The Library Bookshelves!

If you've been reading LGN for practically any amount of time, you probably know that I love me a good bookshelf! In the past we've used a series of IKEA bookshelves to house most of our books (here's a link to the DIY arched version and the faux-built-in version). When we moved to this house though, I knew we were going to invest in something special for our library built-ins. I am SO happy with how these turned out! The shelves are pretty much the first thing we see when we walk in the door and they make me smile every time.

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I hired a local company called Classy Closets to build and install the insanely huge shelves (they are over 16' tall!). I learned about the locally-owned company first when I was helping my friend Caitlin Wilson work on a show house for the Street of Dreams in Gilbert. Show homes are a great way to discover local companies and I saw Classy Closets' work and was super impressed.

They were wonderful to work with them from the get-go. They have amazing in-house designers that can take care of everything if that's what you need/want, but they also love to collaborate with designers. They also offer trade pricing or commissions, which ends up being really helpful for big projects like this one, though I will say their pricing is incredibly fair for the great, fast work they do. And actually, Classy Closets is offering a huge give away right now for a $2000 worth of custom cabinetry (they do everything from closets to kitchens)!

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So the basic process was I came up with a few drawings and then worked with their production designer to finalize the dimensions and the plan. There were some pretty big tweaks to what I initially wanted because of the vintage library ladder I was asking them to incorporate in the design. The design team was amazingly detailed and careful about the ladder and how and where to install the rod to make the ladder run as smooth as possible.

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Let's back up a little though and savor the project reveal! :) If you'll remember, we had a big empty wall here before. We pulled off the old moulding, had an electrician move the wiring up to where the library lights would be, patched the walls and holes with drywall mud, and then primed and painted the whole thing the color of the bookshelves (Ben Moore's Chantilly Lace).

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Once the shelving design had been finalized, it only took a couple of weeks for the Classy Closets crew to build the cabinetry. The installation took almost two full days for an entire team though! This was a huge project and they were wonderful craftsmen. I couldn't have been happier with the work they did - clean and efficient.

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At the end of the second day, the library ladder track was installed. I chose an iron rod to match the hardware on the rollers of the ladder. I thought about doing brass to match the lighting (which was a sale find at Restoration Hardware) and the large ring pulls (which are from Liz's Antique Hardware), but I like how the metals and finishes mix. 

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The ladder, which was a $250 Craigslist find (apparently inherited from a famous race car driver in California? Here's the back story there.), runs as smooth as butter. It's hard to not hop on for a ride a few times a day! :)

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It's pretty amazing that we have all of our books in one place finally. Even in Brooklyn, we ended up having to store some books in other rooms. But having this much storage space is completely amazing. 

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We did my trick of organizing by genre and then very loosely by color. And then I just added in a few little containers here and there to break things up a bit.

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These built-ins are such a big part of our home now. We all love spending time in the library. It feels homey and cozy and comfortable. A big thank you to Classy Closets for being so generous to me with their time and with their designer discount. I am happy to have found another great local resource! And locals, don't forget to enter the $2000 master closet redo give away here.

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71 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh how totally awesome!!!

Trisha said...

Brilliant! I love that you loosely organized by color- I do that to my husband's clothes and our DVD's and it drives him insane. But it looks so much nicer.

Michelle Ash Latham said...

I am absolutely green with envy -- these shelves are beautiful!

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Vicki Nugent said...

What a beautiful addition to your home. I love the way it all came together. Thanks for sharing!

Gabby @ CookieCutterUnique.com said...

I'm obsessed with bookshelves; these are gorgeous!

monika said...

Whoa, Jenny! This is sooo nice to have. We have about 3,000 books and at the moment someone is installing a 20-foot long wall in the studio of our house. But no doors for me.... juts shelving, to engulf all the books that seem to spawn in our house. I love how the lighting compliments the trim work on your shelves. Nicely done!

Stevi Gibson said...

I am obsessed! Wonderful work as always. Can't wait to see the update on the chase lounge!!

Stevi Gibson

Deborah said...

It looks AWESOME!!!!!!! Question---how did you address the air conditioner register?

Joanna said...

Ugh it's so so so sooooo good it kills me every time I see it!!!

Kimberly Hannon said...

Wow so so beautiful! What an incredible addition to your house. Glad you shared the whole shelving unit in all it's glory! And the daybed ended up looking adorable. This room is a real show stopper and a great example of how a front room can still look stellar without being at all stuffy.

Elisha said...

Oh gosh, I absolutely love this! Too perfect.

Unknown said...

Let's see the bookcase at night?

Keggy25 said...

Ok so the sneak peeks are driving me mad. I see you used that gorgeous sea glass color in the music room as well as French doors and back door. I love how you've carried it throughout the first floor. Your house looks amazing. Domino better give you one huge spread or there are going to be some disappointed readers. I'm biting my fingers. You are really incredibly resourceful. Can't believe you found all of that so fast.

Lauren said...

Love love love this! Would you mind sharing the new paint color of your music room? In LOVE!!

Andrea said...

jenny - you never cease to amaze me. i never comment on anyone's blog but yours. amazing!

House of Pemberley said...

These look amazing! And I love the sneak peeks of the other changes. I noticed the Bengal Bazaar on the daybed in your last post and couldn't wait to see it. Next I noticed the new paint in the music room AND the updated lighting in the foyer. And...and...cannot wait to see it all!

Josephine said...

I spy a Yale Shakespeare set! We just bought one of those. It's so nice to have each play in a book--so much easier than reading out of a huge anthology.

Emmie {Blue 11 Interiors} said...

They look amazing!! Such a big statement!

Miggy said...

show stopper. Looks amazing.

Lauren said...

Love the bookshelves! I also love the re-upholstered daybed, however I think it looks dwarfed in such a high-ceilinged room...

Trisha Wray said...

It's just gorgeous!

Colleen said...

WOWZA! Let me just pin this to my "dream home" board...

Brooke said...

Holy Guacamole! I am swooning over this! I am so in love with your entire house!! Fab work, as always!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

My goodness! they look incredible, your home is amazing.

Kelly said...

I don't think I'd ever want to leave this room! So cozy and it really shows how much you value books - so good for the kids to have this be part of their home!

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

This is TOO good! Seriously, my dream come true. I fantasize about one day having a library with wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelving. I live in NYC now (certainly no space for a library here!) and I loved the faux built-ins that you did, so inspiring! This is really taking it to the next level. Completely obsessed!

Catherine Fagan said...

I'm so jealous over your bookshelves, The Ladder is Perfection.

Megan Denton said...

Herringbone floors and that amazing shelf... perfection! I have wanted a ladder and bookcase for as long as I can remember. You my friend are living the dream.

Dianne said...

I am dying for a full house tour!!! When, when, when?

JC said...

Oh nice! That is a thing of beauty! Also, did I miss something: when did you repaint the blue room? Fairly recently, I'm guessing.

Tanya said...

I see the music room is no longer that deep blue color!! Dang sneak peaks, haha! Can't wait to see the reveal. The bookshelves are AH-maaazing btw!!

- Tanya

katy danos said...

love this ! I read your blog everyday, and one of our staff members spotted the book I co- wrote with my fabulous friend, bryan batt. Big Easy Style. love everything you are doing in your home! Katy

katy danos said...

love this ! I read your blog everyday, and one of our staff members spotted the book I co- wrote with my fabulous friend, bryan batt. Big Easy Style. love everything you are doing in your home! Katy

Angela Santaniello said...

GORGEOUS! It all came together perfectly!

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Tasha said...

i'm a built-in and book junkie and this is spectacular!! Nicely done!

Jordan said...

Cool stuff

Tracy Laverty said...

These bookshelves are show stoppers. Absolutely gorgeous! What an entrance to come into.

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

So beautiful! I love everything about it.

Rebekah said...

Would you mind showing how the bottom doors of the bookshelves open? These are very similar to what I want to do in our library. Totally love.

Judson York said...

What happened to your blue music room? Am I looking at the wrong room or do I see it in the background painted beigey/taupe? I loved that blue room!!

Cassandra @ The Life of CK and Nate said...

Love the whole look! I do have a question though. We have similar thickness shelves and they tend to sag a bit in the middle if the load is on the heavier side. It may be an optical illusion but it looks like your shelves with a lot of books my be doing the same. Do you have any hint to help stop that from happening (besides not putting a lot of books on)?

laveritesortdelabouchedesenfants said...

fantastique bibliothèque!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous.

Kiri Cragin Folwell said...

My mouth literally dropped when I saw this post. These book shelves are to die for! And you have styled them beautifully as well. It has been so fun seeing this room come together. Well done!

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Kackie said...

My favorite project you've done. And I love them all. Perfection, Jenny!

Emily Clark said...

Did ya'll paint over the blue music room?

Love the bookshelves!

Julie Reinwald said...

Jenny, this is seriously stunning!

The Spiffy Company said...

Oh boy...The makes my heart beat fast! BEAUTIFUL!

Elizabeth Daigle said...

Jenny... This looks great!

gustoandgrace said...

This is getting good. Can't wait to read on.

denese said...

How on earth do you get anything else done? I'd be lounging in that daybed staring at the shelves all. day. long.

It begs the question - could this not be your favorite design accomplishment ever?!? In fact, that would be an awesome post. LGN's top 10 favorite LGN designs.

Am I the only one that wants to see a slim-lined, narrow depth rolling bar cart hugging the book case, perhaps just off the music room stairs? Drinks to go, book in hand, heaven on earth!!!

When do you start remote e-design {like Windsor} and can it be sooner than later!?!} Me first, me first!! My 1930's east coast home needs you.

Kim said...

BEAUTIFUL collaboration!!! Makes me want to move to Arizona so Classy Closets can build some for me! :)

When did you re-paint the music room? I love the new color!

Star Sisters Books said...

Gorgeous! I dream of having a library ladder someday!

Elizabeth Carpenter said...

I love your built-ins! What a classy and well-done library. However, I'm sad to see the bright blue music room is no more! It was wonderful to see a pop of color amidst the all-white houses that designers are leaning towards these days.

Nina Leung said...

Absolutely perfect! Just gorgeous!

EricaH. said...

Can we talk about the light fixture in the foyer for a sec....I need it in my life! Who/What/Where can I get it!!!

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Your bookshelves are gorgeous! thanks for a beautiful post! love following your blog, Jamie Herzlinger

td said...

Besides a piano, what more does one need in a room? Brautiful. The new daybed fabric looks great, although I REALLY loved the original one. Any chance you saved it? I would be so interested in acquiring it. Seriously!

I have a fabulous library ladder, just no good place to use it functionally. :(

Kate said...

This looks incredible! (And I am a huge proponent of classifying by color.)

homeon129acres said...

These are amazing! When I saw the first picture I thought it was a Pinterest inspiration post. I should have known it was real. The height of your room is spectacular. I think my favourite part is that you have actual books. So many shelves are about everything besides books now. Beautiful job.

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Seriously, Jenny! This is amazing! Wow, the craftsmanship is stunning and the way you have styled the shelves makes them shine. What a beautiful wall and use of space!!

Michelle Viera said...

How deep is the bookcase?
Thanks
Michelle Viera

Elizabeth Downie said...

Have you seen this!? #1! I recognized it immediately! http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/slidey-ikea#12od596

Anna Burke said...

This looks incredible! You are so talented!!!!

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linsey said...

These babies make my heart race harder than anything else on the internets.

Cristina Richard said...

Beautiful! Looks amazing. Are you planning on doing a post/tutorial outlining how you put together those beautiful floors?! I'm thinking of doing a similar floor in my bedroom and would LOVE a play-by-play of your process.

katya152 said...

Jenny, they turned out so beautiful!

Lil T said...

Jenny, these are gorgeous. Do you know what kind of wood was used? My husband and I are about to tackle a built-in cabinet/shelf look. We contemplated using IKEA bases (like you did in NYC) but I wonder if the white particle board will eventually look cheap -- even w/added molding and built up bases, etc. It looks like your builder used a pre-fabbed base of sort. Do you know what kind of wood?

adarlingadventure said...

Ever since watching Beauty & the Beast as a child I've wanted a library with a ladder like this! So wonderful! Any concerns of the wheels scratching or wearing down the hardwood floors?

Bethany DeVore said...

simply stunning!

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