This morning, we discovered the way we’d like to spend our golden years — turning our home into a neighborhood bookstore and café, and bringing the culture to us. Inspired by the Japanese couple that did just that, we’ve collected a few beautiful, quirky bookstores built in people’s homes. Some of these are still functioning as domiciles, the owners sleeping above (or among!) the books; some are tiny hotels; and others are simply repurposed residences, but all of them are places we’d like to visit. After the jump, browse through a few beautiful bookstores built in residential spaces, and clue us in to any we’ve missed in the comments.
Izu Book Cafe, A bookstore and café built into the home of a retired couple in Izu, Japan. Designed by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima of Atelier Bow-Wow. [via]