Luxe Library Lounge

Out with the old Formal Dining Room and in with this Stunning Study with The Home Depot

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Do you have a formal living room or dining room that you rarely use? Me too!

As an architect and designer, I’ve been thinking about how we actually live, in an effort to make unused space more usable. Once COVID-19 affected our lives, I needed to convert one of these rooms into an office.

This room was sort of a catch-all for electronics and books and miscellaneous office supplies. The two bookshelves I have are chaotic and just not enough.

I decided that this would be the perfect space for a luxurious library! (I’ve wanted one since I first played Clue, the board game)


I love to read and I have piles of books that need a home. This old formal dining room would get a new life as a fancy library/office space.



This component was the most labor intensive but you can’t have a library without bookshelves.

There are so many ways that you can take standard bookshelves and make them look built in but I wanted this to be totally custom, so I built them all with materials found at The Home Depot.

The Home Depot has a TON of resources on their website. Many of which would help with this project, including tutorials for a library like DIY Built-in Bookshelves or How to Build a Bookshelf.


To make these shelves and cabinets look more builtin and luxe, I added decorative fluted frame molding and other molding elements to really make this space feel luxurious.

This molding will bring the library cabinets all the way up to the ceiling and add a decorative element to the face of the open shelves.

I also wanted my crown molding to really pop. Limitless Luxe is the name of the game and standard crown molding just wont cut it for this space!

I used a method called stacked crown (seen above) where I attached baseboard to the ceiling and the wall and used the crown molding to make it look like one! Once painted, it looked so fancy and way more custom than the standard single piece of crown.

The Home Depot

My local Home Depot had everything I could possibly have needed for this luxe library project!

Not only did they have all the plywood I could dream of, but they had the beautiful decorative elements too, like the ceiling medallion and light fixture.

Below are a list of many of the tools and decor that I used for this project:

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This pin nailer might be the MVP of the project. I used it for ALL the trim and it saved me from having too many giant finish nail holes
I used this Kreg Jig Pro for EVERYTHING! For making the cabinets, securing the supports, adding shelves, and faceframes!
A miter saw is so important for a project like this with so much trim! We got out miter saw from The Home Depot and have been so happy with it!
This was my first time using this crown molding miter guide and I am hooked! It made visualizing the cut angles so much easier!
The ceiling medallion that I used. These are such a great way to make your space feel super luxe!
An alternative medallion that I fell in LOVE with and just had to show you!


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