In order to give the ready-made bookshelves a custom, architectural look, Matt and Jodi had a contractor install the two pairs back-to-back. Once the bookshelves were attached to the walls with L-brackets, the exposed sides were clad with luan and trimmed out with 1x3 MDF (medium density fiberboard) paint in the same shade of white as the melamine shelves.
If a traditional mantel feels awkward in your space, try a just-above-floor-level platform like the one seen here. It allows the same display area (or more) and doesn't break up the visual line above the fireplace.
Flanking this oversize fireplace are two greyhounds. "We've wanted to use these stone greyhounds on a fireplace for years," HGTV fans Peggy and Dale said. "We finally had the guts to do it." And we love it.
This gourmet kitchen's neutral palette is lifted visually by all the gorgeous details: white oak floors, Palomino Quartzite countertops, brushed and polished nickel accents and a mosaic tile backsplash.
In a mix of robin's egg blue and crisp, clean white, this girl's bedroom is a serene retreat for playing and dreaming. Ready for cuddles and a good book, girl's best friend waits on the floor by the chair.