Meet the Shpunts!
How cute are they? Danielle and Jeff bought their dream home not too long ago. Ready for this story? The house was his grandparents’! What’s better than keeping it in the family? The two of them are in the process of revitalizing it and creating their own style with their 2 year-old son, Luke. They’ve rolled up their sleeves and done a ton of so far, like this beautiful powder room makeover:
[I die for the wallpaper! You can buy it here]
I was thrilled to give their family room built-ins a makeover
What a fun project they had in store. An entire wall of the room is made up of bookshelves–don’t you wish you had them to play with in your house? I do. Anyway, when they moved in, the shelves were stained dark wood which was closing in the room.
Bookshelves before they bought the house:
Danielle quickly decided to paint the shelves and paneling to brighten up the space and make it feel more current. I love her choice of the pale blue with white trim. [The blue is Half Sea Fog by Behr.]
Bookshelves after they moved in:
They had a couple of rules before we got started
- The bottom two shelves needed to be Luke-safe! Being the adventurous little boy that he is, he likes to play with anything he can reach. And being the smart parents that they are, capitalized on this by putting all of his books along the bottom shelf. I loved that! So that was something they wanted to maintain during this makeover.
- The metal sign needed to remain a focal point. Danielle’s a huge “Fixer Upper” fan and purchased that gorgeous sign on the mantle from Magnolia. The saying is perfect and the sign means a lot to them so I knew that should still be a big focal point of the room.
- No more painting would be done. They wanted to keep the integrity of the original brick and mantle.
Before we headed out, I had Danielle choose a few of her favorite existing pieces from her house. She grabbed some sparkle–a crystal and stone coaster, a little touch of shine–copper which belonged to her husband’s grandparents and some earthy— hand made pottery. Over all the palette was neutral and she wanted to incorporate family photos and greenery. Easy peasy!
After a couple of hours at HomeGoods, we had collected a gorgeous array of accessories, prints, and faux plants. We laid everything out to see how it was working together and edited from there. Before we headed home, we stopped by the Christmas Tree Shop to find a few affordable pieces to fill any holes in our list.
[Identical salt lamp here]
While we were out, her husband Jeff was rearranging the shelves for us. I had asked him to remove a couple of them and shift one or two. I did this because, when we started each shelf was equidistant apart. It created a bit of a design challenge because I could only pick items that were 10 inches or shorter.. that would have created a really ‘bitty’ look. With the heights varied a little, we had plenty of height variations to play with.
Bookshelves after our makeover:
Over a glass of wine (maybe two) I started arranging and rearranging her new and old treasures.
It came together pretty quickly because every piece was so thought out at the store.
We made sure to keep focus on a cohesive look so that we didn’t come back with a hodgepodge of things that didn’t work together.
It was important that we use sentimental pieces that they already owned and loved in order to make the space feel like them.
Personal touches are what create an authentic living space and look. The photos bring them joy, so we kept them. We just re-framed them to give them all a more unified look that fit into the style of the shelves. The beautiful ceramic urn belonged to Danielle’s grandmother so I wanted to make sure it had it’s own moment on the shelves. I put it up top next her to her favorite wedding photo.
Jeff’s grandparent’s were proudly displayed on the mantle and I thought it would be really nice to keep them there, but to make it more of a statement. So I chose a larger frame with a generous mat. I happily placed them back on the mantle with this sweet duck that belonged to them and is a nice nod to their New England roots.
Aside from being nice to look at, we grabbed a few baskets because they could hide away things that needed to be in the room, but that they didn’t want to look at all the time. So the lidded basket holds all the TV remotes along with other odds and ends. The chicken wire basket on the bottom shelf holds miscellaneous toys for Luke that are easy access.
These kinds of pieces are so important to have in your home. They provide a place for things to go so you don’t lose them and they make quick clean ups possible.
[Similar chicken wire basket available here]
Last minute guests would never know you stashed things away in five minutes into baskets or boxes. I also created a mail station on the other side of the room, by the door. It’s where they enter the house most of the time and needed a little landing station. So there’s a wood box for mail and keys that hides it away from guests, but is totally purposeful.
Styles she loves: Farmhouse, Coastal, Vintage & Glam
What a great combo! Can you see touches of that in the items we picked? I definitely can.
Here’s that beautiful Magnolia sign! She was begging me to put her in front of that sky blue paneling. She stood out so much more there! I loved layering some greenery in front of her and picking up on the shine by displaying more copper and some colored glass. I also went a little gaga over this vintage camera. Danielle gifted it to Jeff to have in his office (thanks for letting me hijack it, Jeff!)
[Similar faux plant available here]
I was stunned to find this sweet cloche at the Christmas Tree shop! [similar option here] It’s so classic and pretty, I think it looks much more expensive than it was. This vignette on the mantle feels soothing and timeless to me. The geode shadow box was a fantastic clearance find at HomeGoods. (Do you remember what I said about shopping clearance? If not, read this post)
The strategy for the mantle
This room doesn’t get a lot of light. And, when taking in the walls as a whole, the two bookshelves were feeling disconnected by the dark center of the brick.
Bounce light around by adding a mirror. Unify the bookshelves by choosing one with a light colored frame. It would double the amount of natural light in the family room without spending too much and would give the room a fresh feel.
See the difference?
This giant mirror was at HomeGoods for only $35! The white washed frame lent itself to the coastal-farmhouse vibe that she was looking for.
The best part of this makeover is that they got a completely new and fresh look for their space but for a totally affordable price. We shopped smart and only picked out items that they absolutely loved. No wasted funds. She got the complete look for under $300!
What do you think?
Did we pull off a ‘Farmhouse, Coastal, Vintage, Glam’ feeling in the bookshelves? 😉
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And for more tips on styling bookshelves, click the image below to read a fantastic post on My Sunset Avenue!