Friday, October 19, 2012

Bookcase love

Hey all!! Lots to be excited about today! First of all, it is the weekend!! Yay! Second…I’m making progress on the bookcases in the dining room. Finally! I got the lights up and installing them was the easy part. I searched for MONTHS for the right lights -- that weren’t $250-$400 each (and I need four!) and the other day I finally figured out a solution, for $140 TOTAL.

So stinkin’ excited about it, I’m amped up and ready to get the rest done. Which means a TON of painting, but I’m ready. Let’s DO this!

I’m already know the next spot I’ll be building some similar built ins, but it seems like I’m always trying to figure out where else I can make them work in our home. I’m obsessed. :) So today, I figured I’d share some of the beautiful bookcase pictures I found.

So we can drool together. :)

Usually I’m a go-to-the-ceiling kind of girl, but these shorter versions are perfect in this space:

mid wall bookcases

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Anyone else wondering if there’s a window seat between those bookcases? I bet there is. :)

I love this idea for a little nook in the kitchen:

kitchen bookcase

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And on a side note – love how they hid that big air return with a pretty desk space! Brilliant!

I love how the shelves on this set have an open spot on every other one:

Bookcases

It breaks it up just a bit which I like. And do you spy the rolling ladder hardware? Swoon. (But wait. Is that a giant egg??)

I love seeing bookcases built in to spots you normally wouldn’t think of putting them – like a hallway or a stairway landing:

Bookcase in hallway or stair landing

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Those lights are AWESOME. And probably $500 each. For a teeny tiny light. I’ve done my homework. :)

OK, these aren’t BOOKcases…it looks like a craft room. But I love love love how they used an awkward wall and made it into storage:

Bookcases around window

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What a dreamy room!

I like when they are extended out over windows too, like this one:

Bookcases around window

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I do love a bookcases filled up with big books like this. I thought we had a ton of books but I’m finding I want more…SO wish I wouldn’t have gotten rid of all big, thick college course books. :)

I think one of the things that draws me to bookcases and built ins is the cozy factor – it immediately makes a space feel warm and “close” to me. Like in this bedroom:

Bookcases around bed

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If our bedroom wall wasn’t so long I would do this in a heartbeat!

Finally, I saved my favorite for last. Talk about a cozy space – I adore this little nook:

bookcases in nook

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All my favorites – a big beautiful window, hardwoods, white cabinets and a window seat. All in a little hideaway! Perfection. :)

Are you swooning like me? I know so many of you in blogland have created your own built ins or done a great job decorating them – please feel free to leave a link to them in the comments!

I’m off to caulk and prime. :) Have a great one!!

**If you’d like to pin these beautiful spaces, please visit the original source to do so. Thanks!

17 comments:

  1. I have tons of bookshelves in our apartment (from the 1800s)! Here is my first try at decorating them & next week I am posting my 2nd, much better, attempt! Book cases are the best!

    http://createbakecelebrate.blogspot.com/2012/07/create-stylish-built-ins.html

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  2. To do it all over again? I would have them in every room. LOVE THEM!!

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  3. We have built ins in our living room. I saw the potential in them when we bought the house, but man they were super ugly. As everything is in our house, they were built out of paneling. A couple coats of paint and an accent color later, I'm in love and have totally redone my living room color scheme. It's amazing what a little paint can do.
    http://www.lipglossandflats.blogspot.com/2012/06/face-lifts.html

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  4. I love all of these, especially the one with the books extended over windows and living room couch! I went to the source link, but I don't think it is right.

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  5. I'm in love with these chicken wired covered ones via CTD:

    http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-few-changes-at-home.html

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  6. In our last house (a 1 1/2 story bungalow), there was a big closet to the right of the attic staircase landing. (With brown accordion-style doors, no less!) My awesome hubby got rid of the closet when he updated the attic space. He built in bookshelves and we extended the new flooring in there and painted the walls and shelves cream to match the rest of the attic. I loved this space so much! I put tiny vintage looking lamps on each end and filled the shelves with books and pretty objects. My daughter used to love to sit in the nook and read! Heck, so did I! It's the one thing I really miss about our old house, now that we live in new construction. No cool little nooks and crannies! I bet your built-ins will be beautiful!

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  7. I was lucky enough to move into a house with built ins and I love them! Styling them is another story. I find I don't quite have what it takes to do them justice. I recently painted them and love them a whole lot more. I included a link to show you:
    http://www.small-n-simplethings.blogspot.com/2012/10/bookshelve-makeover.html

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  8. I love the bookcases around the bed, but like you, have too long of a wall. That last one is what I really want, but would have to build the house to create the right area for it. That might get a little out of my budget! We are both readers in our family and these pictures are some of my favorites.

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  9. I've designed built ins for a wall in my living room, It will go above and on both sides of a window, below the window will have a cushion for a makeshift window seat. On the right side, next to the window, there will be a section for the flat screen TV I don't have yet, and I'll line it up to the existing built-in on the adjacent wall.
    I've thought I'd have someone build it for me, but thanks to my new community of blogging friends I realize it's something I can do myself.
    And, btw, I still have my college textbooks. So additional shelves will be good.
    Jan

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  10. Oh, I just love the whole built-ins in the hallway idea. So pretty! Totally reminds me of a woodsy vacation home or cottage. :-)

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  11. I just finished a desk area for my daughter so I've looked at a lot of photos. You had a ton of ideas that I hadn't seen. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. hello! if your looking for affordable bookcase lighting, you can use picture light like these on our bookcase...
    http://buhayatbahay.blogspot.com/2012/10/bookshelves-upgrade.html

    It was $20 or 26 dollars aI think. :-)

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  13. Oooh something about custom bookshelves just makes me weak in the knees! We built some recently that you can check out here:

    http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2012/03/the-office-built-in-wall-is-finished/

    And by the way, I am SO SO thrilled at the lighting solution we found! Affordable, DIY-able and eco-friendly: http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2012/01/how-to-install-inexpensive-energy-efficient-under-cabinet-lighting/

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  14. I'm inlove with that little nook where you have a place to sit relax and read!I agree it's a hideaway, that window is perfect in that little place. I feel like day dreaming all day!

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  15. Having made a recent visit to IKEA (We're in the UK), it was there we realized the importance of having book shelves, full of books. An empty book shelf is never any good. What IKEA do in all of their 'showrooms' is place book shelves full of books within them! Why did we notice this? Because all of the books were old looking and in Swedish - eye catching!!

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  16. Loving all of these fabulous bookcases and always loving vintage books in them.

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  17. Alright, I will share my all-time favorite pin. Someday, if I ever move, this will be on the list: I love how these built-ins frame around the fireplace and actually create the mantel. It's beautiful. Not to mention you can put your TV over the fireplace and it doesn't take away from any decorations you want to throw up there as well. I love it!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/198721402277412250/

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