The above picture made me go back again to the idea of putting bookshelves behind the couch. The couch is centered on an enormous blank space of a wall and I've had the hardest time settling on what to do with it. I've been going back and forth between bookshelves and big art. Both are fairly expensive, but bookshelves do have the added bonus of storage and adding a layer to the room. And as Schumacher's room clearly illustrates, you can still hang a big piece of art (or a mirror) on the bookshelf for even more layering.
Ikea Billy bookcases are not going to do for this project. I am definitely drawn to the industrial metal style of the above - the open backs and sides, the rusted patina finish. Plus, I have a lot of books (even after recent purgings) and tend to buy more (we live within five minutes of a Half-Priced Books - my own personal crackhouse), and that means a lot of weight. So I went on the hunt for industrial shelves that I like and quickly found out that buying them at a store is probably not happening. Here's the inspirations and the DIY versions. I still haven't settled on any of them yet.
|Salvaged Wood Bookcase from Hudson Goods|
Parsons Tower from Ana's plan and then paint it to look like metal using Freckled Laundry's amazing faux zinc tutorial.
|Wisteria - $1799|
The next option would be to build two (or 3 resized) versions of Wisteria's recycled pine bookshelf - also with a plan from AnaWhite.com. They are mostly wood, but would still have a few touches of metal. But metal casters can really add up, though, so I would have to do the math.
|Industrial Mansard Double Book Shelf|
The third option would be a version of this shelf from Home Decorator's Collection, the most economical out of the box at only $599.
I'll try not to disappear for another three weeks, but time are little tough right now and I don't have a lot of energy/ideas left for blogging. I appreciate you guys sticking with me through this dry spell.