Twenty-two years ago when we moved into our town house, we asked an interior designer to help us figure out furniture placement. The one requirement, we told her, was that three tall bookcases line the west wall of the living room. She looked at us, aghast. "Then it will look like a library!" she wailed. Yes, we said. Make it a very attractive library.
David and I have reading chairs in the living room. Before company comes, we try to remember to reduce the height of our book stacks. But we thought you'd enjoy seeing them in their natural state.
And now I think I'll go get a cup of tea and sit in my reading chair for a while. Happy New Year, readers!