Shop the Hunker House: A Jewel-Tone Library That Speaks Volumes

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Our beloved Hunker House is truly a labor of love, a living, breathing expression of our very favorite things from the design world. It's a place that feels right at home in Venice, California, with its light wood finishes, airy color palette, and plants galore. But it also brims with Scandinavian accents that make each space look oh-so-very sleek, modern, and effortlessly cool.

So naturally we want the library in the Hunker House to be quite literally a place where you can hunker down with a book or laptop and be fully surrounded by design inspiration. Our library not only communicates a right-this-minute, contemporary feel, but also a cozy ambiance with its plush furniture and soft lighting.

So, settle in with a chai latte and a good book (or your iPad … ) and peruse the decor in our stunning new library. We know you'll love these pieces as much as we do.

1. Menu Carrie Portable LED Lamp in Black, $159.95

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We like to think of this portable LED lamp from Menu as a major upgrade from that little reading light you clipped onto your headboard in grade school. It can be used indoors and out, and it even comes with its own USB charger. We love the versatility of this lamp in our library.

2. ferm LIVING Small Pouf Round in Bordeaux, $899

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A living space like a library should have plenty of seating to go around. And we especially love it when a seat can be pulled out and placed wherever you please. Trine Andersen designed this futuristic-looking round pouf for ferm LIVING, and it's a seamless (and soft) addition to our library.

3. Menu NoNo Table, $449.95

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We answered with a big "Yes! Yes!" when it came to selecting this coffee table for our library, so we had to get two. A collaboration between Norm Architects and Note Design Studio for Menu, this design is a contrast between timeless and cutting edge, and we have a feeling we'll be loving it for years to come.

4. Gubi Mategot Fruit Bowl, $199

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Founded in 1967, Gubi, a Danish design house, continues to create ultramodern pieces that are equal parts The Jetsons and IKEA. Like this reimagined fruit bowl, Gubi designed many of the decorative elements in our library, and we think they genuinely elevate the space.

5. ferm LIVING Pouf Oval in Bordeaux, $1,099

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Perhaps a small round stool just won't do for your space ... or, maybe you just fell in love with these ferm LIVING poufs at first sight (like we did!) and need to get one of each. Either way, we completely understand and fully support the splurge. Besides you can never have too much seating, right?

6. Gubi Stay Sofa, starting at $4,739

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Can't you just imagine yourself sinking right down into this sumptuous sofa? Rendered in supple wool with a velvety sheen, the curvaceous design makes it look as if it would fit right into a French salon, but it can easily cozy up to contemporary spaces as well.

7. Gubi Grossman Gräshoppa Floor Lamp in Vintage Red, $1,029

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Based on a 1947 design, this floor lamp was dreamed up over 70 years ago and happens to look flawless in our present-day library. With its subtle tilt available in a variety of color options (dusty blue or oyster white, perhaps?), this fixture could easily continue to be a staple in homes over the next 70 years.

8. Gubi TS Console — Two Racks, $2,889

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The possibilities are pretty much endless for this polished and cool console table. Featuring two tiers (available in several hues) and sleek, linear design details, you can pretty much use this piece for just about anything — shelving, serving, media console, or even a swanky cocktail station.

9. Menu Troll Vase in Smoke, $84.95

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At Hunker, we're always searching for the latest out-of-the-box version of something classic and traditional, and this uniquely shaped vase definitely fits the bill. With its smoky, ombré hue inspired by a Norwegian painting, this eye-catching design is Scandinavian elegance at its best.

10. Gubi Adnet Rectangulaire Mirror in Tan, $1,109

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You can't go wrong with a mirror in any room, but we knew that we needed something extra special for our library. So we opted for a pick that would add unexpected detailing to the space — it features hand-stitched leather and burnished brass rivets. This mirror could certainly take an equestrian turn, but we think it partners up perfectly with the modern decor in the rest of the room.

11. Gubi Satellite Pendant Lamp, $909

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No modern-day space is complete without an attention-grabbing light fixture, and we knew we found the finishing touch for our library when we discovered this pendant designed by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 for Gubi. We can't get enough of the artistic feel of this early space-age lamp.

12. ferm LIVING Large Pouf Round in Bordeaux, $1,449

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OK, OK ... we confess! We might be slightly addicted to these jewel-tone ottomans, but this oversize round gem is the last one, and so worth it. Perfect for cozying up with a good read and a refreshing nightcap.

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Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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