Surrounded by Books

Given a home large enough to devote a single room to reading and books this might be what you get. There is even a wall for magazine subscriptions done the way they do it in public libraries, with the current issues on display and past issues on shelves just behind and below them. The bookcases are crafted from recycled heart pine (as are the floors) and stop a foot short of the ceiling. Lighting above creates a warm glow in the room. This reading retreat is a world away – just what these spaces aim to achieve

Window Seat Refuge

At the far end of a master bedroom suite is this window seat niche. It is deep enough to curl up in. It is a space to retreat to and get lost in a favorite book. It is a space to just sit and gaze out the window at whatever the season is offering. Just seeing it there is reassuring. Whatever happens out in the world, this retreat awaits.

Recline on the Couch

This had been the Living Room, but it was never used or occupied. The TV lived in a gathering room adjoining the kitchen, but it interfered with the social activities there. Dead space on either side of the fireplace was converted into a bookcases that allow coffee table books to be left open and displayed. It also accommodates the electronics for house media. The furniture is arranged for couch potato reclining. Now the room is used all the time and the gathering room is more convivial and less distracting.

Outdoor Kitchen Bliss

Not every personal space is devoted to solitude (though many are). And not all are inside. This beautifully crafted outdoor kitchen is nestled against the back of a garage and adjacent to a beautiful garden. It is meant for socializing and some serious grilling. It’s all about good times and good fun with friends and family on beautiful days from spring thru fall.