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.
She called it her “Book Barn,” and it was featured in House & Garden.
A Stone Cottage Devoted to Books
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. 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.
To see all the photos and read the entire story about the “Book Barn,”
visit House & Garden (photos by Paul Massey).