Inspired By Dad: The Library Look

With Father’s Day upon us, our thoughts drift to the “masculine” areas of the house: the study, den, or library comes immediately to mind. Though these rooms can be designed in any style, we associate them with a more masculine decor sensibility as they traditionally include such materials as leather, dark woods, and brass. (These materials are handsome, strong, and get better with age — just like Dad.) Here are a few furniture groupings, accessories, and gifts that are ideal for Dad’s favorite space in the house:

 

A Stylish Seating Group: Jonas Papa Bear Wing Chair, Lee Industries Leather Chair With Nailhead Trim, Vintage Rosewood Nesting Tables

Library Seating

Who says that a man’s chair has to be traditional in design? If yours is a modern aesthetic, this Papa Bear Wing Chair is perfect. Bearing a mid-century look, it has white oak legs and trim, and caramel leather body — something that you can imagine Don Draper having in his office in the later seasons of Mad Men. Create a seating group by adding the Lee Industries Leather Chair with Nailhead Trim. Its comfortable construction and size is perfect for the study, library, or living room. Place Vintage Rosewood Nesting Tables in between to create a stylishly convenient place to rest a drink.

Brilliant Bookcases: ABC Carpet & Home Apothecary Style Bookcase, Artitalia Group Olympia Libraria, Candle Bookshelf Motif Bookends

Library Bookcases

Every study or library needs bookcases. For limited spaces, the ABC Carpet & Home Apothecary Style Bookcase is the right size for you. It has a rich mahogany finish with four shelves and six bottom drawers. If space isn’t an issue, however, this Italian-made Artitalia Group Olympia Libreria with three adjustable shelves and one large drawer has a stunning presence that commands attention in grand rooms. With aged glass panels and made from salvaged wood, it was constructed in the Veneto region of Italy. A lovely gift for book-lovers is this set of Vintage Candle Bookshelf Motif Bookends that would work brilliantly in either of these bookcases.

A Spacious Desk: Antique Biedermeier Secretary, Antique George II Partner’s Desk 

Library Desks

No study would be complete without a desk. The beautiful Antique Biedermeier Secretary curated by JF Chen is an excellent example of craftsmanship. It has multiple cabinets and compartments, ensuring everything has its place (even Dad’s pen collection). At 46 inches wide, it would fit in most rooms. If you need something larger, the Antique George II Partner’s desk curated by JF Chen has a similar handsome elegance. This oak desk features a weathered tooled leather top and has plenty of storage and a commanding presence.

The Right Accessories: Vintage Stag on Lucite Table Lamp, “Skip Jacks at Sunset” Oil Painting, Croghan’s Bamboo Magnifying Glass

Library Accessories

For the finishing touches in your library, think accessories. (These items also make great gifts.) The Vintage Stag on Lucite Table Lamp curated by Jeremie Adkins makes a wonderful desk lamp. It adds a whimsical touch and would look nice on an end table. The “Skip Jacks at Sunset” oil painting by Leonard Mizerek captures your attention and would be perfect over your desk. A smart addition to your desktop is Croghan’s Bamboo Magnifying Glass. It’s functional and well-designed — what more could you ask for?

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