I love this room featured in the new issue of LivingEtc. The white floors, the curved sofas, the Hirst painting above the fireplace, THE BLACK RADIATOR (♥!!!), and especially the face-out display shelving for the books. For someone who owns a lot of oversized, attractive books, this is a nice alternative to having piles of favorites all over the house. I can see mixing in framed photos and drawings, too.
(By the way, the house belongs to stylist Jo Berryman, and you can take a full tour here! The kitchen is especially great.)
I’m thinking about implementing this kind of shelving in this room of our house, which I think is going to wind up being a guest room. I’ve always wanted to do built-in shelving next to the fireplace, but the depth of the hearth is only about 5″—not big enough to build shelves deep enough for anything larger than a small paperback. Shallow display shelves would be a really nice solution, especially in a guest room.
Why didn’t I ever think of this before?
Also, I’m pretty sure I need at least one black radiator in my life.