Here is the room before we got to work:
And six grueling months later, my library is just about complete. The furniture is a work-in-progress and I'm temporarily using my husband's sectional that we're going to put in the theater room once the detached garage is finished. Then I want to buy some big overstuffed chairs. But enough of what I will do, I want to enjoy my library now. We pulled out the existing bookshelves above the spiral staircase in the loft and then added more below as well.
I loved the original antique fireplace mantel, although we may still have to replace the old gas insert that doesn't work very well.
I bought these antique corbels off ebay and we stained them to match the wood in the library. I think they probably came off some old house exterior. It just soaked up the stain. We also added wrought iron spindles between the wooden because the railings were far from up to code.
Here are the other two Corinthian columns that I bought off a woman secondhand. They look great in our bedroom but I think also add a grand touch to the library entrance off the foyer.
I love that I can walk out my bedroom door on the second floor and see straight into my library every morning.
And I love the tin ceiling and beams. To me, it's everything a library should be.
I bought an antique table secondhand so that we'd have a homework table in the library as well as making it easier to serve food when I host book club. (And check out those awesome radiator covers and how the carpenter worked them into the bookshelves and the bench under the window. I love how those turned out!)
As you can see from the window, it's snowing today. If only the fireplace would work, this just might be the best moment of my life.