Designer Eric Ross says his client was downsizing from her previous home, so she didn’t really need new furniture or accessories.
She just wanted to showcase some of her favorite things, like her books.
Her new house has a large upstairs landing that wasn’t being used, so he turned it into a cozy library.
Be still, my book-loving heart.
Here’s a closer look at the computer desks that were there before:
And the sitting area in the library now:
I’m also loving this bedroom in her house, which looks like another cozy spot to read in…
He says the newly redecorated home “reflects the client’s personal
warmth and quiet elegance.” For more photos and information, visit Eric Ross Interiors.
Maddie May says
Breathtaking. Absolutely one of the best transformations for such a wonderfully useful new purpose. Superb craftmanship & wonderful colors. The bedroom as well is very beautiful & tranquil. I am very impressed with the designer Eric Ross’ work.
DITTO!!! just gorgeous!!
Amen. Wow – it’s the perfect template for everything a home-library should be. Perfection!
Make that 3 Yes votes, Maddie! I don’t see many spaces that make me drool -but this one certainly did. Extremely well done!
Superb transformation 🙂
bermudaonion (Kathy) says
I want that library!
Hummina, hummina, hummina 🙂 What a fabulous room! I would choose something more beachy than romantic for décor. The window seat would have to stay for me and replace the window with a larger one or add one beside it if the construction wouldn’t allow. Nonetheless, it would indeed be a pleasure to spend any amount of time in that room!
Kay @ redbirdv.wordpress.com says
The 2 chairs facing each other with a shared ottoman is genius.
I pinned said-same, with hopes of replicating this in some future house.
TY for sharing.
K A Y
I agree whole heartily shared ottoman perfect!
Ohhhh happpppy sigh…….
Isn’t this marvelous??????????
Best makeovers I have ever seen! What wonderful vision to create such welcoming luxurious spaces! Absolutely beautiful, and as a book lover – total heaven.
Glad I found your blog through Cote de Texas!
Linda P. says
I love this makeover! I wish I had a space like that just for me and my books 🙂
…absolutley wonderful…my favorite kind of interior…one beautifully filled with books…blessings laney
House Crazy Sarah says
Exquisite! The library looks like it has always been there! What a wonderful use of space!
Oh, Julia, what a gorgeous space! I want, I want, I want — I love everything about it! My one concern is that once I plopped down in one of those nice cozy chairs w/ a book, I’d be hard-pressed to ever leave!
Her bedroom is equally as lovely and inviting .. I’d love to see the rest of her home, wouldn’t you?
Such terrific posts lately; so sorry that I haven’t had the time to comment on them.. I love your small kitchen series, but I’m only about half-way through .. :- /
Esther George says
Hi Julia it is 12.40 AM and I’m having a late night sitting here watching The Closer they always manage to throw a funny in their story, thought i’de drop in one more time before bedtime and you throw in this amazing makeover. I have library envy. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Till next time Good Morning, Good Evening and Good Night. Regards Esther from Sydney.
I love the library space. If that space were in my home it is where I would spend the majority of my time. I love reading and I love seeing my books just as much as reading them. I have an ipad and I read some books on there, but not many, I like to hold them in my hands and I like to look up at them years later and remember their stories. Thanks for sharing.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
Nicole M says
Oh my goodness………..that is GORGEOUS. I just want to curl up in the chair and read one of my many favorite books. I love it. That bedroom is going to be my inspiration for our new house. THANK YOU again for putting my house on your blog. WOW tons of people have looked because of it.
Oh, good. I love sending traffic to deserving houses like yours, Nicole! Best of luck with it! 🙂
Gorgeous I am sharing with a friend!
What a lovely room! I don’t think I would ever leave! Especially like the chairs with shared ottoman. Saw that in other rooms as well, so must be a favorite of the homeowner.
Have love the before and after week. Thank you!
Wow! The library is incredible. The vision they had is incredible with that space. Thanks for sharing x
Ha ha, that is the first thought that popped in to my head as well!
What I really love about this is that they really worked out how she could use that space for how she really wants to live. If it was me, I think I would have balked at ripping out perfectly good built-ins to change it. But, of course you should if you want to use the space differently. Brilliant. I would never leave that spot!
This is such a celever idea got to love it
Alanna S says
Total library envy happening here right NOW.
Gorgeous and an inspiration for my next house.
That’s what I was thinking! House looks huge to me! But it is a very beautiful landing and what a great idea for an area that could end up being wasted space.
Jane Susan says
Gorgeous. Wouldn’t change a thing (& I would never leave the house either).
Nancy Hood says
Oh.Wow!!! I could soooo live here 🙂
Oh my goodness I am in love!! Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!!!! The bedroom looks so cozy european and feminine.
Kelly - Talk of the House says
What an incredible job! It went from a builder’s grade house to a classic custom space. Not only is it a smart use, but it is just plain beautiful. I can’t resist bookshelves!
Wow that is absolutely stunning! I really love Eric Ross’s work. He is an amazing interior designer.
I dream of having a library. In mine I’d have a couple of old leather club chairs, a fireplace, an oriental rug, and some beautiful oil paintings. And yes, I have enjoyed before and after week. Love to see them!!
Love, love, love the new space. Would it be too much to ask for bigger chairs? I like something big and squishy to hunker down in while reading! Otherwise, perfect.
Carol M says
I couldn’t stop looking at this. About as close to perfect as you can get.
Beautiful and a superb use of space that might be left unused or underused. Stunning.
Wow. What an amazing transformation.
It’s beautiful–everything. Would be such a pleasure to curl up and read in that lovely room.
that is EXACTLY what I thought LOL Love that library!