built-in shelves are my fave

May 19, 2015

built-in bookshelves

We bought our house in a weekend. Ryan described it best when he said, “the house didn’t offend me,” because so many houses in our new town do. It’s a new build that lacks character but it’s solidly built, has a good layout, and is in a convenient location. And I knew that it was a good base to start with even if the vinyl windows are tan (don’t look, it will hurt your eyes).

I started collecting interior inspiration when we were still dirt poor students and the thought of owning a house was a distant dream. But life happens fast and in November I walked into a house that I had only seen for a short period of time and now owned, saw the room below and started to cry. Those outlets in the middle of the wall were mocking me.


Since this is the main living space and it faces the kitchen, it was a priority to cover the ugly as quickly as possible. I thought about a gallery wall, we considered a TV, or maybe a fireplace but then I was browsing saved ideas and remembered all my dreams of built-in shelves and then I couldn’t think of anything else and I started singing the theme to Beauty and the Beast.

I asked around, found a craftsman who could build just what I wanted, he busted it out, and I cried again. This time out of happiness. Because dang, it looked so good.

built-in bookshelves

built-in bookshelves

built-in bookshelves

built-in bookshelves

I still think it’s the best home decision I’ve ever made, might ever make. It makes a huge impact when you enter the house and I admire it while I load the dishwasher on a daily basis.

And there you have our living room.

sources: sofa, mid-century tripod floor lamp, foot stools from Overstock (no longer available), leather arm chair, tulip chair, saddle chair, Lulie Wallace flower painting, dipped planters, face planter, stripe vase from West Elm (no longer available online)

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