Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm Hooked on Built-Ins!

My next home will have built-in bookcases. There said it, can't take it back. It's now a fact, not just a dream.

There's just something so elegant and classic about a little feature that really can't be all that expensive...it's just an added step, which frankly is why most condo builders just don't even bother with - don't get me started on my condo right now. This week, my car was towed from right out in front, so I'm not speaking to my HOA for a while...I'm so defiant.

But back to built-ins...

I'd probably buy this house immediately without looking at any other rooms based on the fireplace and built-ins in the living room. Okay, not really, but I do LOVE this look. (PS-can you taste the bungalow flavor???)

And please, a built-in in a niche...this space was MADE for a built-in!!! I'd paint the wall in the upper portion a bold color, then hang an art piece there. GORGEOUS.

My friend Nathan, over at Laurel Street, has some killer built-ins in his NOLA home...I want to go visit him, then become a squatter...hey, squatters have rights, too, ya know!

And HGTV is KILLIN' me here with this kitchen built-in for cook books...so simple, yet so GENIUS!

Just found Kelly's blog and I love her built-ins and her whimsical accessories! The yellow and green paint really make this room!

From Traditional Home (via Material Girls) - I love how classy and understated these bookcases are...it gives this living room the look of a library. So divine...sigh.

And speaking of libraries, I saw this BEAUTY on Better Homes & Gardens website...I'm in LOVE!

BH&G also featured this bistro-style kitchen makeover. Isn't it awesome? I love how the function and form blend so nicely!!! I'm not a huge fan of yellow, but I could totally live here if I HAD to...(smirk!)

I'm sharing this over at Hooked on Houses...it's a fun weekly blog carnival that you should absolutely check out!!!



14 comments:

Averill said...

Completely agree! Built-ins add such a luxurious and custom touch to a home. Really gives a home character, too. Of course, you can have them done yourself, but they are $$....

Angry Julie Monday said...

I love built-ins too. You will have to see our office built-in. It's fabulous. Although I'm currently sitting at the kitchen table using my MacBook, go figure.

Beks said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE built-ins, I'm trying to talk Brett into them right now!

Mrs. Petrie said...

We had awesome built-ins at our last house and I so miss them! It's so nice that they don't take up additional floor space and of course they match with your house!

Liz@Violet Posy said...

I love them, they should have them in every house. Just so ideal for storage.

laurelstreet said...

LOL - come squat anytime! JazzFest is starting up in New Orleans this weekend you know!

P.S. That BH&G library is a miracle! Loving it!

Terry said...

Well, you can't take them with you and there is no limit on what you can spend on built-ins. But, that said, there is probably a perfect place in any house for them. Relatively simple built-ins won't overdetermine how you decorate.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

That library! Divine.

Rue said...

Great post! That last photo? I could crawl right through my computer screen and be very happy there :)

rue

DesignTies said...

You've got me hooked on built-ins now too!! :-)

You posted some great pics. I LOVE the built-ins with the green & yellow paint. The big black ampersand is too cool!! :-)

Hope you get your built-ins one day soon :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am so with you. Just hand me the wood, a little paint and perhaps a cute handyman. Love it.

Living With Lindsay said...

Lovin' the built ins! I don't have any, either. Sniff, sniff!

Jenny said...

I love built-ins too! There are several spots in my house that could benefit from them.

Controlling My Chaos said...

I agree with you on built-ins. We had some in our last place and it was so hard to leave them. I really miss that storage/display space.