Library Makeover: Sneak Peek

Ugh. I am just DYING to share how amazing our “library” (aka: the small bedroom at the front of our house) looks now that we’ve redone the shelving.

Let me refresh your memory a little bit. Last fall we tackled the “How to disassemble Ikea” project – and by “we” and mean Ty. “We” successfully got that behemoth apart and shipped it off to a new home. Thank you Kijiji! I absolutely loved that unit and when we first bought our house it was #1 on my list of buys. Once it got installed and stocked however, it just looked soooo…. heavy.


Gah. Talk about a beast. I thought I could live with it, but 2.5 years in I just couldn’t pretend to love it any longer. Sidenote: I totally think it’s ok to admit when you were wrong, especially when it comes to design. Sometimes we make creative decisions in the moment that just don’t play out like we thought. No shame here.

Once the room was empty, it was like looking at a blank canvas again. I immediately knew what needed to be done. It was ambitious but we both agreed that the only answer – the only choice we had to make the statement we wanted – was floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall shelves.

Guys. I’m obsessed. It looks amazing. As I said, I’m so pumped to share it. BUT. I want it to be absolutely perfect. There’s just a bit of fine-tuning to be done. So to whet your appetite a little in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek. I like to think that I curated each and every one of the THIRTY-FIVE shelves before me. (HINT: I colour-coded the books like a lunatic!) I chose my favourite one – the yellow – to share with you today:



Nailed it. I mean, come on. The owl mug alone is a showstopper. And we look pretty damn cute in that photo. In contrast the shelf below is pretty neutral (with an equally adorable photo of our eldest niece and nephew – love!) which I think really adds to the impact of the yellow.




I can’t wait to show you the rest! In the meantime, I’m going to curl up in there with my latest read (The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith – I just started it, so no spoilers!) and admire my (colourful!!) handiwork.

– C

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