A Library of Built-ins

With another family member on the way, we are finding ourselves needing to think about rearranging space in our house.  Currently, our second floor has a master bedroom, a nursery, a guest room and a extraordinarily small room with a closet that is technically a bedroom but that I use for my office.  The nursery is truly only big enough for the crib, a dresser and a bookshelf, so there’s no doubling up in there. Which means that the guest room is going to have to become a big-boy room for our son and now we won’t be able to accommodate guests.  Except….that we also have a third floor, walk-up attic.

The attic leaves MUCH to be desired but is at least semi-welcoming with dingy carpet (as opposed to just sub-flooring) and old, painted paneling (as opposed to completely open joists).  When we bought the house, we knew that someday (which seemed at the time to be in the waaaaaaaay off distance) we would turn the third floor into a master suite.  And it looks like the next big project that we are saving our pennies for is just that.

So…all of that to say that over the years I have culled some inspiration for the time when we finally go for the big reno and one thing that has remained steady in my inspiration pics has been these extraordinarily charming and totally functional built-in bookshelves that wrap around the landing of the staircase.

(source – photo by David Prince)

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Built-in me up, Buttercup!

I am OBSESSED with built-ins lately.  We are hoping to expand our family someday but not our home, so my mind often wanders to dreams of having a kids room on our third floor or turning our guest room into a kids room or moving to an undisclosed island in the Caribbean while someone else takes care of the kids.  Wait…that last one is my I-need-a-vacation daydream.

Anyway, here’s some built-ins-in-the-bedroom eye candy for you this lovely Thursday morning…

Let's take a moment to admire the function of the built-ins below.  They creatively fill the space under the eaves.  They afford each bed owner their very own shelves for photos, alarm clocks, etc.  They have beautiful open storage up above and functional, yet still stylish, storage underneath.  The effective use of bead board and horizontal paneling to further personalize the space is just the icing on the cake. 

This space is more for functional beach-house dormitory living…but I like the layout of three beds along the wall…not sure we’re planning on expanding to three at the moment, though.

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