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the library

 Today I have the before and after pictures of our library. I laid the wood flooring while my husband was deployed (I got the wood for $1.25 a square ft from the habitat store because I knew we were refinishing the floors anyway, so as long as it was 2.25 x .75 oak flooring it would eventually match.) but we built in the book shelves and stuff after he got back. The bookshelves are from IKEA and they have extensions on them to make them 8 ft tall, we put doors on to prevent dust, and to cover board game and piano and guitar music storage. We added crown and baseboard molding to make them be built in. The chairs are so comfortable, and were $350 each from a local closeout store. The love seat was $300 as a floor model and randomly the room was perfectly the width of 2 of the bookcases we wanted and the love seat with only an inch of clearance. The side tables were purchased for $30 each from a couple of different antique stores. The coffee table was $250 from a regular furniture store on sale. The tapestry in the background is a mid to late 17th to very early 18th century antique that also randomly was perfectly the width we needed. The silk drapes are made from 12 yards of silk fabric that my aunt gave to my mom, that I then stole from my mom. My aunt works with designers and apparently they ordered the fabric, but then changed their mind about what they wanted to use and just gave it to my aunt. I did a sort of faux smocking at the top of the drapes and they are some of my favorite drapes ever. The wool rug is one I have had for years and it was originally from Sam's Club. My hubby also wired the bookshelves with picture lights to light up the tapestry. 

We use this room for piano, reading, guitar playing, and more formal guest reception.

view from the dining room, and view looking down from the upstairs before we moved in.


my multi colored floor in progress and the sanded floor.


view from the balcony (I don't think I currently have any from downstairs right now) sorry, the kids had been sitting in it before I took the picture, and I didn't bother to straighten out the throws or the green pillow.


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Jan. 12th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)

Beautifully done.
Jan. 12th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is gorgeous.
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Looks wonderful. I love the built-ins.
Aug. 1st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
I love that your home is so *homey* - like, it looks like a beautifully decorated home that I wouldn't be afraid of breaking something if I lived in it. :)

I like homes like that. Homes built for functionality, and not for a magazine photo shoot.
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