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Have I ever pontificated on how much I love built in bookcases with library ladders? If Ryan Gosling were a piece of furniture it would be this. Seriously. That’s how much I love them. Now, unfortunately I am not going to have any in my house as my ceilings are low. C’est la vie. But it doesn’t stop me for lusting after them!  We are pretty sure this is not our forever house so I can hold onto the hope that someday I will be swinging off the rungs of one of these babies while I browse for my next read!

Ok, this one kinda scares me. You’d have to rope it off in case visitors (or owners) imbibe too much and then want to read whats on the top shelf.

Of course, Diance Von Furstenberg in all her fabulousness has THREE in her home. THREE!

But they aren’t just for living spaces- they work great in kitchens with high ceilings too!

And how about this use in a bathroom/closet as seen on Design*Sponge? So genius!

But you don’t have to have (or install) built ins to get the look and function. There are plenty of freestanding options out there too. On the higher end of the scale are the modular units by Grange Furniture which I got to see at Maison & Objet last winter in Paris. They are GORGEOUS.

This unit from Old Plank Road is pretty darn awesome too:

A more industrial look Kathy Kuo Home:

Loving this set from Mallory Hall from reclaimed wood:

And you are gonna LOVE me for this affordable find from World Market!!!! How awesome is this? It’s veneers so I’m not sure about painting it, but if you could paint it white it would be perfection for under $650!

I began wondering how one would amass that many books in order to fill these things, but after just moving and packing and unpacking 8 zillions boxes of books I am not as concerned anymore!


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