I saved a couple of the best room tours in our Mandy Moore house project for last… one is the library nook that we carved out of an un-used hallway by creating the built-in sofa to cozy up in and shelves to house Taylor’s book collection. As you will see in some of the before photos below, there was already some traditional wood bookshelves along one wall, but we scrapped those and re-worked the layout completely. I wanted to delineate the space more into its’ own room and by adding shelves in some areas and taking away shelves in others, we did exactly that. We also added swing sconces over the sofa and swapped out the peaked “mall skylight”, as architect Emily Farnham coined it, for a more streamlined option. The end result is a quiet moment in the house that makes a huge impact.
I still dream of that color velvet. We went back and forth on the fabric for this sofa for months. At first it was going to be a green cotton canvas and we must have looked at a couple dozen shades of green, however there was already a lot of green in the house. We then looked at some shades of blue and almost landed on a chambray but then there was taupe and a puddy/lavender and maybe a warm grey?… but every swatch we went back and forth on there was always one person that wasn’t 100% on board between Mandy, Taylor, Emily and myself. It wasn’t until I found the ochre colored velvet(or “whiskey” to be exact) that brought on a very quick unanimous hell yes! And now I couldn’t imagine it any other way.