What was once a dark, gothic Spanish, heavy with stained old wood, dungeon of a library in this sprawling Spanish-style estate in Hope Ranch, was transformed, to say the least. The designer was given a free reign to make this somewhat small room (relatively speaking) modern and fun to sit in. She wanted to keep the architectural integrity of the Spanish home: the beams, arches and wood were kept, but she thought navy. Navy blue! All the dark wood for the shelving was stripped and painted a beautiful shade of navy blue that instantly transformed the dark goth. The home owner’s Chagall took a new spot above the mantel, the colors popping against the navy backdrop. The library kept it’s theme with tufted leather chairs on each side of the fireplace, but the spontaneity continued to the sofa, upholstered in a rich dark blue velvet with over-sized nailheads. A glass table in the center lightened it up, stacked with coffee talbe books and an orchid. And a zebra (faux I hope, haha!) covered ottoman finishes it off, with a tic-tac-toe game waiting for the readers’ breaks. Anywhere you sit in this room boasts a view of the gorgeous scenery outside, mountains, palm trees, through the glass doors on one side, or the arches leading to more glass doors on the other side.
I would totally love to hang out in this library, sure beats the libraries I grew up in!
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