A Peter Rogers portrait of Hitz's close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs in the library. "The room doesn't get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room ." Alex Hitz'a LA home.


An antique bookcase doubles as a bar in this Manhattan apartment decorated by Phoebe and Jim Howard. Glassware by William Yeoward Crystal.


Walls in a custom peacock-blue lacquer gives depth & richness to the library by Seven Gambrel. The leather sofa & King George club chair were designed by Gambrel & made by Dune. The silkscreen is by Andy Warhol


In Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber's Vermont cottage, a bookcase is designed with a mantel-like shelf "to make it hearth like, since we don't have a proper fireplace," Heekin says. Love the surprise of flowers on bookshelf.


Add Mirrors In a California cottage designed by Stephen Shubel, mirrors installed along the back of the built-in shelving give the wall depth.


Twigs' Pheasant wallpaper energizes the broad expanse of shelves in the wife's home office of a house in Houston, Texas. Roman shades are Jasper's Indian Flower. Designer Ann Wolf used the fabric's border to trim the chair.


A herringbone pattern hand-painted by Christopher Rollinson gives the living room of Park Avenue apartment its "wow" factor. "In an important room like your living room, shelves should be a little more styled," designer Christina Murphy says.


"Orange paint (Pratt & Lambert's Orange Spice) sets off the Palladian details of the bookcase in the living room of an Atlanta house. "I wanted that saturated color, as deep as I could get it," designer Kay Douglass says.