As a book lover, this is the stuff my dreams are made of. Emma Burns, senior decorator at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, had so many books that she converted an old stone barn on her farm in the English countryside into a guest cottage with enough bookshelves to hold them all.
A Stone Cottage Devoted to Books
Emma Burns calls this her “book barn,” and it was featured in House & Garden.
Emma says, “This place used to be a glorified garden shed, and though it seemed daft to have so much space and not do anything with it, we couldn’t decide what. Then we moved from our old house in London into a much smaller one and ended up with all these books sitting in storage, so we decided to make it into a book room.”
The ladder leads to a small gallery upstairs where there’s a study and a bedroom.
The oak floors are heated so the cottage can be used all year.
Besides four prints of country scenes, “The books give all the colour that’s needed.”
There are a couple of hidden doors in the bookshelves, if you know where to look!
One door leads to a bathroom; the other to a pantry.
The barn has its original stonework and roof tiles, but the original doors were re-made as shutters.
Love it. For more information, visit House & Garden (photos by Paul Massey). I was up late last night reading Alexander Chee’s new novel, and a cozy cottage like this seems like the perfect place to curl up with a book like that. A girl can dream… 🙂