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Fridays at Home: Bookshelf Update

19th October 2012

So ever since my bookshelves were finished, I’ve rearranged the books every few months. I knew I didn’t want solid books (not because I don’t like the look but because I wanted to take advantage of the dark background to display other things). Yet every time I rearranged the shelves, I still wasn’t pleased.

I would sit in the club chairs to read and end up staring at the shelves, trying to figure out a better way until I remembered….duh, Pinterest. I pinned a bunch of bookshelves before I had them built, so why not check them out for styling, too?

I love so many of my pinned bookshelf images, but this was the winner. (It may have helped that the wall color is super similar to my room.)

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Apartment Therapy

All in all, I love the interest of the different stacks of books, so last night I decided to rearrange them (a gal will do anything to avoid grading essays).

There are also some other reasons I wanted to rearrange. My office has a couple of dinky shelves, and I really want to remove them and do something in that alcove, so I had to move all those books. Plus, the sofa I discussed last week will go into my bedroom, and the sofa in my bedroom will go into the dining room. Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I still have a couple tweaks to make, but wow. I cannot believe I ever even showed you them before (they looked awful). Here are the shelves as of this morning – not perfect but a huge improvement:

I feel so much better, and I can actually sit in the reading room and read (though I’ll probably be staring at the shelves for an altogether different reason since they look so much better).

Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend.

Fridays at Home (year’s end)

30th December 2011

So wow. I didn’t actually begin Fridays at Home until about halfway through the year when I realized I really enjoy sharing my Adventures in Homeownership. 🙂 I did, however, want to do a recap of everything I’ve done to the house in the past year.

January: nothing.

February: begin looking at paint samples for the dining/reading room.

March: keep staring at paint samples and paint.

April: get lumber for bookshelves, hire Danny to build bookshelves.

May: begin looking at paint samples for the exterior of the house and trim.

June: painting begins.

July: painting continues.

August: rearrange living room furniture.

September: exterior paint is finished, and I paint the front door.

October: nada.

November: choose paint colors for kitchen and cabinets and refinish and paint cabinets.

December: ahhh. sweet peace. oh wait, I forgot Dad’s big garage reno. wooow.

December 2011

November 2011

September 2011

August 2011

June 2011

April 2011

March 2011

All in all, I had two total room redos, an exterior house change, and small projects all for under $4,000. Of course, that’s doing a lot of the work myself, but heck, that’s a lot of change (as in metamorphosis AND coinage) for a year. Overall, though, I’m pleased. What’s on the agenda for 2012?

– Save money. You know, because it’s kind of important to have some spare change for these home projects.

– Do touch ups and small projects.

– Paint detached garage to match exterior of house.

– Possible reno of butler’s pantry into half bath (late summer, perhaps?).

– Redo back deck (if half bath goes through, may be put off until 2013).

– Add crown molding to main rooms.

– Create window seat in kitchen.

– Paint laundry room and make it more efficient.

It’s funny. I hate lists for my reading but LOVE lists focusing on house projects. Now I just can’t wait to start marking some of these off in the new year. 

So – what have you done this year in terms of improving your space?