The library ladder/staircase. It's something in between a ladder and a staircase. Each step isn't as thin as a ladder step would be...we wanted them to be wider for extra stability, because we're not getting any younger! But, we didn't want an actual staircase, because we didn't want to give up the floor space. I designed it and John built it. We make a good team!
We used oak boards that John cut on a sawmill from a tree on our property in Virginia. We have been holding this lumber for years waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it, and I think this was it. It was a special addition to the project, as it brings back memories of our time in Virginia...
This is the view from below, looking up through the hole in the floor. Now, we'll go up. The railing to the right is actually antique hand made fencing from Eastern Europe.
The bookshelves line the wall to the left and around the corner straight ahead. I have my grandmother's chair and a small table so that one can sit a spell...the kids usually just sit on the rug.
I have a HUGE painting of cows by Alabama artist Megan Scofield. When you are down below, it looks like the cows are behind the fence looking down at us!
There is a window to the left of the cows.
This kaleidoscope is a fun little curiosity, filled with magic! It was a great thrift store find, at $4...can you believe it?
This is looking back towards the ladder/staircase.
...and the way back down.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed the tiny tour of the tiny library! It's a space that, so far, has been enjoyed by everyone, and I hope we will enjoy it for many years to come.
I just refuse to give up my paper books...there's something special about the smell of the paper, holding the actual bound book in my hands. Nope, don't think I will go over to the electronic books anytime soon...maybe one day (far away) in the future, but if I do, I will still go up to the library to sit and read it!
See you in a couple of days!