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9.08.2008

Kinsey Marable


Rare-book dealer Kinsey Marable assisted Oprah with her vast library of classic editions. Her cozy reading room (details shown above) happens to be featured in a special literary-inspired issue of O at Home, and I won't spoil the surprise for those who haven't seen it, but I thought it would be interesting to re-post an image of Marable's Virginia home (House Beautiful circa 1990s, below).

The book dealer and Oprah must be kindred spirits because soft greens combined with rich reds and that sink-in comfort look dominate both rooms. Although the mogul's personal library is a bit more formal. Have to love her malachite boxes and numerous volumes bound in red.

Click here to see Marable's townhouse as featured in the April 2008 issue of Southern Accents. (Atlanta's own Clinton Smith wrote the piece.) And beyond aesthetics, be sure to explore Marable's site. It's fascinating to learn about his consulting work with book collecting clients.
Above, books recommended by Marable; image via his business site.

14 comments:

Be the change..... said...

I bought this issue just for this library! I was suprised that the magazine was pretty amazing! I'm thinking of getting a subscription

Style Court said...

Change -- I know! Isn't it great this time? I'm just getting into the writer's spaces.

It looks like the interest in design history and old books has definitely permeated all shelter mags now :)

Pigtown-Design said...

I would have to keep all of the books!!!

Style Court said...

Also, i should add that some people are turned off by the idea of a private library consultant -- you know, the cases where maybe an "instant library" is bought by those who have just come in to a great deal of money.

Sounds to me like Marable works very much with his clients and their true interests. Still, I'm anxious to hear what others think.

Obviously Oprah is a special, genuine book lover!

S. Adler said...

My fantasy job -- assembling a library for someone and getting paid to do it! For those of us who are bibliophiles, it is difficult to imagine that there are people who don't have the time or inclination to create their own libraries. For most of us who are bibliophiles, the problem is usually a lack of shelf space and the seemingly unlimited quantities of books one desires to purchase on limited funds. I have been in many home libraries where the books have been purchased by the yard and know people who subscribe to publishers who reprint classics in beautiful leather bound editions. The books are never opened -- they are there just for show. A "true" library should reflect one's personality and interests. You can learn a lot by browsing the shelves of an addicted book lover.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - you are a constant source of inspiration.

Style Court said...

S. Adler --

Yes. I think most of the readers of this blog will relate to your comment. I certainly know that shelf space -- room space for that matter -- and budget are my only obstacles to creating a bigger library.

Marable seems to feel that most of his clients do read the books :)

Thanks so much for your input. Great points.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- I know you will have strong opinions on this! That is, if you have a moment to scan the Wall St. Journal article about private libraries. Mostly the issues related to clients unlike Oprah who don't have an existing passion for books or a large existing collection.

columnist said...

I love the spread on Marable's townhouse - truely exquisite! Thanks.

Style Court said...

Columnist -- thanks for stopping by.

The Peak of Chic said...

I think S. Adler has a point about the whole "books by the yard" thing. Most of us cannot even imagine that. Based on what I have read and heard about Marable, I think he really works with the client, trying to create a collection that is a true reflection of the client. Marable has an unbelievable knowledge of books of different genres, so my guess is that people hire him for his knowledge... and his ability to buy those hard to find books.

Style Court said...

Jennifer -- as always, well said!

S. Adler said...

To continue this discussion -- there was a great article in today's Wall Street Journal by June Fletcher entitled: "Why Libraries Are Back in Style". Thought you and some of your readers may enjoy it.

Style Court said...

S. Adler -- oh good, thanks for the tip!