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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.


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,


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!

Sometimes you fall in love with a piece of furniture or artwork only to realize that it will just add more clutter to your home. Instead of choosing purposeless pieces, select items with secret storage or ones that can cleverly display everyday objects.

1. Side Table with Sweet Storage
Believe it or not, the storage secret to this midcentury side table comes in the form of a cake pan. Crazy, right?

Via Sugar & Cloth

2. Horses with Purpose

Animal decor has a natural appeal to me, but oftentimes those sculptural pieces just stand around and collect dust. That’s why I’m in love with the display this blogger found at the store Sugar Boo and Co. Rustic with a modern touch, these horses are super cute and provide a place to proudly display lots of pretty scarves.

Via In Honor of Design

3. Rustic Decor to Disguise Dirty Laundry

Whether you’re sorting clothes or quickly hiding your dirty laundry from last-minute guests, this piece of furniture is as stylish as it is useful. Add extra style to this sleek piece by displaying items on top that are simple, stylish, and minimal.

Via AnnaBaileying on Etsy

4. Dress Form To Transform Your Jewelry Collection

I’ve always loved the look of dress forms, but I hadn’t really considered their storage potential. However, after seeing the way this dress form prettily displays a collection of jewelry and brooches, I’m convinced!

Via The Decorologist

5. Branch Out

You can also create a beautiful jewelry display by using branches. I love the rustic, boho-chic vibes of this display.

Via Curiographer on Etsy

6. Show Off Your Shoes

Don’t let your cute heels hide in your closet! This simple grid is the perfect solution for creating a work of art out of your shoes. Bonus: It’ll also mean extra closet space.

Via burkatron.

 7. Kitchen Shelves: Saving Space & Making Major Impact

If your pantry is anything like mine, it’s usually a question of how to contain the mess not create a work of art. However, that might change after seeing this clever display! Dry goods are displayed in neat rows of glass jars, which are perfectly complemented by a series of botanical prints.

8. The Art of Coffee

Coffee mugs + cute DIY house-shaped shelf = practical and pretty decor. Extra cupboard space and easy access to my favorite mugs? Yes, please.

Via A Beautiful Mess

Decor doesn’t always have to be functional, but it’s all the better when it is! When selecting pieces for your home, consider new ways that you can store more with your decor.

Whether you have more tats than you can count or you’ve never been inked at all, tattooed walls are a trend that I’d recommend to anyone. From subtle and elegant to spectacular and over-the-top, tattooed walls are an incredible and original accent to your home. And thankfully, these tattoos don’t require any needles: just a paint pen and creativity.

Tattoos You (Yes, You) Can Totally Do

Are you thinking that even your best stick figure drawings have no place on the wall? Don’t worry, there are simple designs you can easily create. Try using a stencil for less stress and a wall that will still totally impress all your guests.

Isn’t this scalloped wall incredible? The best part: the pattern is made using a steamer pot lid! Practical and pretty, this is a DIY that anyone can totally accomplish.

Via Classy Clutter

OK, so if you’ve read my last post, you know that lately I’ve been a little obsessed with hand lettering. Naturally, I’m totally drawn to this wall covered with beautiful writing. It adds a pretty texture, and there’s so many different words that could be written. What encouraging message would you want to wake up to?

Via A Beautiful Mess

Small Tats, Big Impact

You know what they say for your first ink: it’s best to start small. If tattooing an entire wall is a little intimidating, try taking this trend on a smaller scale. I love the way this gallery wall is incorporated!


Geometric Designs for Modern Hearts

This is the most gorgeous teenage boy’s room I’ve ever seen. The accent wall’s geometric and metallic design (and that edgy black ceiling) makes this room worthy of a rock star.

Via Two Thirty-Five Designs

Call for Artists

Are you in tune with your inner artist? If so, grab a paint pen and tackle that boring blank wall that’s been staring at you since you moved into your home. Large scale graphic florals are a major upgrade for this previously plain-Jane wall.

Via Cheryl Heap

Temporary Tattoos

Are you super excited about these looks, but aren’t quite ready to commit to lasting results? Vinyl is a fun way to replicate the look, and you’ll be able to change or remove the pattern anytime. Nowadays, there are actually some pretty awesome vinyl patterns that look surprisingly chic.

I love the minimal geometry of this vinyl wall decoration. It gives a three-dimensional look without taking up any extra space in the room.

Via WallumsWallDecals on Etsy

Polka dots are always a major YES in my book. These dots add the perfect amount of pattern to this wall.

Via Project Nursery

So go ahead. Let loose the little kid inside you that longs to draw all over the walls. Trust us, no one will be trying to scrub this ink off.


It’s that time of year again; School. The time for you, the kids, your spouse, maybe even the puppy to get to classes and activities on time — and keeping everyone’s schedule in order isn’t the simplest task. We’re here for you. We’ve compiled an awesome group of entry family command centers that will help you stay organized. Materially and mentally.

1. Family Command Center

This mom-turned-nursing student bargained her way to this lovely DIY command center. Discount and dollar store items helped the SweetAprils creator build a place for her and her husband to see where everyone was going to be each day. Not only that, she made it match by painting the frame, filing unit, and backpack hanger the same color as the inspirational board.

Image Via: SweetAprils

2. All the Essentials

Mom of two, Abby Lawson knew she’d need a new project to keep organized when her first child was starting kindergarten. She put together this cute and efficient command center right by her front door so she would remember all the little things. She curated a great list over at her blog, listing the essentials you’ll need for any command center. Anything you’ll need is just at an arm’s reach.

Command Center Sources |

Image Via: Just a Girl and Her Blog

3. Updated Family Command Center

Have a couple cork boards and a calendar near the front door? Does it look crazy cluttered? So did Shannon’s. She updated her outdated unorganized entry, and you can too! Check out the changes she made at her blog AKA Design. It will make life much easier on your way out the door.

family command center

Image Via: AKA Design

 4. Mission Control

Megan’s take on a family command center, is bright, bubbly, and oh is it organized! Right by the family entrance to the house, she created a series of DIY projects to make this drop zone for mail, keys, wallets, and more. The fun color scheme and pattern paper bring the look together as the center crosses two walls. Bonus: the happiness reminders are sure to put you in a good mood as you head out!

Image Via: The Homes I Have Made

5. Small Space Command Center

Lindsay needed more room than her kitchen counter provided. Bags, keys, and leashes don’t belong on the counter, anyway. But with no room in the entry for a table, she was limited in her drop zone space, until it occurred to her to use the wall space as a tiny command center. She purchased a series of metal items with clean lines that were easily hung on the entry wall, filled them with the counter clutter, and the rest is history!

Image Via: Crazy Organized

 6. Mudroom Command Center

This kid-capable command center is just what Megan was looking for! All the family members have a cubby for shoes — even the dog has his own spot for toys, leashes, and bones. There’s a spot for unsorted mail, files for the sorted variety, and of course a large chalkboard for calendars and activities. Megan also loves the adult- and kid-height coat hangers — check out her blog, Our Scribbled Walls, to see them!

Image Via: Our Scribbled Walls

The family command center is about staying organized and on schedule. When everything has its own place, it is so easy to get ready as you’re rushing out the door! What tricks do you use in your entry? Will you implement any of these in your home? Let me know what you think!

Until then,



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