Beautiful hotel libraries

This summer we traipsed through Sri Lanka, Bombay, Mangalore and a little bit of Goa. The hotels we stayed at had bookshelves full of dusty paperbacks, left behind by other travellers. A few in English but mostly in German, Spanish, some French. In Kandy, the B&B had as many cats as books, walls full of graffiti from visitors, and a pile of old architectural magazines going back all the way to the 90s.

None of the 'libraries' looked like this. We've clearly been staying at the wrong places.

Here are some more beautiful libraries in hotels. Maybe it's a good thing we were not in a place like the one above (Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad). I'd probably never leave the room.

Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam

Hotel Milano Scala, Milan

Viceroy Santa Monica, California
Kelly Wearstler not only designed, but also curated, the Viceroy Santa Monica's cheery yellow library. The collection features more than 2,000 books about art and culture.

Salviatino, Florence
Il Salviatino's stately candlelit library feels more like a private study, with its dark wood and leather furnishings. Here, you can read Italian romances and plan your stay with regional maps and guides—all with a glass of Tuscan wine in-hand.

The Nomad Hotel, New York
The NoMad's library may technically be a bar, but there's no reason not to grab a drink and peruse their extensive collection of books, which spans two levels connected by a spiral staircase imported from the south of France.

Summer is here

As temperatures here continue their steady ascent, the thought of escape becomes stronger. Somewhere green would be lovely, where the grass isn't yet burned by summer's sun, where a cool breeze blows through the trees and animals and humans take comfort in the calmness of nature.

Maintaining their 15 acres is a constant challenge, Paige admits. "I keep threatening to get sheep so we won't have to mow so much."


Summer is for walking through wildflowers, of gazing at fields overflowing with color...

This is the perfect Wildflower Meadow to have a picnic today. Just me and Bee from  The House on Butterfly Lane.....................:


For many of you, summer, after a long cold winter, means heading to the beach and soaking in the sun. For us that are drenched in hot sunshine year-round, we want to head away from the heat and the rays. Give us shade and cold climes right now!

refreshing, cut a giant sphere in half and make it look like melon from a garden centre market:
Two months of summer holidays for school and it might be time to make a list like this...
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I'm going to be eating lots of watermelon and mangoes and drinking lemonade. What about you?

Colored Bookshelves

In India, most of us go in for bookshelves that are wooden or layered with natural-looking laminate. You'll occasionally find a red or blue shelf, but these tend to be limited to the kids rooms. I'm generalising, obviously, but these gorgeous coloured bookshelves make me want to rethink traditional colour choices. Do you have a coloured bookshelf at home?

Design Dozen: The World's Coolest Built-In Bookshelves | Apartment Therapy

blue painted built-ins, classic furnishings

Black bookshelves built into walls.


color for study

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