Library Makeover


(new lampshades that will be in my spring collection)

We take a long time to get things done around here…. A LONG TIME!

In fact, the room I will be showing you still has tons of paint to
touch up…but I decided that you can not really see it so lets go
ahead and show the room:-)

I have had this room repainted for a few months now and I am just getting around to showing you.

Those of you that have new projects to show each week….my hat is off to you:-)


I had originally painted the fireplace wall a deep red.  The other three walls were a taupe.

I had only planned on painting the fireplace wall…but I loved the gray/blue color so much that I kept on going. 

I kept the bookcase wall taupe because there was NO WAY I wanted to repaint all of that.

This is our library.


When we were building our home we asked the builder to cut short our living room and add the library.

We also wanted a fireplace in this room.


The builder was charging too much (for us) to add the bookcases so for my birthday a few years after we moved in……. my husband built all the shelves for me.

I LOVE having a handy husband!!

I adore books and now my children adore books…so this room is perfect for our family!

This room is actually one of my favorites in our home because it is small and cozy.

Picnik collagea

This is where I sit and talk to friends on the phone, listen to the children practice, do my morning devotions and this is where my children usually chose to do their own reading.


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  1. Tricia

    Must. Have. Lampshade. LOOOOOOOVE it!!!!!!
    Your home is GORGEOUS Jeanne!

  2. LuLu

    It’s stunning…. You had better have a very LARGE supply of the lampshades because I must have one too!!! I wish you lived next door… i have the itch to change my living room…. and now i think it needs to revolve around that shade!!! LOL

  3. alissa

    what a gorgeous room! and i love that lampshade…wonderful! we have a small office that i plan on making into a library. so thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Gail

    G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S, all of it, and am loving that lampshade a bit too much! You have lovely taste…..

  5. Beachy

    That is a gorgeous library! My baby brother and his wife have an antique home, and they transformed one of the rooms into a library (my brother made all the shelves, just as your hubby did). It is also their favorite room in the house! πŸ˜‰

  6. Janet

    Wow — so beautiful — I can see why everyone loves that room!
    Hope you have a great week!

  7. Theresa Hein

    Your room turned out gorgeous! I love the lampshade and all of your special touches. You are very blessed to have a handy husband like you do. I am also blessed with mine but he will be the first to tell you he is most definitely NOT handy! Can’t have it all I guess!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Theresa

  8. melanie

    Oh My!!! I am loving the lampshades!! I can’t wait to get one!!!!
    Your library is stunning. Just one question.. are you willing to travel to Michigan for design consults?! =D

  9. lissa

    you have so many books! You found the perfect spot for those pictures from ravenna gardens! Looks great! That lampshade will be a big seller!

  10. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    It’s so beautiful! We are a family of book geeks, so I would love a cozy little library…or a big, huge library that requires those 10 foot ladders on runners to access all the books! πŸ˜‰

  11. Martha

    That lampshade is the first thing I noticed in the picture…not that everything else wasn’t gorgeous…but I already made a note…to ask you where…and oh my…how fabulous they will be in your shop!!!
    Your library looks beautiful and I love that it is so cozy and used so much…the best part…love the butterfly prints too:)

  12. mkg

    The new color on the walls in the library is just beautiful and so very soothing. I like the mirror over the mantel and the new butterfly pictures are great too. Your lamp shade is so adorable, a perfect addition to the other aspects of the library. What a great space for so many special moments throughout the day for the family:)

  13. Elaine Power

    Gorgeous Library Jeanne, would love one just like that, when ever we start building of course, it seems like it will never happen!!!! I carn’t believe you have the butterfly & moth prints I sold that range last year through The Feathered Nest I must have good taste then (hee)

  14. staceyyaculastudio

    Your lampshade is gorgeous! and oh how you have created a wonderful room to curl up in.
    One thing I miss most about my children being young is the time we spent reading. It was such a special time to be together.
    Enjoy all the moments you spend in this room!

  15. Shannon

    it looks so cozy in there, I love the stack of books as a side table next to that fluffy white chair!

  16. Lori

    what a gorgeous room Jeanne…i love those pillows that you have on your chair, esp that lovely ruffled number!!!

  17. LouBoo

    Gosh – that painting above the piano – I ADORE it! Who by? Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing.

  18. Mikal

    Wonderful room…I want a library when we remodel our place… this may help me win my battle! πŸ™‚

  19. paige

    library makeover?
    i want a library
    & then i want a jeanne oliver inspired
    library makeover
    complete wiht that adorable lampshade
    & pillow
    good grief…
    your home wonders never cease to amaze me–slow coming or not!

  20. deborah

    Lovely. Loving the whole palette. (though, I’m just crazy about blue-greys and creams) The lampshade is darling.

  21. kana

    You have such a pretty house and this room is just lovely as well! I do like the lampshade and may have to get one.

  22. the wild raspberry

    the whole room is fan~tabulous!
    i dream of the day when we can re-do our den and put in bookshelves. LOTS of bookshelves!
    can’t ever have too many books πŸ™‚
    have a great week jeanne!!!

  23. tracey

    Seriously WOW Jeanne! Your style is just so classy…yet comfortable!!! Just gorgeous…as is your entire home!!!!!!!!!! I simply must have one of those lamp shades – can’t wait to see your Spring collections!!!
    Hugs ~
    πŸ™‚ T

  24. Tara

    So cozy and perfect for a library!! Love all the little touches and the shelves your hubby built are perfect!! thanks for sharing your house with all of us!

  25. angela

    What a beautiful library! and that lampshade, absolutely perfect, can’t wait to see those in the shop!!

  26. Courtney Walsh

    I have been thinking/wanting to do something like these shelves in our toy room. We are thinking about moving all the toys to the basement when we get it finished and our whole family loves books, so it seems logical (and practical!)
    I love it! πŸ™‚ We take forever to get things done too! ugh. I hate that! But when it’s done…it’s so worth it! πŸ™‚

  27. Tracy

    fabulous color!!! Love how it is so perfect with your fireplace tile and that amazing art above the piano!
    So fun…..!

  28. Brandie

    Love it! This is one of the must haves on my list for our new house. I want a wall full of bookshelves like this for books and displays. Sigh. Great job! It looks like a library should. Cozy and inviting. Thanks for sharing:)

  29. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    What a beauty! Love the bookcases…we SO need those…we have TONS of books and my daughter is on her way to having enough to open her own used bookstore LOL! Is that the pitcher you bought from Alice (on the piano)?! Sign me up for a lampshade : ) (unless they’re like $100 bux! LOL)

  30. Gabrielle

    What a great room, Jeanne. Love those shades too! Don’t feel bad about how long it takes to get things done. I am the same! My office has been painted for months and still have not showed it….

  31. Annette Q

    I LOVE the idea of having a library in your home, what a lovely idea. Your libray is really lovely Jeanne. It looks really cosy πŸ™‚

  32. traci

    be still my heart. your very own library. heaven. love your stack of books by the chair!!! i am not sure i would ever come out of that room.

  33. Kerri

    You have a beautiful home. I am absolutely loving the lampshade. It has a very tranquil feel to it, so I can se how you would want to spend time in there relaxing. I see a little redo coming to my living room in the near future.

  34. Jacki J.

    Wow, I just found your blog. What a beautiful room you’ve created.
    Your lampshade bottoms look so similiar to what I make too, how funny…I sewed some of mine for Kasey at Lola B’s. Check peak at mine at my blog if you would like.
    What a pretty place you have created.

  35. Jenn

    My favorite touch is that slanted reading shelf!! OH my word! I NEED one of those! =)
    I collect OLD books! I see you have a few! he he
    Sounds like fun family memories are built in that room! Priceless!
    Just Jenn~

  36. Leslie

    It looks beautiful! So serene! I could get lost in your library, I love your little book ledge, so cool! And I noticed that lampshade as soon as your page popped up! So cute! That piano is gorgeous, I could listen to someone play all day!

  37. Jemm

    Just beautiful. I love that look. So comfortable and welcoming. I still wish you lived closer and could tell me what to do with my house πŸ™‚

  38. Lemonade Makin' Mama

    What a perfect room!! That lamp shade is adorable. What is funny, is last night, I just bought some white ruffly trim at the fabric store to add to our bedroom lamps. I’m serious!! Great minds… for sure.

  39. Sabrina

    Wow… what an inspiring room!! I love all the little touches! And those bookshelves, wonderful!
    I want a room like that someday!
    Thanks for sharing!

  40. Jen@thecottagenest

    Oh Jeanne! It’s gorgeous! So cozy and warm. Don’t you love having a place for all of your books to live? Now that I’ve had one, I’m not sure I could ever live without it!

  41. Alyssa

    Great job!! It is so beautiful and peaceful. I can see why it is your favorite room in the house. love the color choices! Our library room is one of my fav’s too – I just love the cozy quarters filled with books πŸ™‚

  42. Dana Voyles

    Such a beautiful room! I love your comment about needing a book shelf and having your husband build it! ha! We sound so much alike. When all else fails, have your husband build it! I love getting mine involved in my projects.

  43. anne marie

    great room Jeanne…..look so up my alley – with my earl grey tea and a great book like the one you showed for entertaining – i read those things like books……sounds like you do too…..
    may 21st and may 22nd… there!

  44. Stephanie O.

    I am green with envy over this fabulous room, my friend! Hope you are doing well. I picked up Tara Frey’s book yesterday at the library and got a big smile on my face when I saw that you and your blog were featured in it! So cool…

  45. CMN

    Dear Jeanne,
    Love this room. Love the dictionary shelf. Love the bookcases built by handy-hubby. Love the fireplace. LOVE the comfortable chair and throw… I may just need to stop by (if I’m ever in CO) and sit down for a read. Feel free to return the favor (if ever you’re in UT).
    – Christine

  46. Rachel

    Jeanne – your lampshade is SOOO AWESOME! LOVE IT WANT IT! I like how you are making the bottom like you’ve done your journals for years! I love how you can cross over media’s and bring ideas from what you work on daily to something new!! You are such a creative GAL!

  47. Beautiful! I love the lampshade, pillow, everything! Can’t wait for your new line to come out. Glad I found your blog and etsy site….very inspiring in many ways. πŸ™‚ By the way, how much do you sell your ruffled bags for? I’ve checked a few times and you’re sold out each time. Guess you can email me back through here? Thanks!

  48. Glendana

    Is it improper to ask you what color paint you used on the library walls? And I totally love the lampshade!!!!!

  49. Marie

    Hello Jeanne – oh my, what a beautiful room you’ve created. The lampshades are fab. And I love the fireplace.

  50. Megan Brackett

    Hi Jeanne – i found your blog thru A Dash of Humble Pie – i have been browsing it ever since and LOVE it! I have pain stakingly been trying to find a nice tan neutral color for the majority of my home – and I love the taupe color of your bookshelf wall. Do you know the name of the paint that you used there? That would be SO helpful to me! thanks Jeanne! I dont update my blog too much, and its not nearly as beautiful as many are – but if you want to check me out, i’ve included my URL below! thanks!

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