I spent my whole day yesterday filling all of these empty shelves:
I wanted these built-ins to be a good mix of books and color. I wanted it to not be so serious, as a bookcase completely filled with books or glass objects can be. We are pretty playful people and I think these built ins reflect that:
Gah! What do you notice first? Huh? Perhaps the yellow National Geographics lining our skinniest bookshelves. Or maybe the pops of turquoise scattered throughout. Or all the baskets! Strap in, you're in for a full-blown source list.
On the top right of the built-ins are two black and silver plates from Pier One. They were on sale for $4.50 each and I got the stands at Hobby Lobby for $2.99. Down a shelf--The large silver frame and white mat were found in the Ikea As-Is section for $3! The "art" inside is actually a thick and gorgeous wood placemat from Pier One I got for $5. Art is all around us, eh? The turquoise vase was $10 from Ikea, the gold-ish vase I had on hand, but I believe it is from Ross. The little natural mirror is from Ikea for less than $3.
Moving down, we have a collection of books and a souvenir from our cruise to Mexico 3 years ago. The little turquoise glass lamp is from Target for $12.99 and the shade, also Target, was $7.50--although they are currently having a buy one, get one 50% off home decor sale, so the little set was a screaming deal. (Also--we still need to get a plug plate for the plug hiding behind that, oops!) Below that, is a family photo, a framed envelope from a letter exchanged between Chris and I (we fell in love through letters...handwritten ones), a little green candle and my favorite yellow pear--a $6.99 HomeGoods find. Two pillows stacked on the bottom shelf (have had them forever!) add color, while still keeping it Greta-friendly.
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These two frames I had on hand. The caricature (I'm pretty sure you've seen) is by my talented friend, Lance Fry. Next door, is a simple $2 white frame from Ikea with a paint chip in it to create a little ombre art. I threw a couple yarn balls in mason jar and paired it with a vase I had on hand. Below that are some white storage containers I found in the as-is section of Ikea for less than $2 and a few of my old art books. On the bottom shelf is a huge storage basket filled with Greta's blocks. I was so happy to find this at Ross for $19.99. It's big enough to store toys for Greta and narrow enough to fit in the built-ins. It was one of my favorite finds.
Overtop of the television, is an old encyclopedia collection I found in the online classifieds for $10. The basket in the middle is from Ross. While we are talking about classified finds, all of the National Geographics I found on KSL (like Craigslist) for $30! A 13 gallon bin filled to the top with National Geographics. So far, I have discovered some dating back to 1954, and some newer issues from 2003. We have already enjoyed looking through a few with little Greta.
Below the television is another basket (I can't help it...I just love 'em) from HomeGoods that stores our remotes and a few odds and ends. In the center slot is our DVD player and Apple TV and a pot of artificial grass from Ikea that is conveniently placed right where all the cords run up to the television. Next door--our very modest dvd collection. :) I spy Arrested Development.
Remember the built-ins on the other side of the sliding door?:
We filled those, too:
On the top shelf, is a metal tray we got from my Uncle Victor for our wedding. It's gorgeous and we are so glad we finally have an appropriate place to display it. On the second shelf is all of Chris's cookbooks. He reads them like novels. Really. And having them so close to the dining room makes sense so that he can grab one to refer to when he is cooking, if need be. Below, I displayed the magazine art I whipped up a couple months ago and a couple more white storage boxes from Ikea.
On the third shelf from the bottom I paired some more National Geographics to tie in with the other built-ins and a jar we had on hand filled with some dried spit peas for a pop of green--we work with what we got. Below, is a few board games and on the bottom shelf is a basket of a some of Greta's books and a giraffe that I have always had, that she has recently taken a liking to.