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Mission Organization

January 14, 2010

When we moved from our rental with nearly 1800 square feet to the home that we now own with 1500 square feet, we weren’t too nervous about losing 300 square feet.  After all, we there are only two of us and one five pound dog to speak of.  How much room do we really need?  On top of that was the fact that the rental home had a formal living room that sometimes went weeks without seeing a human being.  So really, not a big deal.

Of course, anytime you move, you realize that there are certain things you didn’t think of.  In our case, that came in the form of the wall of bookshelves we no longer had.  In the rental home, we loved being able to keep all our books (and apparently, we are avid readers!) in a handy location, and loved that the extra shelves gave us room for displaying some knick-knacks and accessories.

We knew that we were going to have to come up with a solution, and the original solution involved building an attic in the garage.  We quickly realized that not only was it a massive undertaking, but also that the existing structure in the garage probably wouldn’t support it (thanks for the pointers, Dad…).  So, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that we were not going to have access to our books, and would keep them boxed in the garage until we found bookshelves that fit our budget and our taste.  And anybody that knows us knows that the two don’t usually fit.

So, when I spotted a couple of bookshelves while we were out one day that fit our criteria, we couldn’t get them out of the store fast enough.  Sure, there was some work required in putting them together, but unlike a lot of “assembly required” MDF furniture, this is actually real wood!  Shocking, I know!

My favorite part was that I finally perfected my skills with the electric drill–and lucky you get to look up my nose thanks to Chris’ amazing picture taking skills.

And while the shelves are a little bare until we get the books unpacked, they look fantastic on the wall in our family room.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    January 14, 2010 7:59 pm

    …again, gorgeous

    • January 14, 2010 8:12 pm

      Thanks, Momma! The top two shelves are glass, and then there are little lights (like the china hutch) that are just so cute!

  2. Jennifer permalink
    January 18, 2010 5:28 am

    Good find! They are very pretty. Bet they’re already pretty well filled up, too!

  3. Jen permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:35 am

    Love the shelves…they should be the perfect addition to that room! What a great find.

  4. Jen permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:16 am

    I know…there are some great things at Costco. I just bought a bed frame (for a new Queen size bed for the master) at Costco. What a deal…of course it was quite a surprise when I woke up the first morning after sleeping on the new bed to it being in the middle of the room. Apparently wheels (even when locked) and hardwood aren’t a pretty combination.

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