Thursday, August 8, 2013

bookshelf problems

Riveting subject matter here today... bookshelf problems. 

Here is our current living room situation: 

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I know - I'm working on it. So, I'm thinking I should get two bookcases for either side of the TV. What do you think? The ceilings are SO tall, that they have to be really tall bookshelves, and I have been looking at lots. 

I really the Toulouse Tall Bookcase from Ballard Designs. 

(it's the tallest one shown in this collection)

It's 84" tall and 42.5" wide - perfect for our wall and ceiling height. What do you guys think? The only thing, is that this is a pretty expensive option, so I'm trying to weigh out everything before I pull the trigger. Any suggestions of a similar style bookcase anywhere else? Another look I like is this:



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this is clearly awesome. and probably took a lot of time and a lot of patience! I also don't really love the idea of drilling into our floor for the bottom pipes. hmmm....

Another option is the Tuscan Bookshelf from Home Decorators.


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It's got a similar feel to the Ballard one, and I sort of do like that that the bottom shelves are out further. The ONLY bad thing about this is the twisty iron on the fronts. It drives me crazy. What do you guys think? Is it annoying? Am I being too picky? It would save a pretty penny, compared to the Ballard ones. 


Anyway. If anyone has any advice or ideas, I am completely open and hoping you'll share!

The good news is that I finallyyyyyy selected a sofa from west elm, and am going to order it today. They are having a 15% off sofas sale right now, so it's perfect timing and I'm taking it as a sign to stop being indecisive. 

Being an adult is hard.

let me know what you think about my bookshelves!

30 comments:

  1. Oh I really love the Ballard ones. You'll have them forever, so it's worth the investment! They are gorgeous.

    Can't wait to see the new place girl!

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    1. hey beth!!! you guys need to come over for sure.

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  2. Have you checked the Ballard outlet in Roswell? Sometimes it’s hit and miss but I’ve seen those shelves there before.

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    1. i've been there before, but not since i started actualy needing furniture :) but my stepmom said the same thing. and i didn't realize it, but they have the exact same shelves at their house, haha! i need to go there.

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    2. I was going to suggest the same thing - Ballard's Backroom in Roswell. :)

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  3. What about this one from Overstock? "The Orleans"
    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Home-Styles-The-Orleans-5-tier-Multi-function-Vintage-Shelves/7110409/product.html?refccid=B2U7EVZIXHI2KRKIZXPI6ZDCAA&searchidx=40

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    1. this is a great option! my dad just texted me and said he'd love to help me build the pipe ones... we might be doing that option, but if not, this is a good one!

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  4. You know what? For the price, I really love the industrial feel of the Vittsjo shelves from Ikea (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20213312/). You could even take out the glass and replace with some rustic finished wood and get a very similar look to the ones you like. They probably wouldn't be tall enough for your space, but maybe you could do a long pipe shelf attached to the ceiling (no drilling and attaching to your floor required) that spans the whole wall and ties both sides together as well as filling the blank space above. Good luck!!

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    1. I didn't realize my blogger profile was going to use my last name too so I deleted this, but looks like the info remains anyway. Sorry, just would have left it if I knew it would do that!

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  6. Kristen,

    I love the look of the pipe shelves myself! I built a low version for a room in my house and they weren't hard. Especially if your Dad is willing to help. I didn't attach anything to the floor or wall. I put mine on wheels too. But you wouldn't have to. One thing to keep in mind, the hardware gets expensive when you start counting how many flanges you need! I shopped around on the internet and found hardware for less than half of what you pay at your local hardware store. And it came in just a couple of days. The other thing, use 3/4 inch pipe. I used 1/2 inch and wish I had used 3/4. And you definitely need cross bracing in the back for stability. I'm sure whatever you do, it will be beautiful!

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  7. Have you ever thought about using the Ikea Billy bookcases and extensions to make built ins? Jenny at Little Green Notebook and a ton of other bloggers have done it and have great tutorials out there!

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  8. i'm going to hang big old planks of wood across the back wall of our living room with shelf brackets. no idea how much that's going to cost, but we have 9' ceilings and i can go as high as i want. good luck deciding!!

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  9. Hi Kristin!
    World Market has an option that might work - http://www.worldmarket.com/product/emerson-bookshelf-with-step.do?&from=fn

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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  10. I love these shelf ideas! Right after we finished our built-in shelves, I started wishing we'd done something like this. I love the ones from the brick house! I agree that it's a big commitment to drill the bases into the floor. Is resale in your future? Or is this a forever home? I feel like potential buyers might really love the shelving unit, but that is a commitment for it to not be removable. I love how those look a bit more custom, though. Either is a great option :)

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    1. I LOVE your built in's! if i had the talent/patience for that, that's what I would do! This house is a forever type house, so we want to love it and know that we'll love it for a while. I think my dad and I are going to attempt building the pipe ones!

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  11. To me tbe pipe one seems more your style

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  12. Oh man, I had this same dilemma for awhile. It took me forever to decide on a bookshelf for our guest bedroom. I settled on this one (I think someone else commented about it too) http://www.worldmarket.com/product/emerson-bookshelf-with-step.do?&from=Search

    I absolutely love it. It's not as tall as the Ballard one you're eyeing, but it's still pretty tall and a good bit cheaper. Shelves are deep and I get tons of compliments on it! Good luck! (Glad you're going with the West Elm sale too!) :)

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  13. I love love love the Ballard ones! The twisty front of the Home Decorators one is driving me crazy too.

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    1. yeah, me too! it just feels tooooo "tuscan" haha... it's funny how that one detail makes it sort of mom-ish/country. i'm not buying those!

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  14. I think bookshelves make the nicest features in rooms. I love the Brick house one because it is asymmetrical and actually, that is really handy if you have some items or books that are taller than the height of some of the shelves. Does it really have to be drilled into the floor or does the weight of the shelves give it the stability down there? I'm with you on drilling into the floor. That isn't a commitment I'd make to shelving.

    You should get the ones you love though because it is the main feature of the room. (I'm not crazy about the twisty detail either)

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    1. the plan is for it not to be drilled into the floor! dad says he thinks the weight will be enough. i just assumed this was drilled into the floor, but it doesn't have to be.

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  15. Check out all the "Renate" items on Overstock. Cool stuff for cheap:

    http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=renate&taxonomy=sto1&searchtype=Header

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  16. I say if you really love the ballard ones, get them. You might have to wait a little while longer to get them but then you'll have something you know you'll love. Also, ballard does pretty frequent sales on furniture. I'd keep checking back with them while you're saving and they just might go on sale!

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