I’m doing a little work on our apartment, like buying all of H&M’s home decor. I’m also making some actual design changes to our office. I want to add some custom shelving on the wall between the office and the living room. I’m tired of the white console table we have there (which is actually a desk).
Image from Petra Bindel
We recently turned our dining room into a shared office, which gave the neighboring space a duel-purpose between the office and the living room. We currently have my old white desk there, playing the role of a console table, but I think shelving will look much better and accommodate both spaces better than a console does. Plus, I just want to get rid of that extra desk and get our books off the floor in the hallway.
I like this idea of stacked boxes above, especially the mixed natural wood and white finish. It’s also versatile enough to fit in any space and edit when we move, but it just doesn’t have the linear aesthetic that I want. Since our shelving will have a low profile, I think longer shelves would work better. To me, the boxes seem like a better idea for a vertical design.
Image from NY Times
I also just love a classic bookcase, stuffed with books and some home decor on top. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to include any cool framed art above because of a huge window on our wall, but maybe at our next place…
Not only will our new shelving serve the office and living room, but it will also be right near our front door, so I plan on keeping a table lamp and bowl for keys up there too. Although, technically, our official entryway features a vintage hope chest and a hang-all, which I love.
Image from Barefoot Styling
I really want open shelving, but I had to save this image because I love it. These Ikea cabinets are perfect for a studio, but since our shelving will need to accommodate a living room and entryway in addition to the office, I’ll stick with the open shelving concept. I think it works better for all the different roles it needs to fill.
One thing I love about this shelving above is that it’s large and white… So I’m excited that we’re getting our big, dark wood table worked on. We’re adding the two 18″ leaves that came with the table and hiring someone to turn it into a white table for us. (Apparently it’s not as easy as sanding it down and just painting because of the finish that’s already on it and the finish that we’ll want on top of the new white paint. I’m secretly thrilled to not have to take on this project.)
We’re hiring the same wood-work guy to do our custom shelving, which I have attempted to draw up…
I have a background in interior design, but I worked in the FF&E department, not the CAD department, so my drawings and math are far from perfect. What I’m trying to say is, please don’t take the time to do the math and find my errors. It’s not much of a challenge and you’ll only be wasting your time.
After looking around for inspiration, I keep coming back to the custom shelving in Victoria Smith’s San Francisco home. I love the combination of the naked wood with black sliding doors on the bottom. I also just like how open it is, the shelves aren’t too think or close together. Lastly, she included books, decor and art, but didn’t stuff the shelves full. The negative space in some places is nice.
However, our space is much different so I drew up something that I think will work well under our window and easily fit somewhere in our next home…
I’ve just sent my concept out for a quote so we’re far from finished, but I can’t wait!
Stay tuned for some sneak peaks along the way and the final project sometime in January….