How I Style A Bookshelf (Captured On Video In Fast Motion)

Ok, so this post was born from a random comment on Instagram a while back where someone asked if I had ever shared a video of myself styling a bookshelf on video so they could see my process and watch me shift things around… and I was like “would it be interesting/helpful if I recorded myself doing that and shared it?” And then so many people commented under that to basically say YES DO THAT. So I did. And here it is.

My friend Teresa recently added built-ins to her living room and asked if I’d mind coming over to style them. She knows my soul, and is well aware that’s basically my love language (tied with cheese and shrimp). And thanks to that IG request a while back, we brought the camera & tripod to capture it all. Speaking of her new built-ins, this is what the room looked like before with the Ikea bookcases they had from their last house.

And this is what they built with the help of her dad. These things are amazing! The bench seat under the window even folds up to reveal an extra compartment for stashing stuff, along with those two big base cabinets for concealed storage on each side.

Let the record state that there’s nothing wrong with Ikea bookcases, and they can look fantastic. We’ve had inexpensive freestanding Ikea bookshelves in our office for the last five years and love them. In Teresa’s case, she and her husband Andrew said they fit better in her old house – but ever since they moved six years ago they dreamed of someday adding built-ins along that wall. And it finally happened thanks to her extremely handy dad (John was literally wolf-whistling at the finished product). And then I got to swoop in and style them.

Much like nearly anything else you do, there’s a definite learning curve to tackling a bookcase. And I have a few specific (and very easy/free) things you can try that’ll help A TON. So you can hopefully skip over some of the mistakes I made for years and get to a finished result you love.

Oh and whenever we talk about bookcases there’s the inevitable question about what the ratio of books to other objects should be. It most likely will just depend on how many books you own and want to display in that area. That’s how we landed on the number of books on the built-ins in this video. Since they have other spots with books in their house, and that huge lower bench seat serves as additional book storage for the ones they didn’t want out, I just styled the shelves with the ones they wanted up there. It was that simple. Just do whatever you like – it’s your house.

Ok, but on to the video, which I truly think demonstrates so much more than words and even photos can:

Note: If you are viewing this post in a feed reader, you may need to click through to see the video player. You can also watch it here on YouTube.

We looked back at the timestamps, and the entire video took about 22 minutes to film, but I had spent around 10 minutes arranging things into stacks and groupings before we started filming (more on that in a second). So the full process took me about 32 minutes, but it could definitely take you longer if it’s your first or second try at loading up a bookcase. But the key thing to note is that I just kept trying things. Did you see how many items I put down and then moved around?! BASICALLY EVERYTHING. There is so much trial and error, so just try to stay flexible and switch things around until you step back & love what you see.

You’ll have to watch the video to see me demonstrating each tip that comes up on the screen (so definitely come back & watch that if you can’t now). But in addition to those tips – here are three more extra things I thought of after I recorded the video.

Initial Prep Makes Things A Lot Easier

Before ANYTHING goes on the bookcase(s), take out everything you want to put on them so you can see it all together on the floor en masse (like books, large vases, storage boxes and/or baskets, potted plants, picture frames, etc) and combine things to make LARGER GROUPINGS. For the books, put them into larger horizontal and vertical groupings. You can group them by color or subject or whatever you’d like (I often remember the color of a book better than the exact title or author, so I find them more easily when I group ’em by color – but do whatever works for you).

You might also have decorative boxes that you can stack to create a larger grouping. Or smaller objects that you can add to the tops of a few stacks of books that you’ve already made to add height and finish them off. You also might have similar objects that you can display together to make one larger grouping that reads as less busy (for example, a collection of 3 blue glass vases that you can group on top of a large horizontal stack of books).

This initial grouping step with everything laid out on the floor makes the entire process FAR EASIER. In the adjoining room to the bookshelves in this video, I did this exact thing on the floor. So that’s why I just breeze into frame with a stack of boxes all ready to plop down, or a whole grouping of books that are horizontally stacked together. Obviously large objects like vases and baskets, and smaller objects that you’ll pepper in later won’t necessarily have a grouping yet, but pairing up books and boxes and a few smaller things you’ll be displaying en masse is a huge help. Which brings us to my next extra tip…

Fewer Larger Items & Groupings Beat Lots Of Smaller Ones

This tip is born from a mistake I pretty much made constantly for years until it finally dawned on me… LARGER ITEMS AND GROUPINGS ALWAYS LOOK BETTER. Smaller vases sitting alone? Little picture frames not added to a stack of horizontal books or layered in front of a larger one? They look busy. They look piddly. They look lonely with so much space around them. The shelves just don’t look as grounded and balanced and complete when there are tons of little items everywhere.

Literally look at every gorgeous built-in you’ve ever seen and they’ll either have: 1) larger items everywhere (like zero small vases or little picture frames or tiny stacks of books anywhere) or 2) smaller items grouped with other things to appear larger and more unified so they don’t read as a bunch of tiny busy items (like stacked boxes that read as a grouping, small vases or frames placed on top of a horizontal stack of books that read as one unit, etc).

If you’re wondering why your bookcase looks off or busy or just don’t have the presence you’d like, my very first suggestion would be to remove or group smaller things to unify them and make them read as one larger “unit” to the eye when you step back – and to consider adding a few large scale items like a giant vase, a large basket for storage, or some larger book stacks. Sidenote: this also works for mantels, tabletops, open shelving, etc.

Also, This Can Be Gloriously Free!

Don’t forget to check wherever you have extra storage, (the attic, the garage, or even your kitchen cabinets) for large vases, plant pots, frames, and boxes. I often have to style shelves when I stage homes (more on that here and here) and I’m always scouring the house for anything I can use! I’ve totally stacked white shoeboxes and brought in pretty decorative bowls from the kitchen! In the words of Jay-Z, “I’m a hustler, baby. I just want you to know.”

Sometimes just 30 minutes spent using what you have around the house & trying a new arrangement or grouping can make you SO HAPPY. I did it a little while ago with our own living room built-ins and it still feels like a breath of fresh air whenever I walk in there. Talk about a free pick me up!

Can you tell that bookcases excite me? Anyway, I hope the video helped and that you have fun tweaking any shelves or bookcases you have at home. And if you want some other posts that have photos of built-ins or bookcases (or tips for making them), here’s one about building & filling our own living room built-ins, here’s another one where I share how I approach bookshelves when I’m staging a house, and here’s a podcast we did full of tips for anyone who wants a bookshelf full of books (without a lot of accessories in the mix).

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#142: Our Kitchen Is Grosser Than You Think

So it turns out there are some weird spots in the kitchen where germs go to party – so we’re learning more about that (and what you can do about it), as well as talking about why we gave up on those meal delivery kits and found a better solution for our family. We’re also talking about how shopping for your home can be fun, but it can also be frustrating and time-consuming. So we’re sharing our tips for how to streamline your hunt and pick things with confidence. Plus, you’ll hear how our backyard is finally winning the war against our hungry deer, and what new face thing Sherry is obsessed with now.  

You can download this episode from Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.

What’s New

  • We originally took a bunch of meal delivery kits for a spin in Episode #66. You can hear more about what we thought in that episode, but I think our general conclusion was that Hello Fresh was our favorite of the bunch – the recipes were good, not too complicated, and not too expensive.
  • We hadn’t tried Home Chef’s boxes at the time, but below is a peek at one of the a la carte, single box meals we picked up at the grocery store recently. Remember, none of these are sponsored, we buy them ourselves, just to see what we like (and what we don’t).
  • And you can hear about last year’s landscaping massacre in Episode #99 and how we were trying some weird/gross techniques to deter the deer from munching on our new landscaping any further. You can see below how they stripped off any new growth that was within their reach.
  • This is what those same bushes and trees are looking like now, after all of our faithful applications of Liquid Fence over the last year-ish (as discussed in Episode #105).
  • I know it’s kind of hard to see in pictures (it all just turns into a blob of green) but we’re extra relieved that our cherry tree and gingko tree not only survived, but came back even better than before.

What’s Not Game

Listener Question

  • When you feel like you’re burning hours and hours shopping for the “perfect” thing for your home (whether it’s a light fixture, sofa, table, basket, bathroom tile, etc) we ultimately think it’s worth it to hold out for something you truly love and not settle…
  • …buuuuut we also talked more in Episode #130 about how sometimes it’s helpful to buy a cheap placeholder to hold you over and give you more time while you keep your eyes peeled for the perfect solution (like the current secondhand coffee table in our living room).
  • In short: don’t settle for something meh or basic & hold out for “the one” that makes you feel super elated. But if you’ve looked for a while, and still can’t find it – a cheap secondhand option can help you hold out longer for the right thing to come along (so you don’t rush into buying something you’re only feeling warm about because you’re just tired of not having one at all). Note: you can usually resell that secondhand thing on Craigslist later – once you find your long-term favorite – so it doesn’t ultimately have to cost you much at all.
  • We also mentioned that we’ve been using the Google Shopping search function a lot more lately (it’s just the “Shopping” tab on the regular Google results page) because it helps us browse lots of sites at once – which saves us a lot of time versus searching something like “fabric shade pendant” on 10 individual home websites.
  • Like any Google search, it’s not perfect, but it does offer some helpful filters. Sites like Overstock and Wayfair are also good for searching a lot of options of something if you just plug in a keyword or two – they just won’t return results for other retailers like Pottery Barn, Target, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, etc…. which is where that Shopping tab comes in.

We’re Digging

  • Here’s a link to Highlights Magazine and Highlights High Five (the preschool version our son gets). They’re both a bit more than my random guesstimate of $12/year (more like $35 – oops!). But they still make a great gift, so much so that we got one for our 4-year-old nephew right after we recorded this episode!
  • Our kids are also really loving the specialty Hidden Pictures books, we have the Pet Puzzles one shown above, but there’s also Adventure Puzzles, Playtime Puzzles, and Barnyard Puzzles.
  • And that’s Sherry ice roller that she uses on days when her regular jade roller just isn’t enough (she says it’s for when she’s feeling extra puffy or didn’t sleep well). You literally store it in the freezer so the roller part is like a cold ice pack on yo’ face.

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.

And lastly, a big thank you to Agility Bed for sponsoring this episode. For Memorial Day you can get 15% off your ENTIRE ORDER. Just visit AgilityBed.com and enter your email address to unlock the discount. And after the 28th, you can still use the code YHL to get $200 off a hybrid mattress of any size.

Thanks for listening, guys!

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DIY ShowOff & Share

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Welcome DIY friends! It’s that time! Time to show off and share your hard work, creativity and DIY projects!  Link up below and/or browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY project. 

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The work continues on the #helloredreno project diary. #13 is all about a beautiful floral wallpaper mural inspired by Vase of Flowers by de Heem. It is stunning! Pop over and let me know what you think:

Mural Wallpaper

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I’m still working on the rest of the wall, ordering kitchen cabinets Monday, lining up a professional to reglaze the vintage clawfoot tub, looking at furniture, shopping for paint, pricing appliances, meeting with a granite fabricator…the list is extensive! Any advice? It’s full steam ahead with an ambitious deadline of July 1st. It’s not set in stone. Give or take. But hoping for the best! So stay tuned for LOTS of DIY, interior design, decorating and updates!

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Let’s get this party started! 

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Project Diary #13 – Floral Wallpaper Mural

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Woo hooo! Work on the #helloredreno series continues and is back with motivation to get the renovations completed by {hopefully} July 1st, 2019! That might be a tad ambitious but that’s the plan! This past week I installed a beautiful – stunning! – floral wallpaper mural! And you guys, I love the look of wallpaper. There are so many fun patterns/colors/designs – I could (and have) looked for days! But after lots of not-so-fun wallpaper removal in my past, I swore I’d never ever install wallpaper again. Well, the lasted all of a decade or two. I just couldn’t resist this. It’s just a small space, right? 

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I LOVE that I have creative freedom in this little slice of apartment oasis space to be bold and dramatic! Be still my heart. So many beautiful details and an inspired vision. The plan is for an airbnb rental but oh man, I want to live here. Think guests would mind? lol

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

• how it looked when I took ownership…

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

• good-bye blue carpet…

old floor with fireplace

• hello gorgeous hardwood floors…

Shaw Monterrey Grandview hardwood

• before (and still a work in progress)…

helloredreno before

• current photo…

diyshowoff wallpaper mural installation

(notice any other decorative changes?)

What’s new?

So, this isn’t a sponsored post. Just a review of what I purchased and a little overview on my installation experience. I ordered the wallpaper mural from MuralsWallpaper and the entire experience from start to finish was so easy that it’s something anyone can DIY! (Do you use “DIY” as a verb too?) 

vase of flowers de heem

This specific design is called Vase of Flowers by de Heem. This Vase of Flowers by de Heem Wallpaper Mural from 1645 is a beautiful design that will completely reinvent your interior with minimal effort, a wonderfully striking piece of classic art that will be sure to impress. This wallpaper will be particularly eye catching as dining room wallpaper, but the stylish floral design will work well in most rooms. It was love at first sight for me. 

The best part? It’s a custom! This mural was made to be the exact size of the wall space where I wanted to place it (with a little extra thank goodness, because old house = not square!). They send a mock up with quote for my approval BEFORE I paid for it. And because I wanted more of the colors on the left hand side, I responded with a request to ‘mirror image’ the design. No problem! The entire process was friendly, quick and easy. 

Ordering in three steps:

1) Select your image. Choose from the extensive collection of mural designs and photo wallpapers.

2) Specify your dimensions. Measure up your wall full height and width.

3) Produced and shipped within 3-5 days. For a custom order, it arrived quickly! Yay! 

wallpaper level utility knife

It comes in one continuous roll (with awesome packaging to ensure no damage) with printed instructions to use a straight edge and box-cutter/X-acto knife to split it up into pieces. My design size was divided up into 4 vertical pieces. 

mural wallpaper instructions

I originally was looking for a removable peel and stick type wallpaper and shopped EVERYWHERE so when I finally decided on this, I completely forgot and overlooked that I was looking for a self-sticking adhesive backing. But, this actually was a lot easier than I thought! 

What I did: 

I picked up a wallpaper paste and brush from the hardware store along with some other recommended tools: a seam roller and wallpaper smoother tool. Other tools: level and utility knife.  

wallpaper level utility knife

The installation probably took around 1- 1.5 hours. I unrolled the wallpaper on the floor, used a piece of cardboard underneath to protect the floor and using a straight edge, I cut along each dotted line to divide the roll up into 4 pieces. It has a nice durable thickness and the pieces were labeled.

cutting wallpaper

Next, I brushed the wallpaper paste onto the wall, picked up my piece and starting from the top left, smoothed the wallpaper down the wall over the wet paste. I used the smoother to remove air bubbles and to smooth the wallpaper into place. I had a wet rag on hand for cleaning up excess glue. So much easier than I anticipated. Hurray! The key is making sure that first piece is nice and level! 

installing wallpaper

There is no overlapping. Each piece butts up against the other, lining up the design. There is a little extra wallpaper to trim away on the top and bottom.  I used the seam roller on seams, wiped away any excess wallpaper paste. Top and bottom of the wallpaper was trimmed using a straight edge and X-acto knife where wallpaper meets trim.

diyshowoff mural

The last piece was a little trickier because it was wider and a lot of the right hand side had to be cut off. Again, I just used a straight edge and trimmed away the excess. 

Ta-da! The result: 

tada diyshowoff mural wallpaper

STUNNING! I am SO in love! It’s exactly what I wanted. Maybe even better!

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Photoshoot:

And makes for a beautiful photography backdrop, doesn’t it? lol I told you it was love at first sight! Seeing it ON my wall makes me so happy! The vision for this space is happening! 

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This specific print is so interesting too. Each time you have a relaxing seat and gaze at it’s loveliness, there’s something new to discover. An ant or butterfly, a spider. The photos don’t do it justice. 

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I can’t wait for the entire room reveal! Stay tuned!

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Share your thoughts! 

What do you think? Wallpaper fan? Not your thing? Not your style? Know what I mean when I say I sure loathe the removal? Willing to change your mind and take a risk when you fall in love with a print/pattern and it’s just want you and in mind for making a dramatic statement? I felt like this print was less trendy, the design is traditional. I absolutely love that it’s an art print mirror image. I can’t wait to design the rest of the room! 

Next up:

More details on the fireplace and finishing the feature wall!

More about #helloredreno

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a gorgeous Butler, PA Bed & Breakfast across the street called Suite Retreat (how cute is that?!) and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

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I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

The #helloredreno project diary:

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

Project Diary #12 – Christmas at the Studio

Project Diary #13 – Wallpaper Mural

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The Duplex Laundry Room / Mudrooms: Completed!

Ok, two more duplex rooms are finished and photographed! And these two involved some sweat equity. We built in some nice tall storage cabinets next to the stacked washer/dryers, and also added two hook rails per room (you can never have enough hooks at the beach!).

As a side note, the way that the kitchens connect and flow into each laundry room / mudroom is one of my favorite things in the entire house. From the bold statement tile backplashes and fun tiled mudroom floors to the painted pocket doors (we added those to make it possible to close off the sound of laundry if you’re cooking, dining, or watching TV) – it’s just an area that formerly had zero charm or character. So it feels nice to bring some back!

Hangin Towels Seen Through Kitchen Pocket Doors Into Mudroom
pinkwhite, and taupe floor tiles | similar shelf | hooks | towels | cabinets | backsplash | counters | hardware | door pulls | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW White Truffle

Here’s what the pocket doors look like closed. We went with solid wood doors, but added glass panes at the top so light would still pass into the kitchen through the side window in the mudroom (so it wouldn’t suddenly feel dark in the kitchen if you close the doors). We LOVE how they came out. These are called half-lite doors if that helps you find them. Ours are by Reeb. And these are the pulls we added to them. Affordable but so stately (they go with all of our other oil-rubbed bronze doorknobs throughout the house).

Pink Pocket Doors Between Duplex Kitchen And Mudroom

See what I mean about these spaces not having much character before? I mean except for that ceiling fan.

This used to be the view into the laundry room / mudroom, where someone added a very very cramped kitchen at some point (it used to be an open-air side porch, so we know it’s not where the original kitchen was located). These photos are all of the left side of the duplex, by the way, but we’ll get to the right side too.

Oh and see those black dots on the sheet vinyl floor in the before photo above? They’re roaches. They were everywhere when we bought the house because someone had set off a bunch of those roach fogger things before we toured it, so they were still sitting on the floors of a few of the rooms, along with all the belly-up roaches. But we were undeterred! Ha! Slightly grossed out, but honestly we have seen worse…

Anyway, here’s the view now, looking through that same wide doorway where we added the pocket doors and turned that space into a workhorse of a room – complete with a stacked washer / dryer, bonus “pantry” space thanks to the shelving system with baskets (they no longer sell that Ikea shelving system but here’s a similar one), and an entire mudroom portion to the right with tons of hooks, shoe baskets, a bench, etc.

Duplex Mudroom Pantry Storage Open Ikea Shelf Pink Herringbone Floor
pinkwhite, and taupe floor tiles | similar shelf | baskets | faux plant | pendant | hooks | towels | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW White Truffle

If you walk into the room all the way and place your back to the back door, this is what you see. Our stacked washer & dryer, and the storage cabinet that we built in next to it (it’s an Ikea Sektion cabinet). We had originally planned to install lower cabinets where the shelving system is below that window, so we never expected to have access to that lower cabinet next to the washer & dryer (since the cabinets would have terminated into that area).

Stacked Washer Dryer In Duplex Laundry Mudroom With Open Shelf
washer | dryer | laundry basket | pinkwhite, and taupe floor tiles | similar shelf | baskets | faux plant | pendant | hooks | towels | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW White Truffle

But the nice thing about this setup is that while our guests have access to the upper cabinet (where we’ve stocked laundry supplies, etc), we can use the lower shelf for paint and house supplies since it can only be accessed by moving the shelving system… which we anchored to the wall to avoid any tipping over issues with kids. So renters definitely won’t be going in there (no worries about kids somehow discovering our paint cans and repainting the duplex – ha!) but we can access it whenever we need stuff.

Also this floor slays me every time I walk in there. We laid each tile by hand and made the pattern ourselves, but it was totally worth it (more on that process here). Anyway, if you stand in the doorway with the pocket doors and turn to your right you see our jumbo hook rail, with 8 hooks on it (we love these hooks – so affordable and substantial!).

Hanging Towel Hook Storage In Duplex Mudroom With Herringbone Tile Floors
pinkwhite, and taupe floor tiles | similar shelf | baskets | faux plant | hooks | towels | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White

We debated some sort of built in bench with sides and shelves above it (kinda like this mudroom system) but it’s JUST SO NICE to keep things open and flexible like this. If you walk in with your arms full of bags or groceries or luggage, it doesn’t feel like you’re going to smash into things protruding from the wall. Back when it was a kitchen it felt really narrow due to all the built-in things along that side wall.

This is the view if you stand with your back to the washer/dryer. The secondhand diamond doors that we hunted down and used in here SLAY ME. I am so glad we held out for them and didn’t settle for anything else. The glass panes let in so much light and echo the original diamond paned windows in the front of the house (you can see those here) and they just feel meant to be on so many levels.

Pink Diamond Door In Mudroom With Herringbone Pink Tile Floor
pinkwhite, and taupe floor tiles | hooks | towels | faux fig | keypad lock | frame |walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW White Truffle

That door is also our the keyless entry door for renters (since the outdoor showers are out back, so lots of people will walk back there to put their beach chairs in the shed, shower off, and come in using their code). We bought this coded door lock and have loved it so far. Approximately 1,379 inspectors and subcontractors and various other people have used it without any issues.

And just when you thought 8 hooks was enough, I’m gonna tell you once again that, in the words of The Greatest Showman, IT’S NEVERRRRR ENOUGHHHHH. After spending the summer at the pink house we learned you can literally never have too many hooks, so we added four more along this alcove to the right of the back door for a grand total of 12 hooks. We also shoved a bench in there that’ll come in handy for sitting and putting on shoes, etc – and we even added two baskets to store shoes and stuff like that too.

Towel Hook Rail With Pink Diamond Door In Duplex Mudroom With Bench
pinkwhite, and taupe floor tiles | bench | baskets | hooks | towels | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW White Truffle

Ok, but now let’s switch over to the right side of the duplex, where it’s sort of an alternate-reality version of the one you just saw. If this house were a choose-your-own-adventure book, and you selected “greeny-gray doors & gray tile” instead of “pink doors and neopolitan ice cream tile” – you’d end up with this room.

Duplex Mudroom Seen Through Kitchen Pocket Doors
cabinets | backsplash tile | counters | hardware | mugs | paper towel holder |  toaster | coffee maker | floor tile | towels | hooks | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW Oyster Bay

Once again it’s looking very different than what we started with:

Here’s the current view through the pocket doors that we added. Oh and see how the doors stick out about 3″ on each side so you can easily grab the handles? We did that on both sides of the duplex to make it obvious to renters that pocket doors existed (we worried if they hid totally in the walls people might miss them). All that we did was add wood blocks to the end of the doors, so they can’t fully slide into the wall to hide completely. Plus it’s so handy because you can easily grab the handles to roll the doors closed since they’re always exposed. Handy to grab the handles. See what I did there?

Open Shelf Through Pocket Doors In Duplex Mudroom Laundry
floor tile | similar shelf | baskets | pendant | hooks | towels | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW Oyster Bay

Here’s the view on this side if you rotate to the right while standing in the kitchen and looking through the pocket door opening. Once again we have a stacked washer & dryer with that nice big built-in cabinet next to them. And we bought another Ikea shelving system to provide bonus pantry storage under the window (we picture people using the baskets and shelves to stash all of their chips, cereal, and other snacks that they keep around for the week).

Duplex Laundry Room With Open Shelf And Stacked Laundry
washer | dryer | laundry basket | floor tile | similar shelf | baskets | pendant | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW Oyster Bay

Here’s the view with your back to the back door. Once again the top cabinet of the built-ins is accessible to renters (and stocked with laundry supplies) but the bottom one will hide paint and house supplies for us, and if we need them we’ll just move that pantry shelf (which is anchored to the wall so it won’t tip – and so renters won’t have access to that lower shelf of supplies).

Duplex Landry Room Stacked Appliances Open Shelf
washer | dryer | laundry basket | floor tile | similar shelf | baskets | pendant | hooks | towels |walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White

We also have 8 hooks along this wall, and can I just say that I love finding great beach towels? These are actually the same ones we bought for the beach house and have used for over a year. I love the design, the playful fringe, and the generous size – and they have held up so well! Highly recommend.

Dupex Mudroom Hook Rail With Beach Towels Chevron Tile Floor
floor tile | similar shelf | hooks | towels | faux fig | basket | frame | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW Oyster Bay

If you take a few steps back into the kitchen, here’s what it looks like with the pocket doors pulled closed on this side. I love how they feel original and substantial but still let the light stream in from that side window in the laundry area.

Blue Pocket Doors In Duplex Kitchen Between Mudroom
cabinets | tile | counters | pendant | faucet | hardware |paper towel holder |  toaster | coffee maker | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White | doors: SW Oyster Bay

If you step into the laundry room and stand with your back to the washer/dryer, this is the view on this side. This secondhand door wasn’t painted and we could’t bring ourselves to cover that lovely wood tone – so we just clear sealed it. Once again, I just ADORE these secondhand diamond doors. They’re a space-making choice for sure, along with the pretty glass pocket doors. Is it weird to have love affairs with doors? I think it’s fine.

Diamond Paned Wood Door In Duplex Mudroom With Chevron Floor
floor tile | hooks | towels | faux fig | basket | frame | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White

We also added the four bonus hooks in the little alcove to the left of the back door over here (for a total of 12 hooks on this side too). You can see in the photo above that the alcove is a GREAT SPOT to place that bench without encroaching on the walkway when someone comes in carrying a lot of stuff (since it doesn’t protrude where people actually walk).

We originally placed the benches under the longer hook rails and they felt really tight – but they make so much more sense when they’re tucked into the alcove and it’s a perfect fit. I’ll have to make a video walk-through for you guys soon, so you can see every single inch of these spaces, and get a better idea of how they all flow together.

Diamond Paned Wood Door With Bench And Hooks In Duplex Mudroom
floor tile | hooks | towels | bench | baskets | walls: SW Spare White | trim: SW Extra White

So there are the two mudrooms / bonus pantry space / laundry rooms in each side of the duplex. Not only do they add a ton of function to the entire house, they’re so pretty to our eyeballs. And I literally can’t pick a favorite so don’t make me!

P.S. You can see all of the other finished rooms of the duplex that we’ve already revealed (two kitchens! the front! the back! four bedrooms! six bathrooms! two living & dining rooms!) along with how we planned the layout, tiled the floors & backsplashes, etc, etc, etc here in our duplex category. It’s almost two years of updates covered in just 25 posts!

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#141: When You See Another Blogger’s Home In Person…

Our recent Chicago meet-up with fellow bloggers Chris Loves Julia, Yellow Brick Home, and Making It Lovely left us with lots of feels (and very full stomachs). But it was seeing one of their homes in person that completely changed our minds about a “design rule” we had proclaimed for our own home (on this very podcast, no less). We’re also sharing what surprised us most about the final phase of getting our duplex ready to rent. Plus the results of Sherry’s latest staging assignment and a dynamic decor alternative to just hanging another picture frame.

You can download this episode from Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.

What’s New

  • There’s the crew from our blogger meet-up/vacation to Chicago a couple of weeks ago. In case you don’t recognize all of the faces, they are (from left to right): Me, Nicole Balch from Making It Lovely, Sherry, Julia Marcum from Chris Loves Julia, Kim and Scott Vargo (our hosts) from Yellow Brick Home, and Chris Marcum.
  • And if you heard Episode #134 a few weeks ago, you probably heard us talk about why we don’t have a ton of family photos hung on our walls. So here are a few examples of what we saw in Kim & Scott’s Chicago home that had us rethinking our approach.
  • And here’s a shot of those framed Polaroids (Instax?) that I mentioned. See how it’s not big art, but it still has impact because of how and where the little snapshots are framed? Kim even wrote a whole post about how she DIYed the framing of these.
  • Oh, and if you want to see their new renovation project (the “Two Flat” we mentioned touring), they posted a before tour last week on their blog. So much potential!

Update

  • If you want to hear the original story (or see a before & after) from Sherry’s recent staging project, check out last week’s show notes.

Finishing The Duplex

  • I think it was back in Episode #125 where we talked about all of the kitchen progress we made over the holidays, and I therefore declared new hope for finishing the duplex in time for summer (something I had been doubtful of after many construction delays last year). But boy did I underestimate the furnishing process!
  • The calendar below shows the days (marked in red) where we were in Cape Charles working on the duplex over the last four months. It was 16 separate trips – each involving a 5-6 hour round-trip drive (all done in the same day wherever you see a single day that’s red). Looking at it this way really emphasizes how the furnishing phase – which Sherry guessed might take “three long weekends to finish” – ended up being a lot more involved than we thought.
  • Here’s an idea of what many of those early trips looked like. Just lots of unpacking & furniture assembly (and making long lists of what else we’d need for the next trip).
  • In the end, it took longer than we expected, but it feels really, really, REALLY good to be so close to the finish line (still needs to stock some more things in the kitchens, plus a few little outdoor projects – but it’s safe to say that we’re 98% done with this almost-two-year project).
View Into Open Living And Dining Room With Wood Table And Cage Chandelier
  • And if you missed the links to the listings in last week’s blog post, you can see them here on Airbnb (Left Side, Right Side). But unfortunately, we’re all booked up for this summer already. Wowza!
  • We plan to release off-season dates for this fall (which won’t require a week-long stay) later this summer. And we’ll open reservations for the summer season of 2020 after this summer is completed. So there are more dates to come, we’re just taking things one season at a time for now.

We’re Digging

  • In the photo above you can see the mobile that we hung in one of the duplex bedrooms to add some interest and movement to a bare looking corner. That mobile is from Pottery Barn but is no longer sold (you may recognize it from when it originally hung in our bonus room near the TV).
  • Since we stole that one from our bonus room, Sherry’s currently on the hunt for a replacement mobile for our house. Here are a few she’s eying (lots of good sales going on right now). 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
  • You can see another mobile that we hung – this time in the beach house’s middle bedroom below. This one’s from Target, but is also no longer available.
  • Also, now on to our very important survey…
  • And here is the compact car battery jump starter that was highly recommended. Again, we haven’t had to use it yet, but we feel much better knowing we’ve got it just in case we find ourselves in another dead battery bind (we’ve had two of them in the last year or so).

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.

And lastly, a big thank you to Rothy’s for sponsoring this episode. Check them out at Rothys.com where you get free shipping and returns on every order!

Thanks for listening, guys!

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