Since we first bought this house, I’ve had my heart set on built-in bookcases around this doorway. (You know I love a good built-in.) But, as other projects have taken precedence, my dream has been squashed. I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to move the bookcases that were behind our sofa to this wall before now, but I love how they look here and how much it has helped to open up the room.
I still say these were one of my best Craigslist finds at $20 a piece. They’ve been in three houses and two different colors now.
This living room was two houses ago. I also used them in one of the kids’ rooms in our last house.
When they were behind our sofa, I had them a little more crammed with books:
When I moved them to their newest spot, I lightened things up a little bit. Less books, a few more accessories. . .
Of course, I don’t get the same height as I would with a built-in, but ginger jars fix that problem:
A little green, plenty of blue and white mixed in, some framed photos and a few accessories for texture: