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Speaking Volumes

Whether a Kindle, an iPad, or a plain old hardback is your reading tool of choice, having a place at home devoted to the quiet contemplation of news and literature is a deep pleasure. Four designers tell us how they created spaces as page-turningly compelling as the books and electronic delivery systems they might hold.

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Room designed by Kim Scordo

The Focal Point  When designer Kim Scodro (312-925-8023) combined two units in a prewar building for her new home, she found herself with a long hallway connecting the foyer to the private areas. To keep things interesting in the passageway, she created a cozy reading room at the end of it, with doors to bedrooms and a laundry room jutting off at its corners. “We walk through this room multiple times each day, so rather than fill it with useless pieces of decorative furniture, I wanted it to serve as a reminder of how important it is to make the time to stop and read,” says Scodro. Illuminated by an antique French chandelier that sparkles against understated damask Farrow & Ball wallpaper panels and home to a lovely painting by an Italian artist, the space also makes for a great view from the front door.

 

Photograph: Werner Straube
Styling: Hilary Rose

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