March 15, 2011
We haven’t made any moves on our build-ins yet (I’m pretty sure I’m going to run out of build-in title ideas before we even finish planning ours), but I love, love, love the ones in Emily at Merrypad’s dining room and had to share. (Also, how awesome is that mirror? Emily’s is made from salvaged barn wood, but I totally need to make one of those from the pallet wood I have laying around!) Anyone who hasn’t seen her blog yet should head over to check that out!
I love the chunkiness of Emily’s shelves (read more about how she accomplished that here). The thickness of the outside edges was something that drew me to the Expedits we planned to use in the first place, so I guess that tells me I want substantial looking shelves. I also love the way the wall color is clearly visible between the shelves. I’m debating between leaving the wall behind our future build-ins yellow, or painting that wall a bold color. What do y’all think?
February 28, 2011
As I alluded to in my last post*, I’ve been rethinking the idea of the build-in in the library. We were going to use Expedits, but I started having second thoughts about how that would look and those are “last chance” at Ikea now. I know we can probably make our own build-in a lot cheaper than our former brilliant plan (of buying six Expedits), but I have no idea when we’re going to get to that. What’s the line about the best laid plans… (The real line, not the Eddie Izzard line involving mice putting all the cheese in the back of the Mini.**)
We are currently discussing the idea of making something that is sort of a cross between the CB2 3.14 shelf, the DIY version featured on AT, the Expedit and a build-in like the ones below in Kara Paslay’s bathroom & the living room of one of YHL’s house tours. We like the idea of molding at the top & bottom, but we also like shelves that are not perfectly symmetrical. The whole eventual process should be interesting, to say the least.
Left from AT, right from CB2
Left from Kara Paslay Designs, right from YHL
Other build-ins that I love are the one in Sara at Russet Street Reno’s den/woman cave, and of course we’ve all seen YHL’s painted bookcases.
*Ok, my last post was random and fueled by coffee, this one was random and spurred by tiredness & Eddie Izzard. Oops. Meatier, heartier posts soon. Hopefully.
**Don’t sit there, there’s a mouse making a plan!
August 24, 2010
I should begin by saying that our house would be filled with build-ins if Robert would let me get away with it. (Hey, we have to take turns being the voice of reason.) I love libraries, books and bookshelves… Robert can attest to the first words out of my mouth upon seeing our house being “build-in”. I have spent many nights with a measuring tape, the laptop, and the Ikea website. So when I see a picture of someone else’s space filled with books I can’t help but instinctually save the image for inspiration (or to use as a desktop background, or just to look back on and drool over later), they just get me like that. I only wish I had the links for the images I saved while reading blogs and Google searching on my phone! Robert once likened the photo gallery on my phone to a Pottery Barn catalog.
LOVE. Originally from Apartment Therapy, seen on Urban Nest
Both from Young House Love
From Young House Love
From Kara Paslay Designs
And for a wrap up of where I am convinced we need build-ins of our own…
Behold our future build-in. Otherwise known as the first project on the list when we have money. But more on that later.
We may or may not have plans for a build-in around the doorway here.
What is it about your house, or someone else’s houses, that makes you go weak at the knees? Are you a bibliophile like me?