Home Feed
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
The Home Library
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
29 posts
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Seen on Facebook 😆

julesG Not sure about the leather bound classics, but I'm up for the other things on the list. 3mo
ShyBookOwl Right?! Why is this so much to ask?! 😅 3mo
57 likes2 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Y‘all. I‘m so excited! My 50th birthday is in April, and the hubs is giving me my gift early… built in bookshelves in our front room, which has always been my “library” room! My book addiction was so out of control, I needed more room! This is the day one progress! I knew you would all appreciate this way more than anyone else in my life 🤣🤣

Karisa What a fantastic gift! 😍 4mo
Ruthiella Wonderful! We forgive him for #hedidnotremovethecushions !😂 (edited) 4mo
BarkingMadRead @Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 4mo
See All 11 Comments
MoonWitch94 Ohhhhhhhh how fantastic! 🥳📚📖🖤 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 📚📚 4mo
IndoorDame Awesome!!! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Sooooo exciting! 4mo
ravenlee 😯😍💓 4mo
Velvetfur Wow, built-in bookshelves! You've got a good man there 😁👍🏻They look gorgeous already! Can't wait to see them finished 😍 4mo
SW-T ❤️❤️❤️ That is awesome! Happy early birthday! What a wonderful gift to receive! 😄 4mo
lauraisntwilder That's awesome! 4mo
63 likes11 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

I got my books back!! I‘m starting to work on my library - I‘ll have four more shelves delivered in November. 🤗 But first I have two questions:
1. How do you cull your books? I don‘t want to admit it, but it probably needs to be done.
2. How would you incorporate this cradle into your library? My Dad made me this one when I was little & I want to find a way to put it in my library.

Soubhiville I love the idea of repurposing your cradle, that‘s so sweet! Could you use it on its side as an end table and store extra large books in it as it‘s own tiny shelf? 7mo
Soubhiville As far as culling… I occasionally go through and see if there are books I thought I had an attachment to when I put them on the shelf that I now no longer care as much about and I know I won‘t ever reread. Usually if I can‘t remember the plot that‘s a good sign I can let that one go. 7mo
Soubhiville I put books I don‘t want to keep in my little free library or donate them for library fundraiser booksales. 7mo
See All 8 Comments
TheLudicReader I used to keep every book, but now if I read something and I either didn‘t like it/ would never recommend it, I usually get rid of it. Unfortunately I do not have endless shelf space. I love that you want to include the cradle and @Soubhiville ‘s idea is terrific. :-) 7mo
Amandajoy @Soubhiville I love that idea for the cradle! 7mo
EvieBee I also love @Soubhiville ‘s idea for your cradle! A system that‘s worked for me is that I will donate a book if after finishing it, I thought it was just okay. I keep a separate shelf for read books that I liked that I revisit yearly to see if I still feel the same way. If I‘m on the fence, I‘ll donate it and buy a digital copy instead so I can free up space for other books. 7mo
sherri You could keep the cradle upright and use it to hold the books you are currently reading and maybe a throw blanket for the cooler reading days. 7mo
Amandajoy @sherri I like that idea too! I was looking for blanket storage… 7mo
31 likes8 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Insta showed me my new favorite home library this morning and I thought I‘d share it with you all. Isn‘t this THE fantasy!? Definitely adding this room to my imaginary mansion that I live in in all my daydreams. #librarygoals #homelibrary

julesG Saw this, too. I'd love a library or even just a reading nook like this. 12mo
IndoorDame @julesG YES! 📚🏡 ❤️🙏 😭 12mo
Leftcoastzen WOW! 12mo
See All 10 Comments
marleed It‘s gorgeous! 12mo
Mirazzles I love it! I could live there in that room. You got the forest view and all the books to be cozy!! 12mo
IndoorDame @AWildMandaPanda Agree! The view is totally part of what I love about it so much! 12mo
BiblioLitten I love it! 12mo
Ruthiella I want it! 😍 12mo
EvieBee So cozy! 12mo
75 likes10 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

If you look at this picture and then close your eyes, you can see a home library. 🤓

SilversReviews Can‘t wait to see the finished product. 1y
Hooked_on_books So exciting! 1y
marleed Oh nice! 1y
47 likes3 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

📸: 2 of 2

View of the shelves from the couch across the room.

Not pictured: my husband's bookcase to the left which houses our photo albums and high school yearbooks along with his graphic novel collection and the few books he chooses to own by Terry Brooks, Dan Brown, Stephen King, and Christopher Paolini.


AkashaVampie Beautiful!!! I love it. I wish I could have something like that. Sadly I don't have enough books to fill all that up. I'm an ebooks chick 2y
Librariana @AkashaVampie - Hey, no shame in your game! 😊 I tried being an ebook kinda reader, but it just wasn't my jam. I know it's definitely a very smart option and lets you own SO many books, but I'm more of a physical/tactile book owner... that and I am known at one of our local indie bookstores! Lol! 😁 Thank you for the kind compliment! 🥰 I love my little shelves and can't wait to share what they'll look like once the IKEA ones are installed! 2y
DivineDiana Looks fantastic!!! Envious. ❤️ 2y
kspenmoll Just wonderful! So much room! 2y
35 likes4 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

📸: 1 of 2
In the excitement over new shelving units, I failed to share a BEFORE picture of our home library space.

You'll have to pardon the slight mess in the corner, but this room continues to be a bit of a work in progress.

Eventually we'd like to build more custom storage in the closet, but for now, one thing at a time. Extending the shelves to the ceiling is the first order of business.


Librarybelle Your shelves are amazing! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Librariana @Librarybelle - Thank you so much! 😊🥰💜 The second picture I uploaded shows a better view of the shelves, the majority of which hold my books ☺ It's a little embarrassing, I suppose... especially because all of my husband's fit in one bookcase (pictured here in the left corner), but he married me knowing I was a book gal. He's more of an audiobook reader 😁😊 2y
Hooked_on_books It‘s nice that you can see all your books from one place! 2y
30 likes3 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

The furniture is coming! The furniture is coming!! 🥳🥰Happy anniversary to us! 😁😊🥳

Gotta wait a little over a month for these, but very excited about what our home library will look like with these new pieces.

Hubby plans to add crown molding and make them look like built-ins; I plan to help with the assembly and fill them with books and LEGO collections. Yay!! 🥳

#ikeaftw #homelibrary

marleed Congrats! I love my Billy shelves! 2y
Librariana Oh good! Thank you, @marleed 😊 I'm glad to hear the positive feedback about the bookcases as this is our very first IKEA purchase. 2y
ImperfectCJ Congrats! Our Billys are awesome. They even last through multiple moves. I just need to find space for more of them now. 2y
See All 13 Comments
vivastory Very exciting! 2y
marleed I also purchased an extra shelf for each column of shelving - less white space, but more books! 2y
Soubhiville Yay shelves! I look forward to your photos! I also have the same shelves and love them. 💙 (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Anniversary ❤️ 2y
Librariana @ImperfectCJ - It's good to know they'll be sturdy! The ones we currently own have been with us through 2 moves and they're still hanging in there... but they're mismatched and the weight of the books is making the shelves bow, so it'll be nice to have more space to distribute that 😁😊 2y
Librariana @vivastory - Agreed, Scott! 😊 Seeing your post was a great motivation. We've been talking about getting new shelves for YEARS and Jeremy had considered building them himself, but we think this will be much easier. 2y
Librariana @marleed - I didn't see that was an option! How cool! 😁😊 We just purchased the extension to go above so that they could reach the ceiling, but they'll definitely have more shelves than our current setup. 2y
Librariana @Soubhiville - Thanks, Soubhi! 😁😊💜 I went ahead and posted 2 new pictures that show what the room looks like presently, mess included! 2y
Librariana @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - Thank you so much! 😁😊🥰 It was lucky 13! But I'm a fan of even numbers, so I like to think more of it as working on our 14th year 😉 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Librariana ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
28 likes13 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

We moved into our house at the end of Oct. I started putting my library together in mid Nov. Man Cub decided he didn‘t like his area of the basement and we switched in Dec. some time. It‘s now mid April, I‘m hoping to finish putting my library/office together this week. I‘ll let you know how it goes.
#somanybooks #ididntknowihadthatone #thisisagoodone

The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Finished with my Home Library, it's now a Cozy, Comfy Reading Room with View of the Moon and Stars at Night when Contemplating what I've just Read lol

Texreader That‘s amazing, lovely, awesome!! 2y
Andrea313 Wow! This looks fantastic! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
See All 6 Comments
SW-T Love the window treatment. Room looks like a cozy reading spot. 🙂 2y
Ruthiella Love it! So cozy looking. 😍 2y
JulieAly Love it! 2y
109 likes6 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

It is crazy how much one thing can change a room... put some new curtains up in the library and it has completely transformed the space!!

Thousand-Lives Looks cozy! 2y
Ruthiella Totally! Just changing a throw or a pillow can change up a space. Nice library too, BTW. 😀 2y
Kshakal @Thousand_livess thanks!! It is probably my favorite room in the house! 2y
Kshakal @Ruthiella thanks! 🤓 2y
37 likes4 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

*Shamelessly 'borrowed' this image from Pinterest*

After a lot of measuring and stock checking (literally 6 solid months of 🙄) I finally took the plunge & ordered some good old Billy bookcases! I have wanted a library wall (house is small, a wall is the best I could hope for!) for ages so have decided to get rid of an old pine bookcase & dresser to replicate the above set-up. Just hope the reality lives up to the Pinterest photo!

Prairiegirl_reading Billy book cases are great bang for your buck! I added the extra shelf at the top, floor to ceiling books! 😍 2y
MidnightBookGirl It's going to look great!
marleed I went the white billy shelf route, as well, and I love them. The skinnier shelf is great for turning corners if you want to shelf in a room (and I did). Honestly at night I sit and stare and those shelves like they are as calming as fire place! 2y
See All 7 Comments
readingjedi @Prairiegirl_reading I wanted the extra height ones but our ceiling is too low by an inch or so - very annoying 😂 2y
readingjedi @MidnightBookGirl Thanks, I really hope so! 2y
readingjedi @marleed Lol, I think I'll probably spend a fair while just admiring the sight! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @readingjedi you still have room to stack a few up top 😄😄 2y
80 likes7 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

1. There are shelves and books in pretty much every room, including closets. Roughly 2,500 books at the moment. These are just a few of them.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Lcsmcat Love your library ladder! 2y
TheSpineView I love your shelves! Thanks for playing! 💙📚😊💜 2y
Hooked_on_books 😍😍😍 2y
33 likes4 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image
OriginalCyn620 Gorgeous! 3y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm ❤️🤤❤️ 3y
17 likes2 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Taking this opportunity of spending so many hours at home to get our bookshelves in order! 😱 Pulling old ones and adding purchases made over the last year and a half. The shelves are already packed so adding new ones is always impossible until I have the energy to do a big reorganization. I guess I have no reason to put it off any longer! 🤷‍♀️

Clwojick 😍😍😍😍😂 3y
AmyG I did this, too. Fun! 3y
35 likes2 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

My partner and I just moved in to the very first house we've ever owned! So exciting!! We have like no furniture yet but of course I have unpacked a bunch of my books.

kamoorephoto Congrats on the house!! 👍🏼 3y
TheBookAddict Congrats, wishing you the best! We lived that life too. We didn‘t have furniture, but we had each other and our books. 🙂💕 3y
See All 13 Comments
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @TheBookAddict Thanks! Yes, books and each other, the important things in life. 3y
Bookzombie Congratulations!!! 3y
Ruthiella Exciting! 😀 3y
Lucy_Anywhere Congratulations! 3y
Lindy Congratulations! Where are you located now? 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy thank you! In Nanaimo. 3y
Lindy @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh! Far from Vancouver. Enjoy island life! 3y
38 likes13 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

@megzlynn My sister and I just set up my library last week! I would have just stacked books, but she added plants and decorations that really made the wall look great. There's nothing like having a talented decorator in the family.

And congrats on your library! So exciting 😄

wanderinglynn That looks lovely! 👍🏻❤️ 4y
wildwoodreads It‘s gorgeous! 😍 4y
Tanisha_A Lovely! 😍 4y
LapReader I wish she could do my space. 4y
23 likes4 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

I‘m still working on my little home library...sometimes I have to pinch myself! I feel like Belle!

theresidentromantic I love the wallpaper on the shelves!! 4y
RavenLovelyReads @theresidentromantic Thank you! I‘ve seen some people use beautiful wrapping paper too! It‘s cheaper and you can regularly update the look! 4y
Lovesbooks87 Love it! 4y
See All 19 Comments
candority That looks amazing! 😍 4y
GingerAntics I hope to one day get to have a home library again. 💙💙💙 That looks like a lovely little happy place. 4y
TheBookAddict Beatiful! 😍😻😍 4y
AmyG It looks so lovely. 4y
TheSpineView Wonderful! 4y
TEArificbooks You did great, it looks like it could be in a home decor magazine 4y
Melissa_J That‘s lovely 😊 4y
tracey38 Oh, that looks fabulous! 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful!!🌸 4y
tammysue Perfect! 👌🏻😀 4y
EH2018 So pretty!! 4y
Catsandbooks Gorgeous! 😍 What are the rainbow books on the second from the top shelf? 4y
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 4y
readordierachel Wow 😍 4y
RavenLovelyReads @Catsandbooks Thank you!! Those are the Penguin Drop Caps- a collection from A to Z. 4y
Catsandbooks @RavenLovelyReads thank you 👍🏼 4y
98 likes19 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Hello all!! I‘m about to move and this space is going to be my library. I‘m so excited and daunted by the idea of making this space my own, but if anyone understands the excitement it‘s you all!

Texreader Look at those bare walls begging for bookshelves! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Mitch That‘s amazing... have fun designing! 4y
21 likes2 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image
TEArificbooks My kids are set, we have 4 home libraries plus books stacked in all the crannies and nooks 4y
Texreader Thank heavens for that! Our house is crammed with books and we built a library over the guesthouse, too. Our kids should be geniuses! 😉 4y
LA_Mead My son‘s bedroom is wall to wall books already! Our house is full of books 🤓 4y
See All 8 Comments
GingerAntics And science finally confirms what we‘ve already known for ages!!! 4y
rwmg What a strange concept: "enough books". 4y
Judybskt Yes!!! 4y
laurieluna There are books in every room of our house except the family bathroom! (Too much splashing at bath time to take the risk 😂) 4y
JillR Our house is bursting with books too. When we get the kids new books we often just leave them somewhere for them to discover by themselves. My husband, who is a teacher, is convinced that if children are surrounded by enough books, and are left to discover them, they will read :) 4y
133 likes8 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 💙💙💙 4y
CocoReads You can never have too many books 4y
Tkgbjenn1 I don‘t think I‘ll catch up reading with what I have purchased 4y
112 likes3 comments
post image

Neutral tones

rockpools This one, on the other hand... Would be quite comfortable on that sofa for the afternoon. I don't usually go for 'neutrals' but it's lovely and calm. 5y
blithebuoyant My niece would get out of bed, pull every one of those books down and scream “READ ME BOOK” at 4 am 😂 5y
tournevis The bar takes space away from the books. 5y
See All 7 Comments
tammysue Sooo pretty 😍 5y
tracey38 Love this! 5y
Eggs @RachelO @blithebuoyant @tournevis @whatshesreadingnow @tracey38 Thanks for the comments. Yes we can get rid of the bar!!! 😂 5y
tracey38 And that couch looks so comfy for lounging and reading 5y
91 likes7 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Enough shelves?

JHSiess Lovely, cozy room. 5y
HOTPock3tt 😍 (edited) 5y
Craftylikefox 😍 I love the window seat too! 5y
See All 8 Comments
AnneCecilie 😍😍😍 I'm ready to move in, when do I pack my suitcases? 5y
Zelma I want this one! 😍 5y
Eggs @Zelma 😊😊 5y
tammysue Love this 😍 5y
81 likes8 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Would these shelves hold all your books?!?!

Leftcoastzen I‘d like to see!😁 5y
JacqMac Challenge accepted! 5y
wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 5y
See All 10 Comments
Zelma Love it! And my books would fit in one tiny section of that room. 😆 5y
riversong153 Beyond beautiful!! 5y
HOTPock3tt Wow!! 😍 5y
tammysue 😍 5y
UwannaPublishme I'd need a few more shelves 😆📚 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!! I would love these!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5y
84 likes10 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

Yay or Nay?

larah17 YAY 😍 5y
MirrorMask YAY!!!!🤩🤩🤩 5y
Stacy_31 Yay! 😍😍 5y
See All 16 Comments
Moray_Reads Gorgeous! 5y
TheSpineView Oh YES! 🤩 5y
QuietlyLaura Yay for the pink chaise! 😍 5y
Q84 YAY! 5y
Tanisha_A This is yay yay! 5y
tammysue Yay! 🤩 5y
LauraBrook Yay all the way! 5y
Zelma Not my favorite ever, but definitely a yay. 5y
Bronte_Chintz So many yeys! I want to turn our converted attic into a book room! 5y
Redwritinghood Yay for sure. 5y
GripLitGrl Yay❣ 5y
TheDaysGoBy Gorgeous! 5y
82 likes16 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

sudi 5y
Velvetfur *sigh* 5y
Vertabrain Love! 😍 5y
See All 9 Comments
Zelma Love it! Comfy chair? Table for coffee mug? Good lighting? Check. 5y
Eggs Yay this home library is Zelma-approved!! @Zelma 😂😂 5y
Zelma 😳😂 I am so picky. 😋 5y
Eggs You have discriminating taste 5y
tracey38 I've always wanted a wall of bookshelves and a comfy place to read by them. 5y
81 likes9 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image
BarbaraBB What a great library. What books are behind the glass? 5y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Thank you. 😊 The proper antiquarian books are in the glass fronted shelves on the right and the Australian poetry collection is in the ones on the left 5y
BarbaraBB Beautiful!! 5y
See All 15 Comments
Cathythoughts Very beautiful & impressive ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
JennyM Beautiful @CarolynM. I could look at that for hours! Do you have any poets to recommend for the #aussiesrule2018 challenge? A book of poetry from the last 10 years. Xxx (edited) 5y
Sue Gorgeous @CarolynM ! @JennyM I can post about this soon if it would be helpful 😊 5y
batsy What a beautiful sight! 5y
JennyM @Sue that would be wonderful! I don‘t read much poetry so would love your thoughts and recommendations. I absolutely love this challenge. I am discovering so much Aussie talent! Thanks for organising XX 5y
Sue Thank you @JennyM that‘s really gratifying to hear. ❤️ I‘ll organise a Litsy post and a blog post very soon! 5y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow!!💜💜 5y
CarolynM @JennyM I don't know much at all about modern poetry, good thing you're on it @sue 5y
britt_brooke Pretty! 🤩 5y
LeahBergen Gorgeous! ❤️❤️ 5y
Felso 😮 Gorgeous! I want!! 5y
44 likes15 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

This our biggest wall of book shelves, but not the only. #shelfie #MarchinBooks @maich

MallenNC I love it! My shelves are smaller and scattered around the house. 5y
Mdargusch Wow! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
Lcsmcat @MallenNC Most of my shelves are smaller, and we have them in almost every room, but this is my favorite and the one I go to first for challenges. 5y
See All 10 Comments
MallenNC @Lcsmcat There‘s never a shelf big enough! 5y
Tamra Love it! 5y
LeahBergen Love! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 5y
AnneCecilie Love it 😍 5y
OrangeMooseReads 😍😍🤤 5y
SilversReviews Nice!! 5y
67 likes10 comments
The Home Library | Brander Matthews
post image

I‘m here for a nice long weekend with my parents. Have I shown you their home office? 😍

LeahBergen 😍😍😍 5y
valeriegeary Be still my beating heart! ♥️ 5y
LauraBeth ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
See All 7 Comments
DivineDiana Wow! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
Oryx Book ladders are the dream! 5y
shawnmooney 😛👍👍❤️❤️ 5y
erzascarletbookgasm 😃♥️ 5y
74 likes7 comments