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The Library at Alnwick Castle.  Photo by James McDonald for The World of Interiors magazine

The Devoted Classicist: Recent Redecoration at Alnwick Castle --The Library at Alnwick Castle. Photo by James McDonald for The World of Interiors magazine.

I imagined a bunch of shelves like this in Snape's classroom

“Blessings be on this house,“ Granny said, perfunctorily. It was always a good opening remark for a witch. It concentrated people’s minds on what other things might be on this house.

The Devoted Classicist: Recent Redecoration at Alnwick Castle

The Devoted Classicist: Recent Redecoration at Alnwick Castle --The Private Dining Room at Alnwick Castle. Photo by James McDonald for The World of Interiors magazine

View into the library with a jib door on which the books displayed consist of dummy spines, Birr Castle, Ireland.

secret opening in wall of books in English library - for hidden Christmas closet?

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Harewood House ~ book alcove - The Library, known in the century as the Saloon, is dominated by Sir Charles Barry’s Victorian mahogany bookcases with their brass trim and marble chair rail. Original to the House is Robert Adam’s spectacular ceiling

English writer Horace Walpole’s fantastical Strawberry Hill, a castle constructed in the outer London village of Twickenham in 1748 and worked on until Walpole’s death, in 1797, sparked the Gothic Revival movement and is a model of historic preservation today. To conceive it, Walpole mined various books on medieval architecture, and a series of architects, among them Robert Adam, were brought on throughout the years to interpret the details he’d determined to use.  Photo by Derry Moore. [x]

Gothic library at writer Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, a castle constructed in the outer London village of Twickenham in 1748

Dream World

White and gold ornate library with decorated ceiling, iron-work balcony, crystal chandelier, and glass-covered shelves.

Hearst Castle | Exactly what my own library would look like if I could build a big one. Dark and woodsy with warm shades of brown and red. Tall wrought iron candle holders, with thick, old-fashioned wax candles, illuminating the room with yellow light rather than white.

Hearst Castle Dark and woodsy with warm shades of brown and red. Tall wrought iron candle holders, with thick, old-fashioned wax candles, illuminating the room with yellow light rather than white.

Metten abbey library--- obviously to ornate for my dream cottage but it sure is pretty to look at!

Metten abbey library (Germany) Photo: Helga Schmidt-Glassner ~Spaces for Books~

Home library! I want!

The Hearst Castle Gothic Study and Library (last photo). The Hearst Mansion in Beverly Hills is worth USD 165 million and is famous for having been used in the movie, The Godfather.

lalibrairie:  The Oxford Union Library, Oxford, United Kingdom On the walls are Pre-Raphaelites murals, painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. It also has a unique clerestory (Wikipedia will tell you all about it here). Suggested by Pretty Mind Clutter, who not only has excellent tastes in library, but a good knowledge of them!

lalibrairie: The Oxford Union Library, Oxford, United Kingdom On the walls are Pre-Raphaelites murals, painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. It also has a unique clerestory (Wikipedia will tell you all about it here).

Love the decor of Highclere Castle on Downton Abbey? Now you can work that high-class look into your own home for a dramatic, elegant space that will wrap you in luxury. Check out these 20 rooms for inspiration!

20 Rooms for Every Downton Abbey Fan

Love the decor of Highclere Castle on Downton Abbey? Now you can work that high-class look into your own home for a dramatic, elegant space that will wrap you in luxury. Check out these 20 rooms for i