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Book Nook. the monumental and majestic fireplace surround design that follows is absolutely awe-inspiring! A present-day incarnation of Gilded Age grandeur, it anchors the library of an equally monumental and majestic Beaux-Arts inspired home by Harrison Design Associates. Read more:

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This is fantastic. Reminds me of the study in Beauty & the Beast or some old Victorian film.

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How-To: Build A Victorian Library

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Wow.... A very stately victorian library/office.Old World, Gothic, and Victorian Interior Design: Victorian

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THE BOOK RIOT 50: #10 Libraries of the Rich and Famous

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Natural light, while anathema to the archetype of the cozy Victorian study I have in my mind, would probably be a good idea.

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What I love most about these kinds of libraries is the wood tones, both of the woods and of the books.

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Octagonal library in Wilbury Park, an Inigo Jones-style hunting lodge in Wiltshire. Library added by Fulke Greville in 1740. Image from "Interiors" by Min Hogg, Wendy Harrop & The World of Interiors.

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