July 23, 2015

Bachelor Pad – Library Before and After

This library was a fun project to take on because the homeowner already had a separate office and living space, which meant that this room could be purely devoted to housing books and a bar. AKA: the best kind of library.


The timeline for this room was interesting – from the date that I originally saw the space, I had one month to install the room. My client was hosting a large party and needed it taken care of asap. A budget was set, and I went to work.

The bones were already in place, but I needed to find furnishings and finishing touches really quickly. Here’s a look at the existing space when I got started.




My client brought a great collection of books to the table, as well as a pretty cool portrait of Ronald Reagan which I found a home for over the new bar. The rest of the items for the space needed to be sourced from either local vendors, or companies with quick-ship programs.


Rich textures like the leather chairs, wool rug and cashmere throws warm up the room and make it an inviting place to enjoy a book and a cocktail each evening.


Never be afraid to add feminine details like pink flowers to a masculine room. It breaks it up and adds much needed contrast!



Want to see my tips for designing the perfect bar cart? You can read all about it here.

Photos by Leslee Mitchell.