make the most of your space: corner built-ins

April 14, 2016

There are so many advantages of having an open floor plan – it’s great for entertaining, it makes your home feel even larger and is a great way to bounce natural light around (not to mention, it’s a great way to keep an eye on littles when you’re trying to make dinner or cleanup!).  I…

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5 easy tips for styling bookshelves

April 28, 2014

My love for books runs almost as deep as my love for an artfully arranged bookshelf; there are few things I love more about my job than to be left to my own devices with a pile of books, pictures, decorative objects and even artwork and create a beautifully styled set of bookshelves.  It’s like…

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double duty

November 29, 2012

I’ve always loved the idea of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in a dining room-such a lovely way to add character AND storage!  I firmly believe that a space isn’t quite finished unless it’s filled with things that hold the most meaning and it doesn’t get more personal than shelves filled to the brim with your favorite books. …

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beef up built-ins and crown molding with inexpensive trim pieces

June 27, 2012

A few months back, I began working with a lovely client who was exasperated with her 1972 rancher.  She wanted to see if I could help her fall in love with it again, otherwise, it was going on the market, quick, fast and in a hurry.  Challenge accepted!  We decided to start with the family…

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covered books – yay or nay?

April 19, 2012

I have never really given too much consideration to re-covering books until recently when I was styling a client’s bookshelves.  Out of the three extra large bins of books, there were only a few she would let me use because she didn’t like the binding colors on the rest.  My first thought ran immediately to…

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before + after: my corner built-ins

April 17, 2012

It’s time I started keeping up with posting finished projects around my house, so first up are my corner built-ins in our family room! You might remember this is how we watched TV for the first year we were in our home: You can’t really tell in the photo below, but this was a tricky…

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painted backs

March 8, 2012

A lovely client is currently having wall-to-wall bookshelves installed in her living room and after much contemplation, we’ve decided to paint the built-ins a crisp white and the beadboard backs the most beautiful shade of slate gray/blue.  One of the quickest, easiest and least expensive ways to make your bookshelves-and the objects that sit on…

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more bookshelf inspiration

October 19, 2011

I really ought to start a “bookshelf of the week” category with all the inspirational images  I have been squirreling away! Today I will be sanding through multiple layers of paint on four dining chairs, so here is a little eye candy to get me through the day! The image below is from this jaw-dropping…

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almost done!

August 31, 2011

Our corner built-ins are officially done! I still have to finish filling in nail holes and putting a final coat of paint on them, but I am SO happy with how awesome they look!  (Please excuse the TV…the cable cords aren’t long enough to reach any further, so the whole thing is sitting right in…

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bookshelf inspiration

August 29, 2011

As my living room built-in bookshelves get closer to being completed, I’m chomping at the bit to style them!  I love built-in shelving; it’s are a great way to add character to a room, use up negative space (like the corner in my living room) and show off your favorite photos and collections.  There’s no…

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