Saturday, July 29, 2006

Where We Work and Relax

This room has a dual purpose. It is a library to sit in, relax and read a good book and is a hive of industry as it is also an office. Two of the walls are lined with bespoke mahogany shelves and cupboards and it is decorated in rich wines and golds. The old Minster fireplace was in the house when we bought it and fits in perfectly. The leather topped desk looks out onto a yard full of climbing plants and a spiral staircase leading up to a roof garden on the first floor.

We installed a water feature in the yard which makes a wonderful, relaxing sound in the background. The cabinet next to the desk has numerous little drawers in it which hold many curiosities which all the children love to search through.

This room holds lots of antique finds that my partner Harvey has collected over the years. Microscopes, barometers. portholes and scales are dotted all over the room so there is always something to interest someone. Guests use this area to relax in if they rise early and don't want to disturb the rest of the house. So all in all it is a truly functional room.

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