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February 13, 2017, 08:56 AM

The library comes home

By Shirley Kay

Antique Slingsby Library trolley © Edward Haes

Arts & Crafts Library Reading Table Bookcase © YewTree Antiques
Painted Pine furniture shelves © BCA Matériaux Anciens
Victorian oak stair tread bookshelf © Bygones

New York, USA - The home library is a room that is now back in vogue reports New York based, LuxeLife, a real estate blog. A library is the perfect sanctuary from the stress of modern life. In fact with the increase in working from home, a study library would provide the ideal place to really concentrate in peace. It also enables a homeowner to showcase not just a book collection but art, sculpture or other historical artifacts. Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero famously said, 'If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need'.

This may surprise with the popularity ebooks but real print books are still holding their own. One of the main reasons is that print books are yours to keep for life and your own library or shelf filled with books gives a physical reminder of your own intellectual and spiritual journey. Books will create a great talking and sharing focus with visitors too. A real book can be made very personal with written notes and it is easy to return to favourite pages again and again.

There is something very special about an old book in particular. It comes with a history all of its own. A visit to a library like the the New York Public Library or the British Library would certainly inspire most people to pick up a real book again. The libraries have treasures on display in their exhibitions. The current exhibition in New York is Love in Venice, exploring the literary, artistic, musical and cultural aspects of Venice's seductiveness. Open until the end of August. A letter also related to love, especially significant in Valentine's week, is the last letter written by Nelson to Emma Hamilton, on display in the British Library. Their special exhibitions in 2017 include Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths and Harry Potter, A History of Magic.

The rich and famous such as Oprah and Keith Richards can have whole rooms filled with books but a home library can even be just a few shelves. There are useful links below to help you organise books in any sized home. Helpful advice on how to design and make your own reclaimed wood floating shelves comes from Stacey's 'Not Just a Housewife' blog. The other from House and Garden, provides lots of design ideas on how to display books anywhere in the home. Then all you need to do is just enjoy taking time out to discover a book collection of your own to love. Source reclaimed wood at your local architectural salvage or reclamation yard and find old books in secondhand and antique bookstores. See the Salvo directory for a store near you.

Finally find a comfy chair and read. To quote, American novelist, George R.R. Martin, 'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.'

Images show just a few home library options currently for sale on SalvoWEB.

New York Public Library

British Library

Stacey Risenmay. Not just a housewife blog: Reclaimed wood floating shelves
House and Garden: 101 most novel bookshelf ideas

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Date Modified: February 15, 2017, 05:23 PM

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