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New Library Bookshelves-Styled!

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As you saw in this post HERE–my Dad built IKEA Billy bookshelves into these custom built-in looking shelves in our front living room, which now functions as a quiet/reading library type space.

 

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I am not at all an expert at bookshelf styling and in my haste to enjoy these shelves and have this room finally pulled together, I basically just put everything up, moved a few things around and considered it done. I am sure I will continue to do quite a bit of rearranging here and there in here for months to come.

 

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My first thought was that clearly we need more books–there are a lot of shelves in here now, and we have another set of built-ins courtesy of the builder in my husband’s office with all of his books, and he wasn’t sharing!  My son was protective of his large book collection and I admit to thinking longingly of all the books we donated prior to our first {of three recent} moves, sigh. Anyway, I used what we have and we’ll no doubt continue to accumulate more. So for the final step I added some decorative plates, vases and family pictures to fill the huge amount of display space we now have.

In the bottom corner {behind the chair} are many of our special children’s books. They are so thin they don’t display as well as adult books but they are favorite keepsakes. My aunt, a teacher, had countless books autographed by the author when they visited her school and gave them to my children. Our collection is impressive and precious and I will pass them down someday to future {gulp} grandchildren. In the meantime, having them here and at ground-level makes them still accessible to my youngest when she wants to read.

 

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