Friday, May 29, 2009

Bookcases ~ A Novel Idea

Photo courtesy of Country Living Magazine

I love books, so I think loving bookcases goes hand-in-hand with that. I have a pair of bookcases my hubby made for me as a gift one year - I love them if for no other reason than that he made them for me, but they absolutely came in handy as well. They will be coming with us when we down-size.

I also have a pair of bookcases with drawers in my son's bedroom that will be repurposed into bookcases for my home office. They are pine, but I plan on painting them. My problem comes in to play as far as what color do I want to paint them; it will be a choice between white, espresso or black. There are three drawers in these bookcases as well, which will be handy for supplies, samples, catalogs, etc. When down-sizing, I want to take advantage of whatever storage I can.

Photo courtesy of Country Living Magazine

Besides loving the concept of this kitchen (above) in its entirety, I love the way an otherwise non-usable area is being used. I love that the cookbooks are on view but also teapots are incorporated into the shelves. Appropriate for a kitchen and, if you collect teapots, a novel (no pun intended) way to display them.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

I like the idea of this desk doing double duty as a desk and a bookcase. For a home office these shelves will allow you to easily find what you are looking for. It also looks like a space saver having the shelves incorporated into the desk. I might consider this one for myself!

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

I love the look of this bookcase with it's lattice sides and openness. I think this would work great in a large bathroom holding towels and bath accessories or a bedroom to display photos and some of those sentimental collectibles.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

Finally, this set of bookcases would work wonderfully in any room in the house. They have an abundance of shelf space and provide some architectural interest; good for a room that might not have any otherwise.

As you can see from these pictures, bookcases can hold more than books. Interspersing accessories and collectibles among the books makes for an interesting display in your home.

Copyright 2009 Kathy Passarette, Creative Home Expressions


Tiaa @ EYInteriors said...

I love the pottery barn desk/bookshelf. I have a really small office and this would great! I have to look into this! Thanks for sharing. Great post!

Content in a Cottage said...

I have a thing for bookcases. I am always trying to find a place for another one even though I have no more room. Books and bookcases really make a house into a home.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Tiaa ~ The other nice thing about that desk (yes, I've been thinking about it) is that you could stand if you were pulling together samples for a client and had them laid out on it (because it looks higher than a regular desk) or sitting down doing computer work.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Rosemary, I agree! I love my books and I love seeing them in the bookcases my hubby made for me. It is a very cozy, warm, homey visual to me.

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