Personality & Polish: In Love with Kitchen Libraries

Personality & Polish: In Love with Kitchen Libraries

Taryn Williford
Sep 24, 2014
(Image credit: Steve Williams)

There's something so romantic about a library, especially now that we're cemented in the digital age where almost everything—novels, magazines, cookbooks—is bought and read online. The books we keep are such a refelction of our interests and personalities, they should be shown off with pride, not hidden in a quiet home office. Try moving your home library into the most popular room in your home—the kitchen.

Anyone who's ever hosted a party knows that guests love to crowd around the kitchen. It becomes the living room when you're entertaining, so give this usually clean, crisp room a little bit of the comforts of a cozy reading nook, starting with the books.

You might already have a spot for cookbooks in the kitchen, but feel free to move your whole library in along with them. Stacks of colorful books look great in the kitchen where the neutral color of your cabinets usually dominates. For a little inspiration, here are 10 rooms which combine reading and cooking masterfully.

  1. Actress and cookbook writer Fay Ripley's kitchen.
  2. The kitchen in a Sterling, New York, apartment, by Leone Design Studio.
  3. The 2011 Builder Magazine concept home, designed by the team at Martha Stewart.
  4. An eat-in kitchen in Australia from Diane Bergeron Interiors.
  5. Caroline & Jeffrey's Elegant California Kitchen
  6. The Boston kitchen of Abby Ruettgers, owner of vintage cookbook store Farm & Fable.
  7. Another shot of Abby's kitchen (books in every nook and crannie!).
  8. Chef Ludo's Magically Delicious Kitchen
  9. A modern kitchen in Austin, Texas, featured on the Austin Smarter Spaces Tour.
  10. Book and media storage from PMK+designers.
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