Home Library Decorating Ideas

home library decorating ideas
  • Provide (a room or building) with a color scheme, paint, wallpaper, etc
  • Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces)
  • (decorate) award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; "He was decorated for his services in the military"
  • (decorate) deck: be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
  • Make (something) look more attractive by adding ornament to it
  • (decorate) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
  • a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
  • A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to
  • a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
  • A collection of books and periodicals held in such a building or room
  • A collection of films, recorded music, genetic material, etc., organized systematically and kept for research or borrowing
  • a room where books are kept; "they had brandy in the library"
  • An opinion or belief
  • (idea) a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"
  • A concept or mental impression
  • (idea) mind: your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
  • A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action
  • (idea) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
  • Made, done, or intended for use in the place where one lives
  • Of or relating to the place where one lives
  • at or to or in the direction of one's home or family; "He stays home on weekends"; "after the game the children brought friends home for supper"; "I'll be home tomorrow"; "came riding home in style"; "I hope you will come home for Christmas"; "I'll take her home"; "don't forget to write home"
  • Relating to one's own country and its domestic affairs
  • home(a): used of your own ground; "a home game"
  • provide with, or send to, a home
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Pottery Barn Home (Pottery Barn Design Library)
Pottery Barn Home (Pottery Barn Design Library)
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Brooklyn Public Library, Central Building
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Building
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States The Central Building of the Brooklyn Public Library is located on one of Brooklyn's most prominent sites, facing Grand Army Plaza at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway. Initially proposed in 1888 when Brooklyn was still an independent city, the municipally-financed central library took nearly six decades to build. Of the several cultural institutions in the vicinity of Prospect Park, it was the last to open to the public in 1941. Ground was broken in 1911 for architect Raymond F. Almiralls Beaux-Arts scheme. However, by 1929 the project stood only one-third complete, a victim of both city politics and finances. In 1935 the architects Alfred Morton Githens and Francis Keally were commissioned to redesign the building, while retaining the existing foundations and steel skeleton. Their monumental design is a limestone-clad Modern Classical structure with impressive Art Deco detailing by the sculptors Thomas Hudson Jones and C. Paul Jennewein. The most striking feature is its fifty-foot high entry portico, set into the concave facade which reflects the elliptical configuration of Grand Army Plaza. An expression of both civic pride and public embrace, the design was widely praised for being both impressive and practical. Its plan is shaped like an open book, and the inscriptions and sculpture that decorate the spare exteriors express the educational purpose of the library. Passed by thousands of pedestrians and motorists each day, the Central Building of the Brooklyn Public Library is one of the borough's best known and most heavily used public buildings. DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS Libraries in Brooklyn During the mid-nineteenth century several private libraries were established in Brooklyn, primarily in Brooklyn Heights. Although some were associated with existing institutions, several developed enough support to construct their own buildings, including the Brooklyn Apprentices Library (1825) at Henry and Cranberry Streets, the Brooklyn Atheneum and Reading Room (Field & Corregio, 1853) at Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street, and the Mercantile Library Association of the City of Brooklyn (P. B. Wight, 1869) on Montague Street. At these subscription libraries, readers paid an annual fee to use the facilities and borrow books. Following the Civil War, the city of Brooklyn grew rapidly, expanding its borders and accommodating thousands of new immigrants. During the late 1870s and 1880s interest grew in creating a free library system, one that would serve all Brooklyn residents and neighborhoods. Brooklyn's earliest free library was privately funded and was located in the main building of the Pratt Institute, a private school in Clinton Hill founded by Brooklyn oil tycoon Charles Pratt in 1887. Within a few years, he established a second facility, the Astral Branch in Greenpoint, not far from the site of Pratt's kerosene refinery. These libraries were immensely popular, and in 1896 the original Pratt facility moved to new and larger quarters on Hall Street, designed by the Brooklyn architect William B. Tubby.2 Brooklyn's Public Library The Brooklyn Public Library was created on May 3, 1892, by an act of the New York State legislature. Five years later, in December 1897, the first branch opened in Bedford Stuyvesant. Located in Public School No. 3, the municipally-financed facility featured separate reading rooms for men and women and open stacks for browsing, a new innovation. On January 1, 1898, the city of Brooklyn was consolidated into Greater New York. Despite considerable interest in pursuing a similar merger of the new city's various independent library systems — especially, with the announcement in 1901 that industrialist Andrew Carnegie would donate $5.2 million for the construction of sixty-five branches — such an alliance failed to occur.3 The New York Public Library, established in 1895, was privately funded and conceived as a centrally located reference collection, formed by the merger of the Astor Library, the Lenox Library, and the Tilden Trust. The Brooklyn Public Library, on the other hand, was founded as a decentralized system, created to serve a broad range of constituencies and communities. Unlike the New York Public Library, Brooklyn's board of trustees consisted of a number of elected officials, including the New York City Mayor, comptroller, and the Brooklyn Borough President, who opposed the merger in order to retain influence over future plans and construction. Furthermore, many influential Brooklynites feared its absorption into a larger system, arguing that the borough and its citizens would be best served by its own independent library. Carnegie, who initially favored a merger, acceded to their wishes, and in 1901, the Brooklyn Public Library received $1.6 million to construct twenty branch libraries.4 The Site Brooklyn's Central Library is situated on a triangular lot at the intersectio
Andrew Freedman Home
Andrew Freedman Home
Grand Concourse, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States The Andrew Freedman Home, one of the most impressive edifices built in The Bronx during the first decades of the twentieth century, was erected in 1922-24 (and enlarged in 1928-31) as a result of a generous bequest in the will of Andrew Freedman. Freedman, a capitalist who had a close relationship with the leaders of Tammany Hall, was involved with many profitable business ventures, notably the construction of the IRT, New York City's first subway line. He left most of his fortune for the establishment of a home for "aged and indigent persons of both sexes," but with the proviso that the residents of the home be poor people who had once been in good circumstances. The Board of Trustees, led by prominent lawyer Samuel Untermyer, purchased a large plot of land on the Grand Concourse, the most prestigious street in the Bronx, and commissioned a building from two notable New York architects - Joseph H. Freedlander and Harry Allan Jacobs. The home is an exceptional example of a monumental building which, through its symmetrical massing, fenestration, and handsome detail, recalls the tradition of the Italian Renaissance palazzo. Its design displays many handsome architectural features, including a recessed loggia, balustraded terrace, finely cut stonework, and beautifully wrought, iron detail. The elegantly appointed building functioned as a refuge for the once affluent for fifty-nine years, from its opening in 1924 until 1983 when the Andrew Freedman Home ceased to operate and the building was purchased by the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council as housing for the elderly. The Grand Concourse In 1874, when New York City annexed the West Bronx (the area west of the Bronx River officially known as the 23rd and 24th Wards, but generally referred to by nineteenth-century New Yorkers as the "North Side" or, more commonly, as the "Annexed District"), it was a sparsely settled region with few urban amenities.^ Following the annexation, residents of both Manhattan and the new wards advocated the establishment of large parks in the undeveloped region. In 1884, the New York State Legislature approved the purchase of approximately 4000 acres of parkland, primarily in the North Bronx. ^ This land was relatively inaccessible to most residents of the city since no roads or mass transit lines linked Manhattan to the new parkland. Thus, in 1890 the legislature established the Department of Street Improvements of the 23rd and 24th Wards with a mandate to lay out streets throughout the annexed district; the department's finest achievement was the Grand Concourse which made the new Bronx parks accessible from Manhattan. The first commissioner of the new department was Louis J. Heintz who appointed Louis Risse as his chief engineer; it was Risse who was directly responsible for the planning of the Concourse. The inspiration for the Grand Concourse was the campaign waged by the Rider and Driver Club of New York City for the construction of a speedway on which its wealthy members could run horses and carriages. After facing opposition to the idea of a speedway along the west side of Central Park, the club began to advocate a speedway along Jerome Avenue in The Bronx. Heintz asked Risse for his opinion and, according to Risse,"... I was giving serious consideration to the necessity of supplying that missing link between the upper and lower park systems [Central Park and the Bronx parks] which the Commission had failed to provide in 1884.*"* Instead of Jerome Avenue, which is located on level ground near the Harlem River, Risse proposed that a "Speedway and Concourse" be erected on the ridge to the east. The street that Risse proposed was to be more than just a speedway for pleasure driving and a convenient connection to the Bronx parks; it was also to be a luxurious residential boulevard. Risse contended that 'the great enhancement in real estate values which the construction of the Concourse must necessarily produce will repay the City many times over the original cost of the undertaking.*^ In fact, when Risse laid out the Concourse, he planned secondary roadways adjacent to the sidewalks that could be used by local traffic servicing the villas that were expected to appear along the roadway. Plans for the new Grand Boulevard and Concourse (the name was later shortened to Grand Concourse) were drawn up in 1893. Construction began in 1897 and progressed slowly; the Concourse was not officially opened until November 25,1909. As originally constructed, the Grand Concourse consisted of a fifty-eight-foot wide central speedway with a narrow central mall and thirty-seven-foot wide service roads separated from the main roadway by six-foot wide malls (these malls were subsequently altered). It was planned to provide pedestrian sidewalks and promenades, bicycle paths, and vehicular driveways. The roadway began at Cedar Pa

home library decorating ideas
home library decorating ideas
The Library: An Illustrated History
Through the ages, humanity has created, destroyed, rescued, neglected, discovered, stolen, and cherished libraries—and no other institution so perfectly mirrors the human condition in any period of history.
The Library tells the story of libraries and of the changing form and function of the book from era to era, whether clay tablets, parchment sheets, papyrus scrolls, glossy paper, recording tape or silicone chips. At the heart of the story of libraries and books is the story of the reader, who also has changed from era to era. Profusely illustrated, with fascinating is a comprehensive look at libraries that will interest book lovers and librarians. 100 illustrations, 80 in color