"SMW Design, The Library . . . "
I wanted to share one of our recently completed projects here at the office . . . a classic, european-inspired library for one of my clients here in the Bay Area. For me, it just seems to 'tick all the boxes' as a retreat for the modern-day, yet traditional, gentleman. Antique leather Chesterfield sofas. Classic English wing chairs nestled by the fireplace. A flatscreen TV. And a marvelous custom plaid textile from Scotland upholstered on the walls. The perfect place to recover from a busy day.
In many ways - this space was all about lighting. And creating layers of light to compliment the dark, masculine room. Gallery lights on each of the pieces of artwork. Floor lights ready for a good book. Table fixtures to anchor the larger pieces of furniture. And of course, the custom lighting that we added to the library shelves.
I love creating these "little moments" within the larger scope of the room.
Opposite the fireplace, this antique leather settee becomes another place to gather. And the cast-iron truck adds both literal and emotional weight to the room - as well as another strong sense of history.
We also had a marvelous time working with the decorative textiles in the room. We added a few more classic tartans, mixed with lush wool paisleys, and used these charming needlepoint pillows from Ralph Lauren to finish out the room.