Home Library Design

Once thought of as space for academics to smoke cigars and sip whiskey, the era of covid-19 has transformed home libraries into now cozy places of refuge. Those who’ve grown tired of Netflix and election coverage might find solace in curling up with a book. From a reading nook with a small chaise to a grand room with a fireplace and soaring ceilings, five local designers offer inspiration for creating a home library.

Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design

Whether ornate or minimalist, design ideas for accommodating one’s personal taste abound, says Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design in McLean. “When it comes to home libraries, the customization options are endless,” she said. “Some of my favorite things to include in libraries are art light sconces that illuminate the books, a built-in bar, closed storage, a built-in reading nook or even a secret bookcase door.”

A literary retreat need not lack elegance,

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HOME PROFILE: Beautiful home has 9 fireplaces, in-law apartment – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA

Built for Captain John Cross (mariner) in 1804, this stately classic is a breathtakingly gorgeous blend of Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities with the unique ability to adapt easily to 21st Century lifestyles. This residence has a few extra perks, too.

 

ADDRESS: 8 Washington Square, Marblehead

BEDROOMS: 5

BATHROOMS: 3 full

LIVING SPACE: 4,399 sq. ft.

PRICE: $1,650,000

 

Built for Captain John Cross (mariner) in 1804, this stately classic is a breathtakingly gorgeous blend of Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities with the unique ability to adapt easily to 21st Century lifestyles. This residence has a few extra perks, too.

One is that iconic Abbott Hall is a constant backdrop. Another is that this home has nine fireplaces, a scuttle and offers the option of a luxurious first-floor (no stairs) in-law unit or rental. Oh, a private porch is also part of the package!

We’ll come back to all

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Interior Design brings color to the Parade of Homes | Real Estate

The Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes started this weekend and continues today and next weekend, with eight homes that are available for online touring, and seven homes that are available for in-person visits. With the popularity of home remodeling shows from areas across the country, it’s easy to stay on top of home interior styles elsewhere, but the Parade is a great opportunity to see the styles that locals love.

The experts say that the Grand Valley is typically a few years behind the rest of the country when it comes to home interior design choices, but one thing is consistent with local design preferences regardless of whether a home was designed in Tuscan style back in 2006 or in modern farmhouse in 2020: rustic never quite goes away, and it’s not uncommon to see the outside brought inside with textures, colors and materials during the Parade of

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On the Market: Contemporary Westport home offers custom design


WESTPORT — Although Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Bolton chose the town of Westport in which to raise his children, Bolton Lane is not named for him and he never lived on this street.

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Karl Lohnes: Home design trends to look forward to in 2021

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After almost a year of spending the majority of my time at home, I’m ready for some changes in 2021. The new year, although still a couple of months away, will bring new decorating opportunities, and now’s the time to plan out what changes you want to prioritize to make your home look fabulous and function better for how you use it now.

Ready for a new look? Nothing can freshen your space faster than incorporating a few new trends. So, if you’re like me and ready to say goodbye to 2020, then say hello to these three big 2021 trends.

Industrial surfaces

To add a sense of earthy comfort, look for rustic and natural finishes for surfaces like bathroom shower walls, kitchen counters and fireplace mantels. This week, quartz surface manufacturer Silestone launched the Loft Collection, with five new colours inspired by industrial design and features found

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Looking for Escapist TV? Try Home Design Shows

A few minutes into an episode of “Dream Home Makeover,” a home improvement series premiering on Netflix on Oct. 16, an anxious homeowner frets about a minor flaw in the family-room fireplace, an asymmetry that the wife describes as “pretty dramatic.”

If you’ve watched enough home improvement television, you know this scene is meant to cue the eye rolls. But Shea McGee, the show’s perky co-star and the creative force behind the Salt Lake City design firm Studio McGee, cheerfully downplays the issue, promising the couple that the half-inch error will fade into the background once their grand 7,900-square-foot home is complete.

Her down-to-earth approach soothes her clients’ nerves, but also threads a needle for Netflix, which has decided that the salve homebound Americans need right now is an escapist lineup of shows about how to make the homes we can’t escape look prettier. In recent months, the network has

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Dine on Design: London’s best-looking restaurants

From Latin American splendour to a chic French corner, London’s most stylish venues put presentation on a par with cuisine.

With a selection of places to eat, drink and feast on fabulous design, we celebrate the spaces that don’t compromise on ingredients or decor.

A glamorous pub conversion, a lower ground fine dining experience and a concept store meets restaurant with a Seventies twist are in the mix.


Whether you are seeking interiors inspiration or fancy a delectable dinner these are the spots to know…

Casa Cruz

Where? On leafy Clarendon Road in Notting Hill.

Design details: The vision of charming restaurateur and designer Juan Santa Cruz, this vibrant haunt is wonderfully glamorous. Cruz left behind a career in finance and business to pursue his passion for hospitality and interiors much to the delight of everyone who visits his super stylish restaurants. The

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How 400-year-old Delft tiles became an interior design sensation

What is the item all the young, new-wave interior designers are trying to get their hands on at the moment? Not a limited-edition chair from Milan or a sculptural chandelier, but 400-year-old, hand-painted tiles hailing from the small Dutch city of Delft.

Delft tiles were first produced in the Dutch Golden Age as a response to Chinese blue-and-white glazed porcelain, and have since become instantly recognisable throughout the world for their cobalt blue and white-grey colour. They’ve been exported, replicated and collected by keen-eyed connoisseurs ever since production largely ceased in the 18th century, when cheaper British reproductions put Dutch potters out of business.

Recently, a new generation of makers have been turning their hand to the antiquated craft, with Instagram-savvy crafts people and young interior designers drawn to the pictorial designs.

Authentic antique tiles are identifiable by their greyish-white tin-lead glaze (which was found to be toxic for potters

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Lorella design offers spacious living room | Current Prices

An intriguing three-step hipped roof crowns the Lorella, a small home with a surprisingly spacious living room. Its stately brick column works with the brick detailing on the garage to create an attractive frame for the front door and sidelight.

This plan’s narrow footprint, a mere 40 feet in width, allows for construction on a small lot, deeper than it is wide.

Parents with young children will appreciate the close proximity of the bedrooms, all on the right. Bathrooms, utilities, and closets placed down the middle do double duty, serving as sound buffers between the sleeping rooms and the typically noisier active living areas.

Standing in front of the living room’s gas fireplace, you can gaze outside in three directions. Wide multipaned windows fill most of the front wall, sliders at the rear look out across a patio, and another set of windows flanks the fireplace. On days when you

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Nine of the Best Electric Fireplaces to Warm Your Home

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Who doesn’t like curling up next to a roaring fire? It’s one of our greatest pleasures during the fall and winter months—assuming you have a fireplace, that is. But if your home doesn’t have an existing wood burning fireplace and you’ve looked into the process of adding one, you likely already know that this can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Luckily, there are other options. If you’re open to the idea of forgoing a traditional fireplace and chimney for a more portable option, then an electric fireplace is a good alternative.

If you’re considering going the electric route, there are a few things to keep in mind according to Josh McCormick, vice president of operations for Mr. Electric, a Neighborly company. “Some electric fireplaces are more substantial than others and have unique features and differences in how they operate,” he explains. Unlike traditional gas

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