Yesterday, when I went to take some photos of Palm Beach designer Stephen Mooney’s staircase, he showed me his “personal space,” a library that he created from a guest room, because he loves books.
The bookcases are handsome, detailed, and although custom, were certainly affordable, he said — I want the name of his fine cabinetry maker!
The room already had the nice wood floor, but Mooney added wainscotting, giving the room a traditional look, sheer drapery at the windows and good reading lights in intelligent places.
He covered the floor with a nice natural-fiber nubby-type rug, overlaid with a zebra skin.
Furnishings are simple, an unpretentious but quality antique desk and chair,
a mini-loveseat for one and comfy armchair with a variety of pillows and let’s not forget the ottoman!
Just last week or so, I saw chairs stacked with books (on purpose), and alas, Stephen already knew about that little trick, and I love that he left the chair, as is.
Note the variety of textures, fabric mixes and silver accessories — especially that magnifying glass on the side table for reading that fine print, and is that a stuffed puppy-dog sitting in the armchair? Stephen? Did I get that wrong?