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New Library Bookshelves-Styled!


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.



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.



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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Simply on Sunday

I hope you're having a great Sunday!  I darted out to Target early this morning with my daughter to shop their Lilly Pulitzer line...we made it home in time for church (mostly because EVERYTHING was picked clean by 8:10!) and I will share my finds with you soon. While you're here, don't forget to … [Read More...]

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April Pretty Preppy Party

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Our Aqua and Grey Master Bathroom

This post brought to you by FrogTape®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of 11 Magnolia Lane. I've been working on our master bathroom lately; it's a fairly large space for the house, but it's got a lot of contractor-blah features--basic faucets and counters and not a lot of … [Read More...]

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Easy Spring Recipes & Entertaining Ideas

Don't forget to enter our current HomeRight giveaway {here}. With the weather here finally getting warmer I am ready to move away from "comfort food" and on to fresh, warm-weather meals. Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about easy, lighter dinner ideas. I am always on the lookout for … [Read More...]

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Easy Cool-Down Soccer Sprayer {and a New Giveaway!}

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Simply on Sunday

 Happy Sunday, everyone! We're having a quieter weekend than most; my husband has had to work and I am getting ready for several events coming up in the next few weeks.  Sometimes I think that the weeks leading up to the end of the school year are even busier than around Christmas--am I the only … [Read More...]


DIY Built-In Wall Shelves Using Billy Bookcases {Ikea Hack}

    Today I am sharing a project that I am SO excited about, it's by far my favorite DIY project to date. These bookshelves! I know we aren't the first to take IKEA bookcases and build them into custom-esque bookcases but I look at these and can't believe they are in my … [Read More...]

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Grey Greek Key Footstool

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Updates in my Home Office

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