By Al3xa. bookcases. At Monday, May 21st 2018, 17:10:11 PM.
Built-in bookshelves, with their visual heft and custom touches, are the ultimate luxury for the organizing-obsessed—especially if you`re renting and can only dream of such things. However, even if you do own your own place, they can often be prohibitively expensive to build. (And then there`s the matter of deciding where they should go . . . forever.)
Though we live in a digital age, there’s no replacing the power of books—especially in design. Not only do they tell the story of the homeowner, adding personality to a space, but they also make a bold decor statement. “A . . . book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote.
The central area uses the available space in a deceptively simple way. With the kitchen to the left and bedroom to the right, two offices are stacked above it and accessed by a stairway in the rear of the room. Family antiques and Japanese textiles composed of complementary textures turn what is essentially a boxy space into a welcoming home.