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Novels, picture books, dictionaries, biographies, chapter books: they can be found sitting on coffee tables, tossed on end tables, strewn on sofa cushions, and hiding under desks, and they can totally overwhelm your living space. The addition of a bookshelf can tame your book piles and provide more space in your home. We’ve gathered a sample of stylish bookcases you can make yourself. Which one will you try?

 1. DIY Pipes and Planks Shelving

If you’re ready to house all your books in one place, this is the DIY project for you! Tina and her husband built this 13-by-10-foot bookshelf to fill the blank space in their living room and to serve as a gathering space for all their reading materials. You can adjust the size and supplies to fit your space as needed. Check out the full tutorial at her blog, Dusty Coyote.

Image Via: Dusty Coyote

2. Easy DIY Rope Shelf

Perhaps a bookshelf that spans an entire room is more than you had in mind. If that’s the case, then this DIY hanging rope shelf is just the ticket! It’s perfect for any room in your home. Build one in the kitchen for cookbooks, in the bedroom for nighttime reading, or in the living room for guests to peruse. Caroline has an awesome tutorial over at her blog, Burkatron.

Image Via: Burkatron

3. Concrete Block Bookshelf

Another  simple bookcase comes from The Crazy Craft Lady, Aimee. When all the books, papers, and law school supplies pushed her to her breaking point, Aimee built the perfect landing zone to keep everything organized. This project mostly consists of staining and stacking. Gather some pine boards and stone pavers of your choice, and you’re halfway done!

Image Via: The Crazy Craft Lady

4. Mounted Shelving Units

Molly made these mounted shelving units to flank either side of her wood-burning fireplace. The shelves were completely custom so Molly and her boyfriend took care to create a look exactly to their liking. Because everything is bracket-mounted, it can be changed with any new decor placed in the room. See their planning process here!

Image Via: Almost Makes Perfect

5. Multipurpose Crate Bookshelf

Not able to build a permanent bookshelf solution? Jamie’s got the perfect project for you instead! Head over to her blog, C.R.A.F.T., and see this awesome guide on how to style crates as shelving — four different ways! Place it, customize it, move it, add to it; the options are endless. Here is our favorite version. Which is yours?

How to make a bookshelf out of crates!

Image Via: Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

6. DIY Industrial Bookcase

This Pottery Barn-inspired bookcase cost just under $300—a steal compared to the retail price of $1,900! Jamison and his wife Jamie worked together to create an industrial-chic bookshelf to dress up their new living room. Jamison’s plans are so detailed you don’t need to have any previous woodworking experience to build a shelf just like this one. See for yourself; head over to his blog Rogue Engineer.

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Image Via: Rogue Engineer

7. DIY Tree Bookshelf

Patrick, contributor to the build-and-share website Instructables, DIYed his way to this trendy tree bookshelf. His instructions will help you breeze through the priming, painting, and construction of the project, but if you do get confused, he included a handy video tutorial of the entire process. The project cost around $150, and the whole thing can be completed in one weekend.

Image Via: Instructables

8. DIY Floating Bookshelves

If you’re looking for a subtler book storage statement, Mandi from Vintage Revivals has a fabulous tutorial on how to build your own floating shelves. A bit modern while still industrial, these magical shelves are ideal for any blank wall in your home. Stack them like Mandi did, or place them staggered along a larger wall to fill the space.

How To Build Shelves

Image Via: Vintage Revivals

All books need a loving home. Do yours have one?

Happy reading! Until next time,

~Bri


When I think of double staircases, I picture mansions. I imagine a famous actress descending the steps in stilettos, the train of a red carpet gown trailing behind her. Cue a handsome co-star in admiration of her opulence.

Okay, back to reality. Although double staircases can still be a statement of prosperity, they don’t have to be only for the rich and famous! Lately I’ve been inspired by how these staircases can be integrated into everyday homes.

Rustic Touch

How gorgeous is this simple double staircase? I love the clean lines, neutral colors, and the rustic statement created by positioning an old door between the two sets of stairs.

Via Cote Maison

Back Stair Perks

Originally constructed in older homes for housekeeping, a second set of stairs can also provide modern function. Imagine you walk downstairs in the morning with pajamas and messy hair, and the only way to get back to your bedroom is through the foyer, where an unexpected guest has just arrived. You’d save yourself an awkward encounter if there was a little staircase like this connected to the kitchen; you could quickly run upstairs to make yourself presentable.

Via MRIS homes

Meet Me in the Middle

What better way to have the grandeur of a double staircase and the space-saving attributes of a traditional staircase at the same time? At the junction of these two staircases is an ascending staircase, and a descending staircase is positioned below. For a multi-floor home, this solution is so chic and smart!

Via Morgante Wilson Architects

Never Too Tiny for Two

If you’re thinking to yourself, there’s no way a double staircase could ever fit in my home, think again. If this tiny home can incorporate a cute little double-sided staircase, your home can accommodate one, too!

Via Tiny Heirloom

Take a Look Outside

Double staircases don’t have to stay indoors—and they don’t have to be twins, either! Simple concrete steps complement rather than compete with the beauty of the iron spiral staircase leading to the second story.

Via The Iron Shop

So go ahead, add a double staircase and have your movie star moment!


Awkward spaces can often result in dead space, or worse, clutter collections (I see you, stacks of paper and dirty clothes). Instead of letting valuable real estate go to waste, take control. Start by looking at an obvious offender: the space beneath your stairs. Take cues from these incredible homes and transform this area into a space at which you can’t stop staring.

Making Your Space Work

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a spare room for your home office, it can be quite difficult to find a work space that flows with your home’s layout. The space under your stairs just might be the perfect solution! Because the area is sectioned off, you’ll have a set space to tackle your to-do list.

Via Neville Johnson

Raising the Bar (Wine Not?)

Whether you prefer a personal wet bar or your own wine cellar, both look amazing under a staircase.

Via Cortney Bishop

Via Brandon Architects

Reading and Relaxation

Curling up with a good book and a cup of hot tea has to be one of most relaxing things ever, and it’s essential to have a go-to place to unwind.  I often end up taking a quick cat nap as well, and I love the idea of the space beneath a staircase fulfilling that role!

Via JWT Associates

Room to Play and Grow

I love that this little nook is perfect for kids to play in when they’re little, but it would also be so easy to update when they’re older! Add a few pillows and a soft throw blanket, and you’ve transformed the space into a cozy getaway that kids of any age will love.

Via CplusC

This is another functional stair space I absolutely love. Right now it’s a playroom, but it could just as easily be a cozy family room or a lovely living area.

Via Lay Baby Lay

And (of course) … Storage!

This space is commonly used for storage, but that doesn’t mean your storage has to be standard stacked boxes coated in dust. This tiny home totally gets it right with smart storage options that keep essentials organized. Plus, the little space to tuck in a few novels is a beautiful detail.

Via Wind River Tiny Homes

There are so many innovative ways to make the space beneath your stairs incredible. Take a look under your staircase, and if you’re not impressed, don’t be afraid to change things up!


A stunning floor plan is often all it takes to make guests impressed with your home. Big windows, architectural details, fireplaces, hardwood floors, you know the appeal of those features. Have you ever thought of adding your stairs to the list of focal pieces? Check out how these bloggers did just that!

1. Ombre Steps

Kara’s design eye saw a potential work of art while looking at her bare and basic steps. Choosing a favorite shade of teal paint, she got to work painting the first stair riser. Adding just a bit of white paint –and a bit more each time — to each riser. She has the full tutorial over at her blog, A Kailo Chic Life.

Image Via: A Kailo Chic Life

2. Before, Whoops, and After

There’s nothing better than an honest blogger. Ashley Phipps and her husband had a few mishaps while remodeling their staircase; think three-five attempts at staining and sanding. Her six-part tutorial on the carpet-to-hardwood process is funny, detailed, and totally honest.

Image Via: Simply Designing

3. Remodeled “Runner”

An old and trodden staircase got a heck-of-a facelift. The Heathered Nest creator, Heather sets her husband, her kids, and herself on a mission to refinish the stairs. The DIY painted runner crosses the landing perfectly and continues to the bottom floor of their home. See how she did it here!

INCREDIBLE stair makeover with PAINT! SO much cheaper than stain or new stairs!! Great painted stairs DIY tutorial. If you can hold a paintbrush, you can easily learn how to paint stairs!! from www.heatherednest.com

Image Via: The Heathered Nest

4. Baluster Beauty

Boring wood becomes beautiful metal in Kelly’s home. The View Along the Way creator shows us how to (and not to) install intricate iron balusters in place of basic wood. She has a separate post in the article about how to stain the railings, and the final product is to die for!

Image Via: View Along the Way

5. Vintage Inspired Risers

Your grandmother’s (or great-grandmother’s) stairs might still look like this. That means she’s in luck, because textured wallpaper stair risers are on trend right now. Amassing Cents blogger Kristen knows this well. Her home’s stairway — 20 hours and $30 later — has a special extra detail that’s not too bold, and definitely not bland.

Image Via: Amassing Cents

6. Tear Down, Build Up

Once a boring half wall in her home, blogger Diana was determined to bring more interest to her staircase. After adding trim and a newel post, she still wasn’t satisfied. The ultimate satisfaction came from tearing down the wall completely, and putting in her own balusters and railing. The space finally felt more open and far more interesting.

Image Via: Vintage Home Love

7. DIY Stairwell Sophistication

Kate’s outdated and plain blond oak staircase wasn’t sitting well with her. Finding inspiration from other bloggers and in old classic movies, she came up with a far more sophisticated look. On her blog, Centsational Girl, she covers how the railings were stained, how the wainscoting was put up, how the carpets were removed and how new trim and tread was installed. Happy reading!

Image Via: Centsational Girl

8. No Wasted Space

Without a storage room under his stairs, Michael did the next, most logical thing with that empty space: give his dog, Kenji, his own room. The attractive alternative to kenneling your dogs while you’re away, Kenji’s under-the-stairs doghouse has LED lighting, a comfy bed, plenty of room for toys, and a camera for Michael to check in with. See how he did it here!

Image Via: Lost at E Minor

No matter your stair situation, there’s something you can do to make them more interesting. Step by step, make your staircase the highlight of your home. Do you have other great ideas for your stairs? Let me know about them!

Until then,

~Bri

 


Have you been considering a remodeling project but aren’t sure how to upgrade your room? To class up any room, just add a built-in unit. Unsure about the process? These 8 bloggers have you covered! Check out this compilation of built-ins for every room in the house and details on how to get the job done.

1. Front Room Built-In Bookcase

In need of a makeover for her out-of-date 2008 design, Stephanie used the odd shape of the room off her home’s entryway to her advantage. This DIY built-in bookcase was created by cutting and melding stock IKEA shelves. Give guests a great first impression by following Stephanie’s design process for her built-in, and be sure to check out the full makeover at her blog, Studio 36 Interiors.

Image Via: Studio 36 Interiors

2. Kitchenette Storage Banquette Seat

You can never have enough storage, and — thanks to Kristi of Addicted to Decorating — now you can have more in your kitchenette. The best news? This DIY built-in storage bench is easy to build. At least that’s what Kristi says. See if she’s right, here!

Image Via: Addicted 2 Decorating

3. Office Desk Built-In

Laura and Dana configured this easy DIY built-in desk for their farmhouse office space. Though it may look complicated, the husband-and-wife team say it’s simply the outcome of building a few basic boxes, using a couple stock cabinets, and topping it with plywood. A little more than that goes into the project, and you can see for yourself at their blog Finding Home Farms.

Image Via: Finding Home Farms

4. Living Room Built-in

This built-in unit started as nothing more than a fireplace on a jutted partial wall. Nate and Michelle worked together to create a seamless shelving unit for their living room, complete with a classic molding. See how they did it – and find more cute pictures of their dog, Ike — over at their blog, Decor and the Dog.

Image Via: Decor and the Dog

5. Kids’ Room Bunk Bed Built-In

This blogger and mom of five opted for the logical approach to housing all her children. Extreme bunk beds. She really does go all out. Not only are the beds and stairs built-in, she went as far as giving each bed its own built-in shelving. Head over to the August Fields blog page and see this awesome process in four parts. Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Image Via: August Fields

6. Bathroom Storage Built-In

Ever have a bathroom with no storage? So did Angela — the creator of Unexpected Elegance — until she DIYed her own built-in solution. A “seriously easy” project, she claims, though you will need a space of wall between studs and a tool that can easily cut into drywall. You can find her tutorial on this diy built-in bathroom shelving at her blog.

Image Via: Unexpected Elegance

7. Bedroom Bookshelf Built-In

Take your reading nook to the next level. Try a built-in bedroom bookshelf headboard (say that ten times, fast). Our Humble Abode creator Amanda and husband Bed converted a dimly lit, dark wood room to an inviting, cozy space. They brought new life to an old bookshelf and look good doing it.

Image Via: Our Humble Abode

8. DIY Built-In Closet

Sawdust Girl Sandra admits that this project isn’t for the inexperienced, but she has a lot of tips to help you along the way, just in case. In her guide to plan and design a built-in closet, she’ll walk you through how to assess your closeting needs, measure a room, create a plan, and execute a design. You’ll have a beautiful DIY master closet in no-time!

Image Via: Sawdust Girl

As you prepare for your next remodel, keep these built-in ideas in mind, or even take a stab at executing one of them. You may be surprised in what you can accomplish. Show me your projects when they’re done!

Until next time,

~Bri


Are you a fan of painted trim? In my own home, I lean towards a crisp white finish on our baseboards and crown molding. But I’ve been pinning loads of images lately of woodwork and I have to say, colorful trim is definitely growing on me. I stumbled on photographer Gray Malin‘s studio tour the other day, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of that navy trim. Against the cool white walls, it’s so crisp and nautical. And in a perfect color pairing, they’ve accented the entire space with loads of coral accents (that border on the window treatments is divine!).

Gray Malin office

Gray Malin

So then I fell down the rabbit hole of researching painted trim. In my mind, it feels like a greater risk to invest in painted woodwork, but the more I think about it, I realize that it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. This is a style statement for the home owner who isn’t afraid to experiment.

If you’re wanting to go bold and chic, black trim reads modern, confident, and slightly masculine. White walls sharply contrast and show off every single angle to its best advantage. Fixtures in brass or shiny chrome can really pop in these interiors and provide the perfect “jewelry” to keep it from falling flat.

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The pistachio green built-in below adds unexpected whimsy to this banquette space. WIth the rest of the built-ins a calming white, it really allows this piece to be the star of the show.

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Mint window frames and doorways bring a certain vintage charm.

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In the “go big or go home” category are these two rooms that feature floor to ceiling monochromatic looks. Love navy? Then you’ll love this deliciously preppy living room. Every single surface is coated in color, from the crown moulding to the wainscoting.

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But if you’re feeling really bold, you’ll love this vibrant orange lacquered entryway. Chinoiserie fretwork, ceramic dogs, and a perfect curvy bench bring high glamour to the forefront.

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But that being said, if you’re not ready to take the leap into full-on tangerine, then maybe just in small doses, like in this boy’s bedroom below.

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Check out how this designer contrasted the two rooms next to each other below. The far room features white coffered ceilings and window frames agains the silvery blue walls. But the next room whimsically carries on the same theme, but in reverse. It’s subtle, chic, and serene.

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But maybe my favorite of all of these spaces is this bright and sunny yellow window. I imagine that even on a dreary winter day, your view would be framed with cheer, don’t you think?

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Are you ready to commit to painted trim? I think I’ll stick with white for now – at least until I can convince my husband to let me lacquer the entryway a gorgeous brilliant orange.


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