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Home Library

Author: Terri Feder
Issue: September, 2013, Page 176
Photo by Art Holeman


Libraries are notoriously difficult spaces to design. Too often, they end up looking stodgy. Add Southwestern-themed decor, and it’s easy to end up in a sea of brown leather and dark wood.

Here, in the home library of interior designer Mary Meinz, ASID, she proves that these book-filled rooms don’t have to be boring, gloomy or uninviting. Working off the searingly vibrant colors in a painting by well-known artist John Nieto, she incorporates microbursts of color in an accent pillow and a Navajo blanket thrown over a chair.

With its antiqued beams, coffee table crafted from an authentic Native American drum, Saltillo tile floors with baked-in animal paw prints, riding boots, hair-on-hide rug and comfy armchairs, the space offers a fresh take on library design. Sticking to white walls and neutral fabrics allowed Meinz to keep the room light and make the artwork and architecture the focal points.
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