I want one of these

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.

personal space 2a
Stephen Mooney’s library, a book-lovers’ visual delight

The bookcases are handsome, detailed, and although custom, were certainly affordable, he said — I want the name of his fine cabinetry maker!

Reading lamp well placed
Wow, a reading lamp placed in just the right spot.

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,

side table

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.

chair with books
A chair makes an extra spot to put an overflow of books, or are these Stephen’s next reads?

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?

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