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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!


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

 


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 | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

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,

~Bri

 


Rediscover the good old days of playing pirates, super spies, and damsels in distress. The imagination, motor-skills, and teamwork that’s developed when playing make-believe in a treehouse is really what childhood is all about. So go ahead. Reminisce with your long departed imaginary friends, and show your kids what having a tree-fort is all about — or maybe just build one for yourself.

1) Building How-To

Makendo, a contributor to Instructables, built (and rebuilt) this classic take on a treehouse for his children. His very detailed how-to guide will tell you everything you need to know about constructing a treehouse and what to do to maintain the structure once the trees have grown too much.

Image Via: Instructables

 2) Family Farm Treehouse

Ruth and husband Paul built an awesome treehouse for their five children. Making it up as she went along, Ruth’s take on tree fort structure is all about paying attention to and using the surrounding area. Her tutorial on her blog, Family Farm Experience, will show you all the details, down to decorating, how to hang a swing, and building a sandbox.

Image Via: Family Farm Experience

3) Simple and Sturdy

If you’re feeling over your head on the building side, you may want to try this simplistic version of a tree house. Kristen Duke shared her family’s backyard treehouse and how she and her husband constructed it. Rather than relying on the support of trees for construction, the Duke’s opted to build around a tree, using rocks and concrete to hold down the structure.

Image Via: Kristen Duke Photography

4) Tree Stump-House

Did you lose a tree to disease or storm and now have an ugly stump taking up a corner of your yard? Do what Alli did, and build a treehouse right on top! Hope over to her blog Made with Happy to see her design and the separate tutorials for the frame, floor, roof, and walls.

Image Via: Made with Happy

 5) Treehouse Fun (Or Exercise?)

The Wellness Mama, Katie, knows the importance of her children’s physical development. She invented an amazing treehouse for them to use for fun without realizing they were exercising. Added bonus? The structure is strong enough for adults to play too! Be sure to check out the video of the whole treehouse at the end of her blog.

How to Build a Treehouse for exercise and fun

Image Via: Wellness Mama

 6) Playhouses are Cool, Too!

Tiny trees or no trees at all in your yard? No problem. Your kids can get the same imaginative wonder out of a grounded fort. Vintage Revivals creator Mandi built this adorable outdoor hideaway with her husband, Courtney. Jump over to her blog and see how they designed, built, and decorated the backyard staple.

Image Via: Vintage Revivals

7) This One’s for You

Maybe you remember the simple pleasures of building forts and climbing trees; maybe you never had a clubhouse at all. It doesn’t mean you can’t have one now that you’re grown. Just ask these friends who built a lifesize tree house on an old campground — complete with electricity and two lofted bedrooms — in honor of a late parent. Childhood dreams coming true in adulthood!

Image Via: The Lettered Cottage

There is so much to think about when deciding whether or not to build a treehouse. Where would it go? How big can it be? Is my tree strong enough? All good questions — all good things to decide. One question you’ll never need to ask, though, is, “Will my kid like it?” Well, answer yourself this. Wouldn’t You?

Until next time,

~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


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