Library for English Manor Residence
Inspired by the stately libraries of historic English Manor homes, this refined library has an aura of grandness, while retaining an intimate scale. It suggests scholarly pursuits, while simultaneously exuding a livable, charming persona.
The design concept was to create an elegantly classic space with a modern aesthetic. An heirloom ikat rug and leather bound books are juxtaposed with a mixed media collage by David Melton and contemporary furniture. Designed to be graciously welcoming in all seasons, a cozy sitting area snuggles around the fireplace, providing an inviting place to read on cold, winter nights; while in temperate weather, pairs of carved French doors can be flung open to a covered terrace and courtyard garden beyond. This visually and literally extends the space to the outdoors, while an anteroom, that transitions the library from the entrance hall, further extends the space.
Custom designed, finely detailed black walnut millwork defines the two story, barrel vaulted ceiling, which is the dominant architectural feature of the library. Ribbed vaults draw the eye upward to the balcony of the second floor reading loft that overlooks the space.
The exquisitely elegant walnut millwork is the highlighted feature of the bookshelves, fireplace mantelpiece, paneled walls and gentleman’s bar cabinetry. Polished limestone floors flow from the entrance hall and through the space, and provide a pleasing contrast with the dark walnut millwork, while unexpected pops of yellow enliven the room, keeping it fresh, vibrant and welcoming. The space is elegantly balanced, proportioned and sophisticated, with all of the elements creating a unified architectural composition.