My husband has few design requirements. He generally trusts my eye and doesn't consider himself an "expert" -- he allows my opinion to prevail (one perk of not marrying a design enthusiast). He has a good eye, when pressed, but generally he just waits for me to make my mark and gives his approval.
There is one exception: books. He is a bibliophile of the highest order -- so much so that even the mention of donating books he didn't enjoy reading (meaning: he will NEVER read them again nor recommend them them to anyone) quickly segues into down-a-bad-road territory. He firmly believes that an environment with easy access to tons of books fosters creativity, the development of intelligent thought, and just being an overall more interesting individual. I can't argue with that logic.
I like books, but have to say that I am trying to up my reading game. Recently, we had to relocated our library of books to make room in our spare bedroom. This created a challenge-- where to put them. The only place that had any wall space large enough to house our small but growing collection is our living room. This posed a challenge because our living room is currently a tri-purpose space: living, dining, and office. So, as I created a design to add a fourth purpose to the room - library - I needed major inspiration.
One of my favorite houses that incorporates books everywhere is Minnie Mortimer's LA home...indulge with me in a house filled with book love. And...wish me luck on completing my room-- I'll post photos when it is complete!