Today, I want to share with you how we created a library in our living room. In late July, we made the final push to finish the home office makeover. My parents and bestie S were really the guiding force behind that project because had it not been for them, we probably wouldn’t have finished it in the record time we did. They were amazing!
As you guys know, sometimes, you can start on one project and it can sort of domino into another and then another which is exactly what happened to us. We originally started out just wanting to get the office makeover completed but in order to do that we had to move the media cabinet that was being used in the living room to the home office to hold electronics.
While it solved a big problem for us in the office, moving the media cabinet left a gap in the living room between the two bookcases that were already there. To be perfectly, honest, I’ve been wanting to change things in the living room for a while now. It was just starting to look a little too cluttered…
See what I mean? Not horrible just not our taste anymore. This year, we’ve really been putting an emphasis on how we use the spaces in our home. We’ve literally gone from room to room asking these simple questions:
- Is the space fully functional?
- Does it meet our current needs?
- Does it fit our style?
- What can we do to tweak things and make it better?
After these questions have been asked and answered, we get together a plan of action. In the case of the living room, we decided we would trial transitioning the living room into more of a library which fits our lifestyle better since it provides a place to read, play games, and relax without having the distraction of the tv.
Given we already had two bookcases in the living room, we were off to a great start. But we still weren’t sure how we were going to fill the big space left by the media cabinet until we spotted this display cabinet.
It took a little convincing we could pull it off, I mean, it is a display cabinet after all, not a bookcase. But since this set up is technically just a trial, I convinced Team Goat we should try it and I’m so excited we did. Once the bookcases and the display cabinet were in place, I convinced my mom to help me style it all.
Most of the accessories you see here, we already had on hand.
We did have to line the back of the display case with black paper because the reflection from the cabinet’s mirrored back made the items on the shelves appear as doubled.
We also covered books we already owned in brown craft paper to help keep the covers consistent. It took a little while but it was definitely worth the effort.
Given we have tarnished silver and
ironstone in other areas around the house, it seemed fitting to add those pieces to the library too.
After the shelves had been filled, we layered in bits of moss and other greenery.
Now that we haven’t had a tv in this area for about a month now we’re considering using a projector system so we’ll be able to enjoy cozy movie nights by the fire. I’ll let you know what we decide.
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.