Best of Design 2023: A Stylish Room Filled with Books

Best of Design 2023: A Stylish Room Filled with Books

Best of Design 2023: A Stylish Room Filled with Books

An addition to a Ben Avon Heights property has a home that could have been taken straight out of a Disney motion picture.

“This is Belle’s library,” says Best of Design judge Crystal DeCastro Knapik, a senior project designer at Vocon, comparing the place that received “Best Room” in the 2023 Most effective of Style and design contest to the room Belle fell in adore with in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Lisa Scalo McMenamin of Pittsburgh-based LSM Inside Design, who made the inside of the home’s addition and cozy-still-luxurious library, suggests the house owner merely wanted a house for all of his textbooks.

“My client had a lifetime of gathering textbooks,” she says, noting the householders wished to stay anonymous. “He enjoys quiet time in this second-flooring house with all of his beloved guides surrounding him.”

McMenamin usually takes her inspiration from things she enjoys, and listed here she drew from the rich jewel-tone materials she had selected. She chose the placing darkish-blue, large-gloss lacquer paint from Great Paints of Europe due to the fact the shade signifies knowledge and integrity.

Judges praised the room’s shade palette, which added a perception of warmth and coziness to the area without having overpowering it.

“It’s a seriously fantastic stability of calmness and shade,” states choose Katie Savakis, a undertaking designer at Vocon, which has spots in New York City and Cleveland.

To give the little room atmosphere, McMenamin put in ambient lights inside of the bookshelves, and a window seat was put in as a reading through nook. Two classic chairs the home owners previously possessed were reupholstered for the house.

The ceiling, with a picket Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering, provides good dimension, McMenamin suggests, as does the Stark carpeting on the ground with a substantial square print.

“It’s a seriously uncomplicated space, but it is seriously higher model,” she states. “I think it is precisely what the consumer wished, to be surrounded by all the books that he loves, and I think we attained what we established out to do for him.”


Architect: Gaskill Architecture, LLC.
Interior Structure: LSM
Interior Layout: Lisa Scalo McMenamin
Basic Contractor: Willner Enterprises
Paint: Good Paints of Europe
Painter: Colorworks
Flooring: Stark
Carpet Installation: William A. Fischer Carpet Enterprise
Chairs: Vintage
Ceiling Wallcoverings: Phillip Jeffries
Bench Cushion: Brunschwig & Fils
Bench Throw Pillows: Clarence Household fabric, Samuel & Sons trim
Chair Throw Pillows: Schumacher
Square Drinks Table: Chelsea Dwelling
Electrician: Staley Electric Inc.