Almost as long as we've owned this house, I've been talking about building a bookcase for the odd jut in my office. I've downloaded plans and had everything plotted out, but then the IKEA catalog showed up in my mailbox. While flipping through the pages, I discovered that two BILLY bookcases and a BENNO were the exact dimensions I needed for the space. The dreams of a Mellisa-made built-in became a thing of the past. Down to IKEA my Charles and I went yesterday. We picked up the pieces as well as two pairs of NINNI TRAD curtains, one pair for the bookcase edges and one for the sliding glass door. I got the idea from the latest issue of House Beautiful, and I love how the curtains soften the hard lines of the bookcases and feel feminine and flow-y -- plus they're polka dots, my kryptonite.
Total cost: BILLY, $49.99 x 2
NINNI TRAD, $19.99 x 2
tension rod, $7.99
= $187.94 + tax
Not too bad for a built-in look accomplished in an afternoon. I'm planning on buying some baskets for miscellaneous storage up on top of the bookcases and maybe trimming out the top and bottom to make it look truly built-in, and since the walls aren't perfectly square, these babies aren't going anywhere. They're wedged. I'm not totally finished styling the shelves, but I'm really pleased to have my favorite books out of boxes and back in my office where they belong.
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