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The Little Library...

So this week I have finished painting the whole landing and hallway in The Barn. There's a little balcony type space at one side of the landing and I thought that would be a perfect area to turn in to a little library. I'm not much of a reader unless its for information/education purposes or Tolkien, massive Tolkien nerd over here! By adding the library I'm hoping I'll have a little space away where I can finally give myself chance to sit with a good book.

In keeping with my Scandi/Industrial style decor, I've incorporated mixed metals with the traditional wooden structure and plain light walls and carpets. It's been a bit of nightmare with delivery of items I've ordered, they should all be here by now but with delayed deliveries, drivers unable to locate my address and general alterations to furniture happening, the whole project has been a little delayed.

The whole area will consist of a grandfather clock, a chaise lounge and bookshelf. Functional and simple, just how I like it. I'm most looking forward to relaxing on the chaise lounge on a sunny day, looking out the skyline windows and just taking a second away from the world after a busy day.

Here's a few items I have purchased to give you an insight of the finished 'room';

I had some M&S vouchers to use and never thought of looking for blacks and metals from there but they really do have a great selection! The globe is possibly my favourite item I've purchased for the library, however it hasn't arrived yet so I don't want to say too much before seeing it in the flesh. I had to get the bee as its perfect for sitting on the bookshelf and also reminds me a little of Manchester, a great city very close to home.Copper Globe, £45, Marks and Spencer. Brass Bee, £12.50, Marks and Spencer.

These prints are from the lovely Emma over at Stunning Style. I've became friends with Emma while working at Birdie Barn and her prints are great quality, as soon as she advertised these this morning I knew I had to have them. They're available in a range of sizes and colours, giving you complete versatility of using them in your home. They're also super affordable, which of course we all love!

Each print was £4.50 and they're available to purchase at

Like almost everywhere in the home I had to have another big green plant. I love the feeling of life it brings too the home, even though ironically there's no life in them at all! I've bought a lot of artificial plants from Matalan in the past and I really do like the quality of them for the price. This Fern plant will be sat on a black metal planter (also from Matalan) next to the bookcase.  Fern tree in pot, £25, Matalan.

The last pieces I'll show you are these from H&M Home. It's my first time ordering from them online and buying anything from their home section but I've heard good things so fingers crossed. I did order a few other things from them at the same time however I don't need to bore you with my whole spending habits! The cushion will of course sit on the chaise lounge, I ordered a feather filled filling for it so I'm hoping that combination with the wool cover will be a great snuggle item.Wool-embroidered cushion cover, £19.99, H&M Home. Metal Bookend, £12.99, H&M Home.


To say I ordered almost everything last weekend, bar the prints, I have only yet received the bee... Matalan and H&M haven't even been dispatched yet and the bookshelf has gone awol, I'm a little disappointed but can understand these sort of delays do happen. Once everything is all in it's place I'll post finished pictures of the library over at @mybarnconversion on Instagram.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah x x

1 comment


Wow thank you for featuring my prints and what an amazing little journey to read through! The little library sounds like it’ll be a sanctuary when finished! I hope you’ll post pictures! That globe looks fantastic!
I too am a sucker for H&M home lucky enough to have a store near my work and I always have to pop in my walk home!

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