Symmetry and millwork add a touch of formality to the library. "Everyone loves this room because we're all readers," says Ray Brown, an investment banker. Virginia Mary found the gray taffeta curtain fabric at a remnant sale. Pine flooring throughout the house was salvaged from a North Carolina tobacco warehouse. Virginia Mary gathered "green" tips from both designer showhouses and shelter magazines.
Paint ("Dolphin"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Drapery (gray taffeta); chairs and ottoman; benches; floor lamps: owner's collection.
Club-chair and ottoman fabric ("Monarch"/Stone #2063/1): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
Lucite tables: Area, 713/668-1668.
Bookshelf lights: Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.