Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful season
as we slide ever so quickly towards the end of another year!
A most challenging year it was, too!
It is rainy and cool here this week, and we had a touch of frost
a few days ago, but still not enough to take out the last of the flowers, just yet.
I promised you a peek at our new library! This has been many years
in the making... years of dreaming, collecting and saving, and lots of hard work
on the part of my dear Ramblin' Man and son's.
The loft above is our new bedroom.
The library was previously our bedroom space,
but it was never fully finished - just sort of roughed in.
The loft was more or less an attic space that I
used as a craft/sewing room. There was no railing
and the ceiling consisted of open rafters while the walls
were only primed. (They are now painted 'Friendly Yellow').
For many years we just had dreams, but now here we are,
and I am so excited to share it with you!
I recently read about a new decorating trend
called 'Dark Academia Aesthetic', and it perfectly
described our library!
This is a trend that has a cozy sense of nostalgia inspired by
classic literature and scholarly pursuits.
There are two kinds; light and dark academia.
This version is dark.
The components that make up this trend are leather-bound books,
vintage floral art, and traditional furniture.
Antique or vintage finds, especially those related to writing or learning,
such as antique typewriters, (I am looking for one of those)
vintage botanical prints, and traditional globes
are hallmarks of this look.
Dark academia has moody, subdued lighting and rich, saturated colors,
for a dark, intimate feel. Richly stained wood furniture and leather
furniture also fit this look.
Shelves are filled with vintage items and worn hardcover books.
Art is inspired by vintage, botanical illustrations or autumnal landscapes.
I honestly didn't know about this trend when we were putting it all together!
The leather chairs were once my son, Gabe's. He redecorated and we
were the lucky recipients.
Ramblin' Man collects wooden boxes which he displays
on the shelves.
They are filled with his collections of odd bits and pieces :)
My Dad's memorial flag proudly takes the top shelf.
If only this table could talk it would reveal my family's history.
The bookshelves were painted to match the center television console that
we purchased from Ballard Designs.
It wasn't a perfect match, but extremely close.
Ramblin' Man connected them all with two shelves
above the television.
I love to sit and drink my morning coffee here while I catch
up on the morning news.
A close-up of the gate and one of four vintage botanical
prints - gifts from my daughter, Heather.
Looking towards the deck.
Tucked beside the end of the bookshelf is an antique gateleg
table that can be set up in this area for book perusing.
I have all of my gardening, herb and art books to get reacquainted with.
I also want to get a standing easel to put here, to try my hand at watercolor.
We took the canopy down and put the furniture away last week :(
Looking back to see the gateleg table tucked beside the
vintage English armoire which holds my coats and jackets.
I painted the louvered closet doors under the stairs to match the bookshelves.
I keep my holiday decorations there.
The front windows look out onto the lawn.
The door beside the desk leads into the newly remodeled bathroom.
Again, this was a roughed-in, but usable room - very rustic.
All in all it took a whole year of steady work to finish these projects.
Now that we are retired and home more than anywhere else,
we are so grateful to have this special place
to relax, renew, and pursue the things that truly inspire us.
P.S. Any product names I have mentioned here are just to share
sources. I do not, nor have I ever, received compensation
from any person or company.