Books in the Hall

Don't have room in your home for a proper library? What about using the walls of your hallway? I love this idea. Install some built-in shelves along the sides of your hall to accommodate your books! Now that's thinking outside of the box.


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Library Dreams

I have an enormous expanse of wall in my dining room. Someday I would love to build wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling bookcases for my home library, which is spread out all over my home. I imagine that it might look something like this:


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And if I can't have the above, I would settle for something like this:



A Book and a Fireplace

With freezing temperatures here in Dallas (and all over the country), I yearn for a book and a warm place to read it. Here are some beautiful spaces that plan for moments just like this, placing fire and literature in close proximity. Brilliant.

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And here are some living rooms I have photographed for Houzz.com that have the same idea:

Home of Scott and Rachel Anderson - photo by Sarah Greenman

Home of Brian and Deanna Pennock - photo by Sarah Greenman

Home of Morgan and Monica Campbell - photos by Sarah Greenman


Speechless

THIS home is ridiculously beautiful.  What was this space?  A ballroom from a bygone era?  First of all, the crumbling plaster on the walls is so beautiful and the soaring architecture - astounding. But the manner in which the inhabitants have filled this cavernous space is brilliant.  I love all the intimate seating areas, dinning area, books, large scale art that sets off the space, rather than competing with it - all of it is so well done. 










Bold Blue

A little something about me that you might not know: I'm psychic.  And I know what you've been doing.  You have been hemming and hawing for far too long about what color to paint that room.  You know the room I'm talking about.  Want my advice?  Blue.  Bold beautiful blue.  Cobalt for drama.  Or peacock for playfulness. Your choice. 

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The Home as Studio

The photo below of John Lennon and Yoko Ono quietly writing together in a communal space got me thinking about transitional rooms that provide a haven for creative pursuits.  When designing my own home, it is my goal that almost every room be at the ready for a painting project, journal entry, quiet reading or some other creative endeavour.  I love when rooms call out for creative play and thoughtful art. 


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Short Stories


I love reading.  Reading is what made me want to be a writer.  I used to read a lot, but since becoming a mama, I've had less and less time to sit down with a big juicy novel.  And even if I had the time, I don't have the focus for a particularly long thought arch.  Isn't that sad?  This is why I've recently started reading short stories again.  I love the short story form and there are so many good ones out there.  Are you looking for some short fiction too?  Here are my picks...



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What is your favorite short story? 
I'm always looking for a new read!