Incredible Home Libraries

by Grace Bonney


We’ve been dealing with endless rounds of rain lately, and all I want to do in weather like that is curl up with the pets and a good book on the couch (and maybe a snack). Between Julia and I we have a pretty hefty book collection, so we’ve been focusing on devoting space to our favorites in our dining room, where we had a full room of built-in shelves installed. I’ve been spending more time in our little home library, so it got me thinking about some of my favorite home libraries we’ve shared here at Design*Sponge. From small under-stairs shelving to grand, floor-to-ceiling storage (with rolling library ladders!), these spaces remind me that I can devote as much of my love and my space to print as I can to digital. I hope these libraries will inspire you as much as they have me, either to redecorate or just grab your favorite book and revisit it for a while. xo, grace

Image above: Jessica Helgerson’s amazing home library on Sauvie Island in Oregon. 

*Be sure to check out these sweet reading nooks from our favorite home tours, too!


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Images above: (Top) The incredible under-stair library in the Guts & Glory studio; (MiddleThe Kingston, NY home of two musicians contains this amazing triangle-shaped home library; (Bottom) Beautifully modified IKEA bookshelves in the Brooklyn home library of Amy Azzarito.


Talk about an impressive library! Sibella Court’s Australian studio includes this amazing library of magazines, books, craft supplies and collected ephemera.


I’m with this Pug — this great home library makeover (with curved rolling library ladder track!) is worth smiling about.


Wood salvaged from a nearby historic restoration project became the perfect library shelving for this Texas home.


This Saugerties, New York home pairs a lemon yellow sofa with a wall of built-in shelving for books (and a cleverly disguised TV).


I love any time shelving follows the shape of a room, especially in this home from Marie Claire Maison.


This Vancouver loft has an amazing floor-to-ceiling home library accessible by a great rolling library ladder.


This Washington, D.C. home’s library makeover was inspired by the owner’s impressive collection of Esquire magazines.

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