With the television being the focal point of this living room space, designers wanted to frame it elegantly as well as add some functionality to the bare wall around it, so custom shelves were built to surround it. Above the TV, open shelves display photographs and knick knacks that add a personal touch to the home, while below, open storage gives the homeowners a place to keep their books and movies within arm's reach.
A mudroom-esque area was created just inside the main door with built-in bookshelves that finish in a bench. Large cubbies beneath the bench are just right for fabric bins that store bags, shoes, extra throws and more.
The A-List celebrity who had these bathroom bookcases designed exclusively for her Hollywood-area home loves reading so much she wants books within reach at all times. Something tells us, however, that her invaluable first editions are stored elsewhere, as a steamy tub could ruin pages, spines and glue. But who reads priceless books in the bathtub anyway? The reading material here is purely for pleasure and relaxation.
Built-ins are the perfect way to display favorite books, souvenirs and other novelties, but they also go a long way towards establishing symmetry. With a large abstract painting hung between these shelves, this little nook feels bright and balanced for any occasion.
The kitchen island actually works overtime, serving as both an eat-in counter and a station for meal-prep. Take a closer look and you'll find that it also boasts built-in shelves that keep the owners' cookbooks organized.
For an eclectic, collected-over-time look on bookcases, Emily Henderson, host of HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist, likes to create balance without symmetry. To achieve the look, pepper books, objects and artwork throughout the shelves.