The library is outfitted with a tufted green leather Chesterfield

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Pam's deftness at creating the illusion of space deserves a standing ovation in the tiny area of the cottage she calls the library. Darkening the mismatched blond oak floors with an ebony-walnut stain—which took six coats to get right—made the house look bigger.

The library is defined by a wall of built-in bookcases and a small fireplace that easily heats the whole house. It's outfitted with a tufted green leather Chesterfield (found at a friend's moving sale), and an armchair covered in a Lee Jofa fabric. Both sit just 14 inches high. "I wanted everything low to the ground here," Pam says. With the arrival two-and-a-half years ago of Pam and Haines's son, Reza, Pam discovered the height of the furnishings has an additional plus: It's completely toddler-friendly.

Pam chose pieces with legs to add to the room's overall sense of airiness. A David Hicks rug also defines the bungalow's conversation area.
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