House Envy: Library Transformed


Would you believe me if I told you that this incredible home was once a single-room library? Built in 1915, homeowners Karen Gilliam and Sara Van Beckum, lovingly restored and transformed this space into their family’s home. Modern elements have been infused amongst the traditional roots, with curves in all the right places. And the results? Well, just take a peek for yourself…


Found: Brunch at Saks via New York Times | Entryway Sconce: Alice Wall Sconce | Stove: Fireorb | Armchair: Grande Papilio |  Kitchen Pendant: Tom Dixon Beet Light  | Desk: Ligne Roset Ursuline |Washroom Pedestal Sink: Porcher

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21 Responses to “House Envy: Library Transformed”
  1. Ellen Hamilton says:

    Love the dark solid gray and solid white paint colors from room to room. Really makes a strong statement (a fresh new look, too) and are perfect backgrounds for every style from ultra traditional to ultra modern.

  2. Cassie says:

    Just LOVE this house and all the charming details. That bathroom made me gasp!

  3. I would break into this house and steal those office chairs.

  4. Ellen Hamilton says:


    Can you find out the names and brands of the gray and white paints shown? I love them. Thanks.

  5. Kate says:

    The bathroom and bedroom are delightful! I love the pedestal sink and the traditional black and white floors. And those built ins in the bedroom are divine!

  6. Miki Fiegel Picinich says:

    Can you tell me where to buy that amazing desk chair? The whole house is gorgeous but that chair….oh my!

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  9. jessica says:

    Can you tell me where that black and white floor tile is from? I have been looking for it everywhere!

    • Hi, Jessica. This is a traditional cement tile pattern commonly carried by most cement tile makers (also called encaustic tile or encaustic cement tile). Some commonly used pattern names include “Circulos” (Spanish for “Circles”) and “Geo 10″ (as in “geometric”). We currently have this same black and white colorway available in-stock at Villa Lagoon Tile, but with enough lead time, any good cement tile maker can produce this for you in any color you choose. All cement tile is hand-made. :)

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  12. Michelle says:


    Could you tell me who makes that lovely desk? The x base…


  13. Michelle says:


    Could you tell me who makes that lovely desk? The x base…


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