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Besta, Billy, & Brass Bookcases

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Greetings all, thanks for the sweet words on the office upgrades from yesterday!  As promised, here’s more information on the library bookcase unit we put together with IKEA pieces – we added trim, hardware, and lights to customize it for my office.

I know the pink isn’t for everyone, but I was feeling the love this month but I may get a wild hair and paint the back something completely different soon – it happens, it’s just paint!  My point is the unit would look great with the back painted any color you love – or a stencil or wallpaper or fabric, the sky’s the limit!

ikea besta billy bookcase combo

 

We all know how expensive bookcases are from most retailers, and wall units like this add up quick to $1,000 or more but I didn’t want to pay that much for shelving.  We considered something more like the Billys to built ins project from 2011 but I wanted something that looked more like a freestanding three piece unit.

So I started hunting around on the IKEA website and I realized that some of the Besta pieces could be used and then I realized that three of their pieces added up to the same exact height as a 15” Billy bookcase, and an idea was born to combine them!

besta and billy

 

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Home Office Changes

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Hello!  Today I thought I’d share some changes I made to my office earlier this month.  I wanted to add some dark navy to the office and some raspberry pink too (I love that combo) so here’s a peek at some new window panels and a new rug I added.   The rug and panels that I bought and made last summer got moved to other spaces.  I replaced the rug with a navy and white trellis rug that I scored for 75% off on a Cyber Monday sale in December.

centsational girl office

 

The X-leg desk I bought marked down to $175 last year from a local furniture shop, but I found out you can also buy it here.   The desk chair is from Staples, and the white color is only for sale in stores but I saw it there last week so I know it’s still available.  The new window panels are one of my patterns I designed, it’s an edgy grid geometric print in navy and raspberry pink – it will be available in a few colorways soon. 

centsational girl office desk

 

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Home Goals: How Did We Do?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Every year in January I post our hopes for improvements around the house and earlier this year I posted our Home Goals for 2012.  Here’s the checklist on how far we got!

1)  Prettier powder room?  Check!  New beadboard wallpaper, darker paint for contrast, and a new mirror refreshed this space, full tour here.

kates powder bathroom

 

2)  Build a Bench.   Check!  I dreamed of a potting bench for years and Matt built us one this summer.  Woot!  All the snaps and the full how to here

diy redwood potting bench

 

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