My summer has been busy. I mean extra busy. VBS, Belize mission work, kids coming and going through the house all hours of the day, and I still have GISHWHES in August. Besides that I’ve been renovating my little home library.
I have four over-flowing bookshelves and stacks of plastic storage containers full of my books with no room to put them. I don’t have much of a private reading area either, or room for more shelves. So one afternoon I had this brilliant idea to create a false wall separating my room in half which would add more space on the wall for bookshelves and give a feeling of privacy!
Eventually, with enough time and money, I want to break into the attic and add a spiral staircase leading up to a reading loft. I don’t think any library is complete without a spiral staircase!
But today is about what kind of library nook I would create if I had the means to do so right now; my dream home library. What I came up with is a crazy mix. I’d say if there was only one main character in all of Jules Verne’s books and he just hopped from one adventure to another, this would be his library where he stored books and trinkets from his travels.
1. The Chair
Marathon readers know what I’m talking about! The chair has to be perfect. If it’s too hard you get uncomfortable rather quickly. If it’s too cushy you’ll end up with creaking and stiff bones. Some might go with a full couch of loveseat, but I love curling up on an oversized chair.
This is a very Boho chair. It screams of traveling and long ago adventures, maybe kinda oriental/middle-easternish? And I love the burnt orange color. I do wish the chair arms were fluffier for draping legs over the side.
I love the smell of leather. The only thing I have found about having a leather reading chair is you MUST have a throw blanket. Tears stain.
This chair is just so extra fluffy! There’s no extra spice to it; just simple colors and design, but it’s big and looks very comfy for those long reading sessions.
2. The Shelves
I currently have four book shelves and am adding more when I get the time simply because I have three storage tubs full of books in the corner of my room right now. We can all use a bit more book space, even with kindle books.
Go on and admit that you’ve always wanted a bookshelf unit that had one of those little ladders! I have ever since first watching Belle climb up one. This one kinda has a cool industrial vibe to it.
This is neat and goes well with my Jules Verne-ish design plan. It’s a cloth curtain/room divider that holds books. Let’s just hope that ladder is detachable because that looks kinda tall, but still way cool.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a bit Boho/organized chaos. Up-cycled shelves? Yes, please! This one has a bit too much space waste for me, but it does give me great ideas.
One more for the road here on the bookshelves. If you’ve read my blog before, you KNOW I love science. Mostly I’m a physics geek, but just look at these DNA bookshelves! They have a bit too much of that modern vibe for my taste, but it does give me ideas.
3. Curio / Class Cabinets
I have a lot of trinkets I’ve collected from my own adventures in Belize, on hikes, or just little keepsakes and old books found at flea markets. Not just any curio cabinet would do, though. Grandma’s glass cabinet with mirror shelves isn’t going to work for my dream library, right? Right.
This little sweetie is an Apothecary shop cabinet. Just the name of it gives me chills. I can see having my antique books on display in here; all my old Shakespeare and whatnot, but probably not the best for showing off trinkets.
This one is a display of its own! This early Chinese display cabinet again would go well with the whole adventure/travel/Verne theme I’ve got going on. That, and I’m already in love with it, even if it might not hold as much as I need it to.
Of course there’s always the idea of using museum cabinets. That’ll make sure mementos of all my adventurous past (and future) gets a proper place in my own little history volt. Hm. I like it.
4. Miscellaneous Furniture
What it says on the tin, all those neat little things you don’t usually expect to see in someone’s home, but it makes a big difference if you have it! 😀
Maybe you’ve seen these before. The drawers store maps, and the top glass displays one. Well, instead of just having plain USA/World/[Insert-Your-Country-Here] map, how about adding book world maps? Middle Earth anyone? Narnia? I’m sure Game of Thrones has maps.
Probably the most modern appliance I’d add. This thing has hot or cold water so you can have hot tea or cool water. No need to leave the room during a reading marathon to re-hydrate! (adds to list)
Glass Marker Board
Don’t judge me on this. It’s perfect for science or mystery books. Write down all your evidence and suspects to figure out the killer before the end!
Lighting is important while reading. I don’t like it too bright because it kills the atmosphere, but too dark and it kills your eyes. Meh. I’m not a big fan of brass and crystal chandeliers, or lamps for that matter, so don’t expect anything ‘pretty’.
This. This is what I like. Simple, clean, and it works. Too dark you say? No, no. Think of using multiple of these and all at different lengths and levels. There you go. Pretty neat now, huh? Kind of a light bulb planetarium? Arhaus pendant lighting page also has a cascading light pendant, and Moroccan lanterns. Hm.
Okay, so I was kinda sold on this chandelier. but it was the candles attached that added just the flare I needed! The only thing is, I don’t know if I can look at it without cringing at the death of the poor books. RIP.
Hm. I’m starting to think I might have a slight obsession with maps. But you have to admit, these things look good. Especially the way the countries are outlined in dots to let the light shine through.
Of course you have to have something on the walls and a few gadgets for home library. And if I know me, it’s probably going to get science-y and weird. I do what I want!
This is an antique orrery. It was used to predict the placements of the moon and planets at certain times of the year and when eclipses may happen. I think it just looks awesome.
This dome look familiar? Any bibliophile will tell you the library from Disney’s CARTOON version of Beauty and the Beast was amazing. I’d rather have mine presenting an orchid, or maybe some of my origami flowers.
Finally I have to have a new terrarium for my little reading buddy. The table is cute and adds to that adventure/Verne theme. And Gish would love it. Say hi, Gish!
That’s it for my dream library, though it will probably morph and change a thousand different times in a thousand nights. Leave comments on what’s in your dream library. A cosy little nook? A room with books just stacked on the floor? I’d love to hear it!