When we saw this English breakfront bookcase, we knew it belonged in the gallery. It’s one of the more interesting pieces we’ve found in our travels because of its uniqueness. The center doors open to reveal plenty of room for a flat-screen television that can stay hidden when not in use, or any of your personal treasures.
Because of the natural finish on this 12 1/2-foot wall unit, we’ve opted to decorate the room setting with elements of Nature — a deer mount, horns, tree limbs — and we’ve used framed watercolors that have a unifying water theme.
This bookcase is circa early 1900’s, and we’ve mixed it with lots of leather-covered French and English pieces that beg to be sat upon. We’ve added our signature bling in the form of an ormolu-trimmed Louis XV game table. The antique armillary centering the table is another unusual find.
To our library setting we’ve included an understated French Country writing desk that balances the bling of the game table. Notice the leopard print on our ottoman; no room is complete without one piece of animal fabric incorporated in its decor. Our requisite pop of color is found on the floor by using the Serapi rug.
Don’t get us wrong: We love books, and we love to read. We were drawn to this piece because of the creativity of an artisan a century ago. It represents the kind of special gems that we know make a home a sanctuary.
For us, almost any piece of furniture can be used in any setting, whether formal or informal. This wall unit would work in a den, a living/family room, or a bedroom. The leather chairs are suitable for a living room or den — or perhaps as the host and hostess seating in a dining room.
The game table, with its golden details, would fit in some foyers as easily as it does in the setting we have chosen.
We urge you to take chances, to step outside of your decorating comfort zone. Move your furniture to different rooms, switch accessories. Make it yours.