A Lofty Writer’s Studio: Lane Smith’s Book-Filled Barn

by hookedonhouses on November 20, 2009


Children’s book author and illustrator Lane Smith lives in a charming 200-year old farmhouse in Connecticut. Behind the farmhouse is Smith’s writing studio in the barn, which I’m even more in love with. When I saw his floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, I nearly swooned. As a writer, this would be my dream work space.

farmhouse-front doorThe bookshelves are filled with Smith’s collection of vintage children’s books.

farmhouse-two-story bookshelvesThe bookshelves themselves were built with the wood from reclaimed antique floorboards to give them a rustic look.

farmhouse-stone fireplaceThis seating area by the stone fireplace looks like a cozy place to sit on a cold Connecticut night, doesn’t it?

farmhouse-black shutters

The 200-year old farmhouse is worth looking at, too. You can see all the photos at Country Living. (Photography by David Prince.)

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Alpaca Farmgirl November 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

This is absolutely gorgeous! It really inspires me when planning our next farmhouse.
.-= Alpaca Farmgirl´s last blog ..Fall Leaves on the Farm =-.

Stephanie November 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

i am totally in love with this house…love it!

sue@solsticehome November 20, 2009 at 10:01 am

wow! this is wonderful..some much inspiration from one place
.-= sue@solsticehome´s last blog ..The Great Crate Caper =-.

Christi at A Southern Life November 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

If I had a place like that to work, I might never go home!

Christi @ A Southern Life
.-= Christi at A Southern Life´s last blog ..Southern Sides =-.

black eyed susans kitchen November 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

This is the style of house that I dream about. The barn is just an added bonus to that dream. Time to go buy that lottery ticket again…I would love to “build” an old house like this!
.-= black eyed susans kitchen´s last blog ..BITTERSWEET =-.

Janell Beals November 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

Though I love more trailored spaces this really appeals to me, very restful, romantic and cozy, I can certainly imagine getting a lot of work done in such a space. And the fireplace, what a fabulous spot to curl up and read a great book. Did you notice how a TV is descretely placed amoungst the books on the shelf? Janell
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..No Griswold Christmas Here =-.

Tracy November 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

Gorgeous spaces. I love him because he illustrated “The Stinky Cheese Man”… one of my daughter’s (ok, mine) favorite books when she was little.
.-= Tracy´s last blog ..Hanging Your Collection: A Quick Tip =-.

Lisa Canning November 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

GASP! This is breathtaking. So cozy and comfortable.

Vicki November 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

I LOVE this house!! The fireplace is gorgeous. I can just picture myself sitting there drinking hot tea on a cold evening. =)
.-= Vicki´s last blog ..GoComics.com =-.

Kellye November 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Wow, that’s some studio! Love the fireplace & cozy reading area. I used to be such a big reader (damn you, internet!) and dreamed of having a big library, too.

Janell–I noticed the TV slipped in there, too.

christy November 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Yes that is a beautiful writing space, and the house looks oh so cozy! I hope we get a good snow this year – it’s been a while! Hope you have a great weekend Julia!
.-= christy´s last blog ..The Foo’s favorite ‘word’ =-.

Melinda November 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I love his house ALMOST as much as I love his books! He’s been one of my favorite children’s author since “The Happy Hockey Family” was published. He wrote a sequel right after he moved to Connecticut about a city family who moves into an old house in the country … now that I’ve seen the pictures I can tell it was pretty much autobiographical !

Celebrity Digs HQ November 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

We’re obsessed with barns and fireplaces lately! Really dig his stone fireplace and especially love those kilim-covered chairs! CDHQ
.-= Celebrity Digs HQ´s last blog ..Richard Gere Sells His Hamptons Home for $5.9M =-.

Julie M. November 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration! I’ve been meeting with the plan man this week…we’ve been designing the “loft floor” of my “new” shop! : )

Have a lovely weekend!

Julie M.

ps Do I see shoes tucked in under the bookcase?
.-= Julie M.´s last blog ..Liv & Little G =-.

Kim November 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm

When I first read the title, I pictured this old webby barn, but after seen the pictures, I love it. That’s the coolest barn I have ever scene. My favorite part is the great room.

I looked at the outside of the house and didn’t think it was going to be all that great inside, but after seen the pictures, I have to say that’s one of the best farm houses I have ever seen.

Great post!

Jane @ Beach House November 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Mmm, a quiet and cosy house to curl up in. Beautiful
.-= Jane @ Beach House´s last blog ..The big bed bust or the super kitchen table steal deal =-.

Struggler November 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Beautiful. I love how books turn a house into a home. As for books plus a fireplace, well, that’s practically perfect!

pk @ Room Remix November 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Looks like a wonderful, cozy place to spend a fall day just reading the day away…
.-= pk @ Room Remix´s last blog ..Accessorizing Your Walls – DIY Art Ideas =-.

Love Where You Live November 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I’m sooo glad I stopped by. Love those bookcases. I’m sketching out something now to see if my husband can construct these for me. I was just thinking the other day that i wish I had a place, and when I saw these really tall ones, I knew….! Thank you! If you have time, please stop by and check out my giveaway — and play. cheers, -susan
.-= Love Where You Live´s last blog ..Best GiveAway Ever! Valued $275-plus…. =-.

linda@LimeintheCoconut November 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Ohhhhhh. Swoon. I am so in love. I want to sit by the fire…read a book…while the snow gently falls outside.
.-= linda@LimeintheCoconut´s last blog ..They came…they shot…they left. Photo shoot part II =-.

DesignTies November 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Oh wow, the house and the barn are both beautiful!! I love all that wood — the ceiling beams, the bookcases, the trim… and the dining room table is fab!!

Yep, I could definitely envision cozying up by that fireplace on a cold winter’s night :-)

.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..Another side of Belgian design =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now November 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Would kill for a bookshelf like that! :) (It could hold all my fluffy books…okay, and literature too) ;)
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..I Never Thought I’d Say This… =-.

Annie@A View on Design November 21, 2009 at 6:31 am

That farmhouse from outside is amazing!!!

I recently received a blog award which requires me to pass on the award, I’ve chosen your blog for obvious reasons, I’m a big fan!

Check out this post and if you get time, I suggest you do it, because it was actually quite fun! Although I’m aware you’ve done a couple already – so I’d forgive you for not doing it!


catchya on the flipside!
.-= Annie@A View on Design´s last blog ..Awards etc =-.

Kirsten November 21, 2009 at 8:13 am

The barn is just beautiful, and just reading through the comments it looks like it is the kind of space that speaks to creative effort. There is something to this idea that warm wood, warm textiles, and a cozy fireplace will fuel the creative spark in all of us.

I for one am deeply, DEEPLY jealous of his collection of vintage kid’s books.
.-= Kirsten´s last blog ..I Peaked Early =-.

jamesxvi November 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I love this! I just posted a barn-style vignette set in my future library at Garvinweasel. Thanks for this inspiring post.
.-= jamesxvi´s last blog ..Country chic =-.

anna see November 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Yummy. What more can I say? Thanks for sharing such great images w/ us!
.-= anna see´s last blog ..No Garage. No Mudroom. No Problem? Small Space Ideas. =-.

Katie November 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm

good lord that is a great find!

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