Monday, June 08, 2009

shelves of our house

shelves of our house by you.
Thank you to everyone who has entered my give away for the two address files (previous post). I've been sick the past several days, so I will be selecting the winners once I feel better - hopefully in the next day or two. 

I am sick at home today, Adelaide is off with her auntie who is here visiting us from Toronto, and our house is so quiet and still. I don't feel well enough to do much, but I thought that I'd take this opportunity to snap some photos of some of the shelving around our house and share them with you.

Our house is fairly small - about 1,100 sf. - and since I spend the vast majority of my time here it has become really important to me to have it set up and organised. This was a long time coming - I was never a neat or tidy person! But I learned pretty quick when I became a mama, that if I'm going to be spending a lot of time at home,  it's important to have a home that I feel good and want to be in. I truly would have lost my mind by now if I didn't! 

So long ago I set out on a mission to train (and force) myself and begin to get rid of clutter and have a place for everything to belong. I'm still slowly working on this - but being organised really makes all of the difference in the world.

The shelves in our living room which hold several items, but mostly books, magazines, and my vintage world globes, which I've collected for years. We had two large Ikea Expedit shelves and made them into an "L" shape with one sticking out from the wall, to make a nice reading and movie watching spot, filled with lots of blankets and pillows. This is probably one of the coziest spots in our house, and I have visions of lots of board game playing happening here when Addie gets a bit older.

shelves of our house by you.

Here is a bit of the shelf that sticks out from the wall, where I keep most of my paperback novels. I have always loved to read and I keep a look out for goodbooks at thrift shops and used book shops. Although I try to pass on many of the books I've read, I can't bear to be rid of them all. I think they look so nice all together, even on the backside of the shelf. I also hope that by having a lot of books around, Adelaide will learn to love books, too. So far, this is working well!

Beyond this shelf you can see a little into the dining area of our house (which is mostly a play area for Addie), and the front entranceway to our house.

shelves of our house by you.

Here is Adelaide's play shelf and area. I was inspired by the shelves in this photograph, and it reminded me of and that it would work perfectly in our house as well. This solution works perfectly to utilize a space that normally wouldn't be that functional. It creates a low, convenient storage space for Adelaide's toys and books without taking up a lot of room. (and gives our kitties a great place to sit and look out the window) 

To make it, Charles and I went to Ikea with our window measurements and checked out every possible shelf that might work. We finally found this ODDA cabinet which was the perfect size, and simply modified it by removing the back and front sliding doors. (Although I also thought it would be fantastic to cover the back red piece with some lovely vintage wallpaper or fabric, too). 

I also picked up a simple white rug at Ikea as well, for Adelaide's "play rug". She loves her play rug and I've found that it is a nice way to encourage her to keep her toys in one spot rather than all over.

shelves of our house by you.

Here is the girls' closet, which was formerly my sewing closet before we switched rooms all around. Adelaide and I share this closet together which I found works great as we mostly get dressed at the same time. After moving the rooms, I was unsure what to do about this closet, as the top shelves took over the area where the rod would normally hang, but I decided to keep them in place and simply add a rod beneath them. This has worked out well as Adelaide can almost reach her own clothes and will soon be able to take care of selecting and hanging up her own items of clothing. 

Because this room is tiny and only has room for one small dresser which is Adelaide's, I bought the white baskets which fit the white shelves well, and they are filled with my socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. The other wicker baskets are filled with itmes like old photographs, Adelaide's lotions and potions, and  a "sick" basket filled with thermometers, cough drops, etc, which is so handy to have ready all in one place.

shelves of our house by you.

Finally, here is my computer desk space in the closets which were formally our master bedroom. Once again I decided to make the closet into another place to work, and removed all of the bi-fold doors and standard clothes racks and rails. I hung up some vintage wallpaper to the back wall by simply thumb tacking it up - you can't notice, and I didn't have to deal with glues and rollers! My dad then helped me to hang the white Ikea shelves for storage, and I measured the space and at a hardware store had them cut me a desktop to size. I used some Ikea table legs to form the desk, and covered it with some heavy kraft paper which can easily be replaced when it gets mucky. This is the perfect spot for my computer to be!

The other side of the closet is filled with more work supplies which I don't use as often, and also acts as a linen closet, with blankets, towels, sheets and laundry soap, etc. Because of this I decided to hang a inexpensive bamboo blind which I can open up easily when it needs to be, but cuts the visual clutter nicely when down.

It is funny to me, the things that I do not notice until they are captured in a photograph - such as Jack's little white mouse in the bottom right hand corner, which I guess that he tossed up on the desk while I was taking these photographs: Come on, play with me, mom!

52 comments:

Jennifer said...

The bamboo blind, the L-shaped shelves, and the tidy clothes closet are all inspirations for me! Thanks for sharing these.

Thrifted Treasure said...

Lovely images, I have serious globe envy after seeing your collection. I'm also in awe of how tidy your place is!!!

Rose said...

What a beautiful home!

I love the "play rug" idea. My kids spread their toys ALL OVER the house. Might have to use that one.

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

So sorry that you're under the weather, but it's good that you can listen to your body and slow down when you need to. Sending bright thoughts your way - katrina

Christine--RHP said...

Feel better soon!
everything looks lovely-and so tidy!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Your home is absolutely lovely....I love the soft colors you have everywhere and the artwork you have chosen. Beautiful, personal and organized! Warm and cosy....Thanks for sharing!
xo
Melissa

Jeannie said...

Ohhh, this is all so lovely. What an inviting, serene, beautiful space you have created for yourself and your family. Thank you for sharing ... hope you feel better soon!

Nikki said...

your house looks really cozy. I'm really glad to see that Adelaide has lots of awesome toys from Plan Toy--that's my favorite toy company ever, hands down!

modern eve said...

i love love love your globe collection! i need to start collecting!

Colleen said...

I want to live at your house. I always admire it. Sigh.

joanna said...

you are so organised! i wish i could be like that!! ^^

Polly R said...

Your house is gorgeous. I love the first shelves and Addie's shelves. Your wall colouring is perfect too... just what I am looking for. What is the paint colour may I ask? xxx

Anna said...

It looks lovely and organised and peaceful. You've inspired me to go and clean up my house!

Sandrine Deleuze said...

Oh wow ! you house is sooooooo clean and I'm impressed how everything is well aranged ! my home is a mess ! yours is soooooooooooo beautiful ! I wish I could have your courgae to keep it like that all the time !

Fancy Elastic said...

Beautiful Beautiful.

JJB said...

i love the color scheme in your house. so fresh!

Cassandra said...

Sharilyn, I will be sure to send up some of my sunny weather from Florida to help you get feeling better! Thank You SO much for posting the photos of your home! They are so inspiring! I can't wait to show my husband, he loved the shots of your studio and I know he will love the rest of your fantastic ideas! Looks like I will be in for some home renovations and a run trip to ikea! Thank You!

Katmac said...

I love the low play shelves. So nice for little ones!

Pamela said...

Your storage is inspiring!! I really need to be more organized. I love Ikea and have used their storage products in my quilting room. Thanks, I am going to do better.

Tracey said...

I Hope you are feeling better soon. I am also very jealous of your organisational skills. well done!

awesomeasaone said...

Your space is incredibly inspiring. We, too, have a small home -- I only wish the little corners looked as good as yours do!

dawn quast said...

looks amazing, I am still in shock that Charles goes to IKEA... I have to drag Ben there and once where there he just goes upstairs and drinks cheap beers.
Love Dawn
P.S Apple Cider Vingear one cap full in water in the morning. Keeps us feeling great.

cb+j said...

I love your cozy living room. I too have an Expedit Shelf that looks much like yours - I thought I was the only person that grouped matching book binding colors together...

RosaMaría said...

hope you be well... and what a fantastic shelves!!! your home is so beautiful! i love read your blog (a little becose my bad english) and see those pictures!

wendy said...

thanks so much for sharing these photos of you house sharilyn! they're absolutely beautiful and so inspiring. i especially love the reading corner! my house is small too, and i hope one day it'll be as nicely organized and lovely as yours!

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

I love this! Scarily enough, I have similarly blue hued walls and a white Expedit in my new living area, which divides my craftiness from the rest of the living room. I swear I'm not stalking you. We have our globe collection in the non-working fireplace, but I love how they look atop the Expedit... I think the bird would try to nibble them too much up there, though (it's his favorite hang out spot when he's not in his cage).

Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to finish unpacking and organizing!

Anonymous said...

so beautiful, cozy and peaceful, yet fully lived in! how i wish i could become more of a homebody and finally get my apartment in order (especially since baby #2) is on the way! but working full time and then chasing after a toddler = no time and energy for organizing? *sigh* maybe during my maternity leave? haha.

Rachelle said...

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Pixiepurls said...

the under the window shelves are genius, I have the same setup in my master bedroom and 2 girls rooms and this would be a great way for me to do something with that space!

lillie said...

love these peeks at your home--especially your cozy reading/movie spot. hope you are feeling better soon!

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Anonymous said...

Every corner of your home is so inspiring to me!
Thank you for sharing so often, Sharilyn!

I hope you are feeling well soon!

anni

TrippleJN said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you feel better soon.

One of my major goals is to find a calm way to live in our house and enjoy it every day. Your pictures really help. I'm mostly at home and I need to constantly remind myself that I'm worth the effort of finding a better way to live.

I love that play shelf by the big window, and the cut desk top idea for your computer. We just put a play rug in our basement and it's true...toys tend to stay within the borders!

Jenny

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing the sweet and fresh photos.

I just got my file and my kids couldn't believe that I have been wanting one for like 10 years or so -- longer than they've been -- it makes me so immensely happy, THANK YOU! I love it.

Catherine C.

LobotoME said...

what a lovely home! J :)

You Are My Fave said...

I love the color of blue seen throughout your entire house. It's just perfect. And don't get me started about your globe collection. That's my dream.

seesaw designs said...

Love the white shelves/storage on the colored walls

Geninne said...

Hope you are feeling much, much better today :) I l.o.v.e your home, you've done such a gorgeous job!

patricia said...

You have such a lovely home. I just posted about all the purging I've been doing around here lately. It feels so good!

paula said...

You have such a beautiful home. Looks so fresh and lovely.

Anonymous said...

I've been loving the color of your walls for a long time. Is it the same color in the front room and in the bedroom? And can you tell me what paint it is?

TIA!

Tiffany said...

i love all your shelving - i long for mine to look similar one day!

liz said...

how in the world do you keep little one from climbing on the shelves? just yesterday my husband and i hung three shelves and wouldn't you know our 3 year old girl wanted something off the top shelf (i think i had place maybe two things on the shelves altogether) and she started clambering up the wall to get it - she only got far enought to pull the first shelf off of the wall. affectionately - we call her our monkey ;-) we left the bottom shelf off the wall, fixed the three large holes that were created, and made sure the next two up were well out of her reach!!!!

katie@weheartbooks.com said...

I loved reading this post - so many great decorating and organising hints! You have made some Ikea purchases look so personal and unique!

elizabeth said...

I too would love to know the paint color. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

Fiona @ Feebeez said...

You have a beautiful home. I really enjoyed looking at and reading about how you organise things. You have some great ideas.

Hope you are feeling better.

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Thank you everyone, for visiting me and for your comments, they are so very lovely to receive!

Our house is not always perfect, but I have found that the best ways to keep our place nice and tidy, and quick and easy to clean up are 1) cut clutter 2) everything has a place to belong. It took me years to do these things, and am still working on it, but I can't believe the difference it has made in our lives!

The paint colours are actually all different blues via Benjamin Moore. The living room is Gaussian Blue, the workroom is Yarmouth Blue, and the bedroom is a custom colour I had made up, and you are welcome to use. It is: Benjamin Moore ECCspec Pastel Base 223-1B
OY ox 4.0000
BK Ox 9.0000
TG Ox 12.7500

Nikki: I know, I LOVE plan toys, too! I acutally buy them mostly for me, but I let Addie play sometimes too.

Dawn Quast, oh my god thank you for that. Bonus Points for Charles. Although, I'm sure part of the reason he will go to ikea with me is the cheap hotdogs. But we only will go on weeknights - Weekends are too crazy!

Liz - whoa! I've never had a problem (YET with Addie climbing up on the shelves. Knock on wood. She does, however, like to stand up on the "play" shelf and look out the window. Thank goodness my dad put it up so it can take some great weight!

Lisa R. Lewis said...

Can I bother you and ask where you purchased the orange bird print poster on your wall? I love it.

Lovely room, simply lovely.

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Lisa R. Lewis: Thanks! The print is made by illustrator Wayne Pate, you can purchase it and his other prints from his online shop at www.goodshapedesign.com

MamaAngel said...

What an inspiration! I love the colors in your home and the way you've used different elements to organize.

.caroline armelle. said...

love love love your house!

quick question.. or two..

what ikea shelf did you use under your window for toys?

and.

where did you get the white hanging light about your table?

love to know.

great job on the house!

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