Transitional Family Room by Design Harmony Built in shelving can anchor a room, adding a lot of depth and color to an otherwise boring space!

formal living room game corner Transitional Family Room by Design Harmony Built in shelving can anchor a room, adding a lot of depth and color to an otherwise boring space!

Trinity Country Club clubhouse in South Korea by Christian Liaigre. Photo via AD France.

Trinity Country Club clubhouse in South Korea by Christian Liaigre. The brief from the client billionaire Lee Myung-hee, the country’s richest woman, and top French interior designer Christian Liaigre.

Love the tufted benches!  Would be a great solution to my missing french chairs in the dining room set.

Black bookshelves with tiny lamps attached. Table & chairs set in front of the bookshelves along with a black tufted bench!

Emily A Clark --- man oh man I love everything about this dining room turned office

Emily A Clark --- man oh man I love everything about this dining room turned office. It also serves quite well as a dining room.

Let's face it: as much as we'd all like to think of ourselves as the sort of people who throw dinner parties all the time, the formal dining room is mostly obsolete. So what's a modern family to do? You can set up a dining table and chairs in there and then let stuff collect on the table (I'm pretty sure this is the default), or you can take it one step further and transform your dining room into a multi-purpose space that you'll use every day.

Don't Use Your Dining Room? Our Favorite Alternative Idea

Built-in bookshelves create cozy reading nook seating for your home.

14 Libraries Guaranteed to Make You Feel Like Belle

built-in bookshelves, library ladder, window seat, sconces, blue (via The Designer's Attic: Quadrille) around the book nook

This gorgeous blue home library that once was merely an unused corner in the great room now serves to display an extensive book and music collection.

Beautiful Blue Home Library Nook Was Once a Disused Corner

This gorgeous blue home library that once was merely an unused corner in the great room now serves to display an extensive book and music collection.

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another dining room/library combo--built-in bookshelves and window seat and a sweet antique round table and chairs

In the library, a varied collection of books, a 19th-century ladder, and an antique globe | archdigest.com

Statement Interiors by Richard Keith Langham Inc.

In the library, a varied collection of books, a ladder, and an antique globe.

American Empire Revival Library Table http://www.irisabbey.com/the-market/try-this-painting-technique-layering/

Try This Painting Technique: Layering

Dining room or library. Either way books are welcome at the table. A great way to get the most mileage out of a room.

Dining Room or Library

In this library, a white Jacobean-style table is painted black, making an elegant, functional library table. Large windows and french doors admit light. Love the aqua color on the exterior of the doors.  (Martha Stewart)

Our Favorite Colors

Library in Martha Stewart's Lily Pond Lane home in the Hamptons with black jacobean-style table, potted succulents, and venetian-glass chandelier in the same hue as the ceiling.

Antique Oak Library Table--have wanted one of these for as long as I can remember but alas, no room.  Love quarter-sawn oak.

Antique oak library table, we had a table like this in our dining room, used it as a desk, sat in the bay window.

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