Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our New Bookshelves

When we downsized to our little cottage, storage and organization became a priority.
We knew we needed bookshelves, a place where we could store our mail sorting baskets,
toys for the Grands, a place for magazines and projects, and books, of course.
After living here for awhile, we began to get a sense of what we needed to meet those needs,
and Lauren got to work on designing this 2-piece bookshelf. We had a friend build it, and
 Lauren added the trim and painted it to match the trim in our bedroom.
 

 
 
 
We use these baskets to sort our mail...

 
 

and the blue and green boxes store magazines and projects.

 
 
 

The 3 large baskets store toys for our grandkids...

 
 
 
 
and we do have a few books on the shelves.

 

We have the bookshelves in our bedroom, where they are easy to access,
and I am so pleased with the look and the functionality they have.
We can tweak the items on the shelves to suit our needs as they occur,
adding decorative items with the seasons or on a whim.
Having good storage is so essential in a smaller place, and these shelves
take the place of 4 areas we had in our old house for some of these items.
We hope to build a similar one for our basement when we finish it,
 but that is a project for another time!
 

8 comments:

Zuzu said...

It looks beautiful, Laurie!!! So very organized and pretty! :)
Hugs,
Zuzu

Barbara said...

It is lovely, and so neat, I need one that size too, we have several spread all around the different rooms, ugh, would love all the books in one place too, good work my friend, have a great day and be blessed.

Kit said...

Oh I really like it! Perfect colors too. Guess what? We had a little snow over here in the West. I didn't mind at all. :) Kit

marie said...

I love your bookcase. It's so nicely organized - everything in it's place, and so beautifully displayed!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

I love the book shelves. I have looked everywhere for baskets like those. It is perfect and perfectly organized.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
Darlene

x-oncewhimsical said...

Beautiful! I have always wanted to do something like this. Maybe it's time to do so? :)

-Merry

Laurie said...
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Laurie said...

Darlene ~ I found the large baskets at Target; they are from Smith & Hawkin. The smaller, square baskets are from Pottery Barn. I have a few like them I got locally a long time ago that were cheaper, but I cannot find them anymore.