House Tour | Portland Converted Library |

Thursday, November 7, 2013









Whether this is your particular cup of design tea or not, I know some of you will love this home, like I do, based on the fact alone that this home was once a public library which was converted into a residential property. Personally I also love it (extra-a lot) because this home is in my hometown of Portland. The home was designed by local interior designer extraordinar Jessica Helgerson (she is the owner and designer of this home, also in Portland, which remains one of my favorite house tours I have ever posted on TPN).

Via: Desire to Inspire Photos: Lincoln Barbour

23 comments:

  1. oh, can you imagine, to live in a former library. that would be the best thing ever. I wish they'd left the books behind too :)

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    1. i can. i can imagine! yeah, i was wondering if there were any treasures left behind that the owners discovered. i love homes with history, especially this kind.

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  2. Nothing says "home" like a built in! I was sold from the first image, with the library surrounding the beautiful bay windows! This can be a perfect space-saving solution even in smaller homes, if the owner have a love for books. And that retro stove... gorgeous!

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    1. i agree, i love that built in with the books piled this way and that way. to me just the way they are displayed seems to tell the story that this home was once a library. and oh! i love that stove too!! want. want.

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  3. Anywhere that that many books have been is an automatic heart-stealer in my book. And I do love what she's done with the place. It looks comfortable but classy. I've seen that bathroom before and adored it, but seeing it in its full context makes me love it even more. That's why I like house tours like these, it's always fun to see if you recognize any of the individual rooms from elsewhere. xo

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    1. i really like it too. it's a bit dark for my "normal' design taste but i think it absolutely fits this space and the history behind it; so with that, i love everything about it.

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  4. i absolutely love this house!
    what great bones, and there is nothing better than living in a home packed full with history.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

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    1. i agree 100%. i can get sucked into the history of a house - even one that's not my own. i am really wanting to know what library it was considering this is in the city i live.

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  5. Well I think this place is stunning I cannot believe used to be a library and it's important how cool I would totally live here

    Ali of Dressing Ken

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    1. personally i can't think of a much cooler house to live in. i have always loved converted homes. i think houses that were once churches are cool too, but i don't think i could live in one. i also love converted industrial spaces and school houses. but still, i think library would be my top choice.

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  6. Wow. What a stunner! I absolutely love the light in this house.

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    1. i love that the bedroom is nice and light, and looks like it gets such great light. it's a great balance for the darker elements in the rest of the home.

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  7. Love it. The fact that it was a former library sold it completely. Love the decor style too. the books around that glorious big window? Amazing. In fact, all of the design elements are to die for. That kitchen??? Oh my. Oh Christine, I'm having major home lust over here. We're looking for a house right now and all there are in San Diego are gigantic suburban tract homes with cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops and tan colored stucco. And I know that a lot of people like that/would love that. But I just want some originality!

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    1. my mom lives in the suburbs and there is an allure to everything being new, and the schools are good and they are clean and kid friendly and more affordable. but like you, that "look," while nice initially (and the other benefits), just doesn't do it for me. so keep put in my townhome which is from the 30's and i go through the brutal process of school transfers for my kids so i can stay in an older place with its charm in the city, but i definitely have daily daydreams of an actual house of my own. i am wishing you luck in your search!!

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  8. Swooning over every photo! Where to start? That blue couch, the black accents, the gorgeous desk in the kitchen (!) ...those black pendants, the bathroom...the bedspread. I love everything about this!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. me too. and i love that desk chair too and the rugs and the little alcove for the bed . . .

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  9. I think what is so great about this house other than the fact that it's located in Portland, is that you can see so much personality in the design. Sometimes design can be so sparse with out personal touches and come across as generic but this home as a kick :) and I love the fact is once a library. I don't know if I could live in a library because of library ghosts (don't judge) :)

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  10. I love how moody they've made this home too // totally pays homage to its history as a library, no? So pretty, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Wow. So much character in this home! I am just swooning over that killer bookshelf too. <3 And that ladder! Always wanted one of those. ;)

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  12. Oh my gosh, this is perfection! Love the colors, the detail, the tile work, and that fireplace!

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  13. I know you picked out this house just for me. Did Belle from Beauty and the Beast live there after she moved out of that drafty castle?

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