Delays, Bookshelves, and Cowhides

Wow – nicely, how disparate can you’re making a publish title Artie? Hmm – let me attempt!


Well, I got hit smack across the face with a terrible cold and have spent the last three days trying to get as much rest as possible so I get back to tackling the challenges projects at the apartment. I’m feeling much better today, so hopefully I’m on the upswing, and I’ll be able to get a lot done this weekend.


As I mentioned when I posted about upholstered walls, and the eventuality of my library/dining room, I am adding bookshelves to either side of the window to give the room some symmetry, architectural interest, and to give myself some much needed storage of my design books and trinkets. I have done several bookcase re-vamps over the years, and I figured that I would need to spend money, time, and energy making cheap sauder bookcases look more expensive. But then I stumbled upon a Craigslist ad for the PERFECT pair. They are the perfect width, perfect height, and they don’t require any assistance on my part, except for the creation of two missing shelves. (EASY/PEASY!)

Initially, I notion I’d paint the shelves inside the room black – but now that the room is usually completed inside the burlap, I think that having white bookshelves might simply be a higher idea. When I pick out them up and get them into the room tonight, I’ll have a higher concept of ways that’ll come collectively.

Here come some thought pix …

I actually want extra mild in the library/dining room, so lighting the bookshelves is an fantastic manner to bring that in, and jazz those dogs up. I’m no longer pretty positive although if sconces (first photo, or photograph/artwork lighting fixtures could be a better choice. Let’s hold searching:

Two of my favorite blogger/designer friends have library or library-like spaces in their homes. Mark D. Sikes, who writes a blog of the same name , has built in bookcases in his family room off of the kitchen.

In the first photo, (the room with its most recent d├ęcor) you can see there are sconces on the wall and on the front of the bookcases. In the second photo, you can see how much ambient light they add to the space.

In some other room of his stunning home in California, Mark continues his collection of design magazines that is I think happening 20 years.

Here he chose art lighting fixtures to cast mild down at the bookcases. And despite the fact that that is quite lovely and cute, I have to show you how this clearly looks now:

Right? I suggest – WOW! And Mark eliminated the lighting fixtures from the bookcases, too! I wonder why? I surprise if he has them in a field inside the storage? Hey, Mark! Wanna ship of them to NY? Just sayin’!

Next, Joni Webb, who writes the insanely popular Cote de Texas recently (well, sort of recently) made her one-time office into a home library for her massive collection of design books.

Joni did not move for lighting fixtures on her bookcases, either. Maybe she didn’t need them? The room seems like it receives a ton of light from the pocket lighting fixtures inside the ceiling. Hmm. Maybe she simply preferred the cleaner appearance?

On my very own bookcases, I cannot have sconces on the face of the case. There’s no area for them. So, I could ought to set up sconces at the side of the bookcases, like so:

Or opt for the artwork light, if you want to shine down onto the books and the front of the bookcase like so:

All the choices! Would you care to weigh in? Feel loose! Just depart a comment on this post – and provide your two cents! It cannot hurt!


Part of being unwell means lots of time in mattress – and I don’t know approximately you – but that gets uninteresting. Online buying, however, is typically not boring, so at 2:00am I offered a cowhide rug on eBay. I got a super deal on it … Loopy awesome deal! So, I’m not wondering that I’m going to sense too bad after I reduce it up.


Cut it up!

I am taking into account reupholstering the French ottomans that I have in my residing room currently inside the cowhide, and setting those within the library dining room in the front of every of the bookcases.

I imply truly, how adorable are the ones? Of direction, you in no way sincerely realize with eBay. I would possibly get the rug and decide that it’s better at the floor. Then the ottomans will just ought to get every other fabric. But right now – that is the plan.

So, there you have it. I’ve were given a ton of stuff on my plate, and with any luck a number of it will be completed this weekend, in time to have a few pics up on the weblog. I’ll update you Monday with the progress! Wish me good fortune!

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