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  1. I love the new bookcase! I am extraordinarily jealous of your proximity to an Ikea, let me tell you. I have a large bookcase that arches over my bed in my parents’ house that I am in the process of reorganizing. So far, I have books on a few shelves, but mostly trinkets, and memorabilia (there may or may not be an entire maroon and white shelf for my alma mater (Mississippi State) and my grandfather’s (Texas A&M). Apparently, I have an odds and ends weakness. One way I like to help fill up shelves though is using small (but interesting) picture frames. I think photos of family and friends helps personalize it, but with the right frames, it doesn’t make it any less decorative either. 🙂

  2. The shelves look wonderful!!!! And I am very sorry about your elephant 🙁

    Also- where did you get those curtains? They are EXACTLY what we want for our living room!!!!

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I made the curtains – I got the fabric online from Tonic Living!

  3. 1 – the bookcase looks awesome, and a perfect fit for that spot in the room!
    2 – I’m really sad about the elephant too. 🙁 Poor little dude.

  4. Looks great in that color – love that Ikea hack! Sorry about your elephant – hate when stuff like that happens!

  5. It’s perfect!! I love the row of colored books on the bottom. The whole thing is so bright and cheery and really works well there. The pictures look really nice too!

  6. Karen @sugarspicelivin says:

    LOVE!! I would so do this, but with a little one squirming around, I don’t think I should introduce more bookcases or glass. But that said. I am super jealous. I love what you did!

  7. Love the new space (but I want the mirror for me now). A couple chairs and small table behind the couch facing the window for coffee and reading maybe?

  8. So sorry about your elephant. Poor lil guy. I hope you can save him some how. I like the corner a lot now!

  9. Ummmmmmmm. Don’t be mad at me when I totally copy this, okay?

  10. OOOH! I’m so glad someone I know did this! I’ll definitely be hitting up my own Vittsjo with gold spray paint when we move! Yours looks AWESOME.

  11. Um… books? Our bookshelves are definitely filled with books.
    There’s a few photos in that post, but they’re in the background of just about every photo I take in my house, as we’ve got 5 big ones and a few smaller ones.

    I have to admit, I find a house without books a little empty and sad – glad to see a few down there at the bottom of the bookcase!

    1. Oh, we have a TON of books upstairs in our workout room in a different bookcase – I just don’t display them all!

  12. I love the shelf, and your styling too! We have an IKEA bookshelf that I tried to style, but it now has books double-stacked on almost every shelf, so it’s not the prettiest anymore.

  13. Sad day for the elephant! I love the improvement on the corner though. You guys did a great job with it

  14. The gold looks great. I especially love the book styling on the bottom, such pretty colors!

  15. I love it!! Also a little jealous of your styling skills! I think I need to buy more pretty books. The only ones I have are cheesy crime novel paperbacks and photography books (which tend to all be black, which is not super cute). Ah well.

    Also– YES. We have a super awkward large nook off to the side of the “man cave” which I don’t know if I’ve ever shown on my blog because there is nothing there but some rock band drums and some random stuff like boxes and white boards lol. It was intended to be a bar area, but my husband doesn’t drink so having the builder put a bar there seemed dumb. We hope eventually it might be a poker area? But poker tables are SO EXPENSIVE so for now it sits bare, sad, and empty.

  16. Awesome! I love how a simple addition can change the whole look of a sad corner. Great job! (P.S. Sorry about the elephant casualty!)