Since adding some brightly colored pillows:
Giving the lamps a fresh aqua makeover:
And transforming our new lamp into a beauty:
We’re pretty darn pleased with this side of the living room. True, I’m constantly on the hunt for white slipcovers, and I may at some point want to change up the lampshades (or give them a DIY treatment), but for now you could say that I’m
So, of course I turn my attention to the other side of the room.
When my eyes flicker around this side of the living room, they constantly alight upon the most prominent feature: Our Expedit bookshelf from Ikea. We have loved this little workhorse that has housed our books, magazines, random knick knacks and baskets of clutter. It has served us well, to be sure. But I have a couple issues:
- It’s too short for the space. This has me constantly piling stuff on top of it to compensate for its lack of height. Nothing wrong with wanting to showcase some beloved treasures on top of a bookshelf, but when you start arbitrarily plunking stuff up there to compensate for its Napoleonesque stature, you’re in trouble.
- The 13 x 13 inch cubbies are extremely limiting. True, you can place baskets in them, but lately I have found them very constricting to my decorating aesthetic. When one is yearning to make one’s home open, airy and serene – dark, imposing cubes are anathema. Lately I’ve found myself singing “Don’t fence me in.”
Where this bookshelf would be perfect is the basement. In my craft area I have desperate need for organization, and the Expedit would be perfect to house all my supplies! But what is to go in its place?
This is the Billy bookcase (also from Ikea). After measuring carefully, I discovered that two of these bookcases will fit perfectly on this wall. They will come to just below the top of the widow frame and will fit the horizontal space with about 1/8 inch to spare. Risky? Sure, but my next adventure race is over two months away, and I have to get my adrenaline rush somehow.
I know the picture above doesn’t exactly inspire choirs of decorating angels or anything, but at just $69 a pop, this is going to be an easy way to bring some much needed light and openness to the space. And if you want to get your creative juices really flowing, check out what Kate from Centsational Girl did with four Billy bookcases:
Holy moly! You’re seeing that right – she (and her überhandy hubby) took four freestanding bookshelves, added trim and moulding, primed, caulked and painted them and voila! Super impressive! Our space won’t allow for the wall-to-wall built in look because of the window on the right and the radiator on the left, but this picture definitely gave me something to think about. If nothing else, I could combine the two units and finish it off with decorative trim. This has me excited!
Could you see something like this in our living room? Has anyone ever attempted a project like this? I’d love to hear about any tips and advice!
TGIF! Holla y’all!