Home Library with Historic Charm

Designers Simon Aldridge and Lisa Tanno transform a farmhouse parlor into a library with colonial details.
By: Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien
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Parlor Turned Library

Designers Simon Aldridge and Lisa Tanno added dramatic floor-to-ceiling bookcases featuring original colonial carpentry details.

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Concealed Heating

The bookcase design factored in the room's radiator. A lattice-patterned cover was made to hide the radiator and add period appeal.

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Historic Charm

The room's modern windows, added during a 1960 renovation of the house, were swapped for historical wood sash units. Now the windows feel right for a New England colonial home.

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Colonial Fireplace

The fireplace dates back to 1760. Its original granite hearth was carefully restored as part of the remodel.

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Finishing Details

Dove gray walls set the backdrop for tihs cozy yet sophisticated library. The antlers on the fireplace were found on the farm.

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Mixing Styles

The traditional style of the built-in bookcases mixes with the playful, sophisticated style of the furnishings making the space feel fresh and unfussy.

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