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Anne Hepfer is a New York native who relocated to her current home in Toronto, Canada to pursue her career as an interior designer. Her projects are inspired both by the natural environment and her cosmopolitan experiences in bustling cities. Fusing elements from a range of periods and cultures while maintaining a style that is both distinctive and timeless, Anne’s projects are both unique but fluid with one another, as they all have the Anne Hepfer signature of cozy with a touch of glamour. She earned a graduate degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Parsons School of Design and, not long afterwards, moved to Toronto to found her own interior design business.
Color, comfort and a setting for a prized art collection were priorities for this library, which takes most of its inspiration from nature. Sophisticated, sculptural furniture and one-of-a-kind accessories layered with patterns and textures that include lacquer, mixed metals, a stainless-steel desk base and nickel hardware on cabinets and drawers were perfect complements to the noteworthy art.
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The purpose of the library is to read and work, so fabulous and functional lighting is a must. - Anne Hepfer
What is the most important thing to consider when designing the library?
Comfort. This is a room in which the homeowners will settle down with a book or newspaper for a few hours, so it’s paramount that this space feels cozy. Using a fair amount of wood, rich textures and warm tones helps achieve this feel. Similar to the family room, the library is where the homeowners will spend a significant amount of time, so designing it with that in mind is key.
Do you think there are common pitfalls and mistakes that one might make when designing their library? As a seasoned veteran of design, can you share your advice on how to avoid them?
If you aren’t building the home from the ground up, keep as many of the original construction as you can during the renovation or remodel. Not only do these aspects tend to have a rich history behind them, but they can be a lovely complement to a more modern and current design. Often in older homes, the architecture is amazing as it is here with the paneled ceiling.
In your library never use __________
only neutrals. Color, even in small bursts, is a great way to bring in personality without going overboard.
What's the most important design element in the library, and why?
The lighting. The purpose of the library is to read and work, so fabulous and functional lighting is a must. Here, a pair of brass twig sconces with sage-green silk shades flank a framed work of hand-cut Japanese shoji paper. The green of the sconces echoes the deeper green of the sofa and the grosgrain ribbon trim on the white linen Roman shade, while the brass complements the gold desk lamp.
In your library always __________
invest in a really good quality sofa. Comfort is key and a well-made sofa will have longevity and is easy to reupholster down the road. If the room is small, purchasing a stock rug in a standard size is an easy money saver as custom rugs cost a lot more.
In your family room always ___________
take advantage of color.
Go to paint colors for the library?
I think it depends on the location of the home and the rest of the space’s color palette, but I love to play with different shades of green and gold in a library. These colors remind me of classic reading rooms in beautiful public libraries.
The best finishing touches for a room include?
The details that make the space personal. Art is my favorite way to do this because it’s so unique to the homeowners’ tastes and completely changes the mood of a room.
What's one decoration technique you'd never use?
Not loving Pantone's 'Ultra Violet'! I also like to avoid doing feature walls.
The Whole House is an extension of our previous years, 52 Weeks of Design. It is a collaboration of designers that will design every room of a house. A new room will be featured by a new designer, every week, for 52 weeks. Be sure to come back and check out the new rooms.