Saturday, January 15, 2011

Libraries of the Rich and Famous


This enormous and beautiful library belongs to Karl Lagerfeld, proving that celebrities can be bookworms too!
A follower and friend of Vignette Design sent me these photos since I have been on the subject of books lately.
I just had to share.

I love this photo of Frank Sinatra enjoying a good book in his library.

Of course, Oprah has a beautiful library!

Diane Keaton's is very interesting, don't you think?

This is Woody Allen's library. I would love to sneak a peek at what is on his book shelves!

Joan Rivers' book shelves.

Greta Garbo's looks like it is just for show.

My favorite celebrity library though is Jimmy Stewart's.
Just gorgeous! I don't think I would ever leave this room!

What's your favorite?

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44 comments:

Ames said...

Jimmy Stewart's hands down. It looks inviting enough to curl up on those sofa's with a book. And I love the eclectic tablescape on the coffee table too!~Ames

Mariette said...

Dearest Delores,

Oh what a great 'Come Back' on this favorite subject! Wish the lamp was not in the way for the saying in bold print on the wall above the book shelves but I guess it says: THE - MIND - KNOWS - THE - EYE - SEES.
Precious!
My favorite is that of Jimmy Stewart because it looks WELL READ! Not just placed there for looks alone.

Have a great weekend!

Mariette

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

My VERY FAVORITE is definitely Jimmy Stewart's AND "Is that possibly a Stuffed Harvey I see resting on the back of the couch on the left???
Thanks for sharing...
Hugs,
Donna

Debby said...

Jimmy's.....love it that Harvey made it in the picture. Oprah's is way too tidy.

The-Countrypolitan said...

Looks like Mr. Stewart's library is the going favorite... mine too! Mr. Lagerfeld's is pretty impressive as well...

to me, a home lacking shelves of books is missing part of its soul...

Sarah said...

Delores, I'm following the crowd - jimmy's is my favorite!
The shelves look as if the books are well read and loved. I could cuddle up in that sofa for hours with a good book.
Thanks for sharing! - sarah

ButterYum said...

I like Jimmy Stewart's too, but I have to say, I'm pretty fond of Joan River's library as well.

Greyscale Territory said...

What a collection of libraries! my favourites must be Diane Keaton's with the arty mural like sign and Jimmy Stewart's! Both have a feeling of warmth and welcome!

Blondie's Journal said...

In spite of the size of Jimmy Stewart's library, it still has a lot of warmth and the books look like they are being used. And I do like Oprah's. I doubt that she has much time to sit and enjoy the room though!

XO,
Jane

joanny said...

They are all stunning, so many try and hide their books - or just do not know how to display them. Is that Jimmy or Rod Steward?

Your tablescape back in December with the tartan plaid and using books was gorgeous.

joanny

joanny

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Jimmy Stewart's looks quite comfy and lived in, but I like Woody Allen's look, too.

Gerry said...

It looks like I'm in the minority, but my favorite is Woody Allen's. It looks so NORMAL! I'm suprised, wasn't what I was expecting from Woody but it looks like a room I would like in my own home. I do like the word mural in Diane Keaton's library too. Great posts on a great subject this week.

Cay said...

Jimmy Stewart of course. My favorite all time actor that ever lived. Would love to curl up his couch and read some of his favorite books. The one on his coffee table front center is "Jimmy Stewart and His Poems". I am fortunate enough to have a signed copy.

Cass @ That Old House said...

LOVE Woody Allen's library -- and Stewart's is a close second. Love the stuffed rabbit -- Harvey!

I love libraries that look random and read, not ones with rows of matching books, like Garbo's and Oprah's.

Great shots, thanks!
Cass

Whimsey Creations said...

Oh wowser - you had me drooling all over my keyboard! That first one - Karls is amazing! But I'd say for comfort and beauty it would have to be Jimmy Stewarts.

Dianne said...

My favorite, hands down, is Woody Allen!

Low Tide High Style said...

I love Jimmy Stewart's library too, but my favorite is Diane Keaton's beautiful space. And I don't think it's just the room that attracts me, I think among the books on her shelves, more than any of the others, would be ones I would love to curl up with and read!

Kat :)

lifeonthecutoff said...

All your postings on libraries and books have been a feast for the eyes (though I would never tear a cover off of a book OR glue the pages together for a decoration).

Like most others, Jimmy Stewart's is fabulous. Comfy and lived. I like Woody Allen's as well. HA! Looks like the stuffing is coming out of the sofa. I'd say the room is well-used.

Thank you so much for these.

Designs By Pinky said...

Definitely Jimmy Stewarts for me. Love those sofas! It looks so Homey and comfy. I wish I had a place in the common rooms to display books. Would LOVE to have a library.....

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, they are all so beautiful. But I think I'm with you on Jimmy Stewart's.

- The Tablescaper

La Dolfina said...

I've always loved Oprah's!!

Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ said...

I love Jimmy Stewart's too...I have his poetry book which is on the top of the table closest to our eye..it's white...he read some of them on Johnny Carson and brought the audience to tears about his dog Beau..

yours truly said...

Hands down..Jimmy Stewarts!

abby jenkins said...

Oh My heart! Jimmy Stewart...just when you thought he couldn't get any better!

lvroftiques said...

This is way out of character for me but I'm going to say Karl Lagerfelds. That is one enormous collection of books...makes my heart beat a little bit faster. Vanna

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Jimmy Stewarts ,the books lookas though they have actually been ready ,plus I love the saying printed at the top of Diane Keatons ,I my borrow this for my office!
~Sharon~

Allison said...

Jimmy Stewarts. Perfect spot to curl up on those cozy couches with a hot cup of tea and a good book. It looks like a comfortable room with a fantastic selection to choose from.

Lana said...

You are AWESOME!@ I love this post! (well, I, of course, love every single one of yours posts--TRULY!@)

I'd have to definitely concur that Jimmy Stewart's is the best.
I feel as if he actually read joyfully in there and that I could have walked into his house and plopped down and felt just as amazingly at ease in all of my bibliophile ways in that comfortably elegant space!
Hugs,
Lana

On Crooked Creek said...

Delores,
My pick would be for Frank Sinatra's library! Brought back memories of my childhood.

I took clarinet tutoring privately in the comfort of another Junior High teachers home. His instrument of choice, and I gained great skill and technique under his guidance and teaching. Many times, my dad would be caught in traffic coming to pick me up. The instructor would have me wait in his home library at the front of the home. It resembed Frank Sinatra's. I would lisen to classical music and wonder at all the stories contained in those books. I'm sure I gained more than clairnet practice during those lessons. My love of books and classical music lives on in my own home today!
Fondly,
Pat

Carol S. said...

I'm REALLY in the minority here, but all those books make me claustrophobic and don't appeal to me at all. Interesting to look at, yes. But I'm a library girl and the books come and go at my house all the time. Sorry, it just seems a little like hoarding to me (you couldn't possibly interested in rereading all those books??) I think of all the dust...dirt...just not my thing!

quintessence said...

This is my favorite post you've ever done!! I'm going to tweet about it!!

Greet said...

I so enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for sharing! I love libraries and books and I am always on the look for inspiring pictures of libraries! Thank you!!
xx
Greet

Nicole said...

For a me, a good library is one where I can actually FIND what I am looking for! Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, and Woody Allen have wonderfully appealing rooms. But Karl Lagerfeld? You would have to take the place apart looking for whatever book you had in mind! Crazy way to organize.

Sue Giannotta said...

I am with you Jimmy Stewart's!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Meet me at Jimmy's! It has such soul!

classic • casual • home said...

Either Jimmy Stewart's or Oprah's. Lovely!

bj said...

Oh, this is a no-brainer.
J. Stewart, by far!! Can't you just see his long, lanky frame, sitting with that cute grin on his face, enjoying a good read.

OK, this looks like a great meme for you to have. "SHOW US YOUR READING PLACE" (or something like that:)
We could see so many great bookshelves, a library or two, just a nook, carved out to enjoy a good book.
OOO, do it...do it...'twould be such fun. :)))

Linda in AZ * said...

* Sweet Delores~

I've been advised that it appears I am in one of my VERY, VERY R*A*R*E "bad moods" today... (And maybe hubby's right! I think I AM!). ANYHOOO, here's my TRUE thinking on this great posting today:

(1) NOBODY, ESPECIALLY someone as obviously busy as Karl, could EVER read... or probably even spend ten minutes "browsing", every book in there... I suspect it's just a combination of "gift" and "display" "STUFF"... (So there, I said it!)...

(2) OPRAH'S & GARBO'S "libraries" are definitely b-o-r-i-n-g & IF they're just for show, it's a b-a-d show!!!

(3) DIANE KEATON'S is FAB, and SOOO very much like I would IMAGINE she would have it... It SPEAKS "DIANE" & I LOVE IT!!!

(4) Joan RIVERS has a space that simply PROVES that she TALKS more than she READS!

(5) And my very DEAREST, MOST BELOVED & WONDERFUL JIMMY STEWART (& it was Gloria's too, obviously) LIBRARY is SOOOO TRULY HONEST and somehow, IMHO, speaks VOLUMES (pardon the pun!) about him/them~ as people AND voracious readers~ and so especially, his interests and what a truly well-read GENTLMAN he was!

Gee, that felt good (to be SOOO "honest"!)! THANKS, GIRLFRIEND!

XO,
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

michelle said...

Just beautiful! I think I like Woody Allen's, I love fireplaces! :)

Angela said...

Woddy Allen's is my fav. So warm, inviting and traditional feeling. And can't you just imagine what's beyond those gorgeous windows? I imagine the hustle bustle of city life.

sissie said...

Yep, Jimmy Stewarts! It's so warm and inviting and the books look like they have really been read and loved.

Thanks for becoming a follower on my blog and I'm following you too.

This is a great post.

hugs
Sissie

Tamra said...

Jimmy Stewart's is more my style reality but give me Greta Garbo's just for looks!! Dreamy!

Kathysue said...

I had to look at them very closely several time, but for my home it would be Oprah's but Mr. Stewarts looks cozy and inviting. Kathysue

Kathy said...

Perfect post after the last one..

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