An antique English bookcase that’s unusual yet useful

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 the books are faux!

The center doors open to reveal plenty of room for a flat-screen television that can stay hidden when not in use. 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 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.

This setting is our library; it could become a den, a living room or a office by dressing it up or down.

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