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12:44 pm - Home libraries for the very rich
This article on home libraries makes dispiriting viewing. "Traditional home library with dark-stained wooden furniture and ornate details"-- and open two floor cathedral ceiling and dark panelling all the way up and and and. Number three is much closer to the kind of rooms I live in, but even so-- where are all these huge high ceilings to be found? Not in my house. Abandoned abbeys, yes.

Which is probably a good thing because seriously, folks, ladders are not for the arthritic.

"Turn the window under the staircase into a cozy reading nook with built-in bookshelves." What window under the staircase? "If it’s spacious enough, a home office can also accommodate a sitting area." That's not a home office, guy, that's a conference room. "It’s a great way of saving space in your home office." And leaves room for the cannon in the front hallway.

Also vertical bookshelves strike me as a very bad idea.
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Date:March 29th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
Yikes. Looks like the house I currently live in could fit inside each of these rooms. I guess it's just more proof that "It's super-awesome to be endlessly wealthy, and to have a house the size of a small independent nation!"

Edited at 2014-03-29 01:19 am (UTC)
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Date:March 29th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Japan changes one's perceptions of Necessary Space. When I came home, my bedroom seemed all I needed, being twice as large as the unit I'd lived in for three years. After a while, though, western instincts cut in, and now I want a third floor and a downstairs powder room at the very least.

A house the size of Albania does allow extreme introverts to live happily with other people. I grew up in one, and it was the only way my anti-social parents and their four anti-social kids could be comfortable.

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