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:
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.
On the top shelf of the other side is a great basket I found at Home Goods for $6.99 and a large, glass, turquoise candle holder from target for $11 stacked atop my old year books. :) Below, “friendship” bamboo from Ikea ($5) is appropriate placed next to a “We Not Me” poster (found here) in a simple black $5.99 Ikea poster frame. The wooden gesture doll is from Ikea and the little gold pot I had on hand and I spray painted gold.
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.
We filled those, too:
Whew! And that, my friends, is what we call a wrap. Favorite part for me? I honestly love the yellow National Geographics–they were our first find and really served as a jumping point. What do you love? What would you change? Is there such a thing as too many baskets?