Hooked on Built-In Bookshelves

by hookedonhouses on October 1, 2009


Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of each week to celebrate the things that make us happy. I have kept “inspiration files” for years of rooms that I love. As I was going through the photos today, I realized that a disproportionate number of them featured built-in bookshelves. Here are a few that I liked because the homeowners found ways to incorporate them in creative ways:


Maybe I love bookshelves so much because they hold two of my favorite things: books and family photos. (Photos via BHG and Elle Decor.)


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Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Things That Inspire (favorite design element: framed intaglios)
2. Struggling to be Stylish (Pink accessories)
3. Shanty2Chihc ~ Hooked on Cheap Lamps
4. cristin @ simplified bee (duvets comforters and bedding.com GIVEAWAY)
5. Christi at A SOUTHERN LIFE- Acorn Sqush and my sweet pets
6. Sara (One Day)
7. Shanty2Chic ~ Ashleys Hooked on Fall Apothecaries
8. The Shabby Chic Cottage – Free Fall Decor
9. Amanda @ Serenity Now {Road Trippin’ to Nashville}
10. Your home, only better. (Castle on Talcott Mountain)
11. DesignTies (Itsy-bitsy apartment)
12. VICTORIAN Architecture- The Graphics Fairy
13. Heather
14. Terry (Three mid-century modern days and nights…)
15. Amy @ Finer Things (Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters Giveaway!)
16. Maya (Who picks up that?)
17. Heather (Boston!)
18. Robin~All Things Heart and Home~Decorating with Heirloom Pumpkins
19. Atticmag (Mile-High Apple Pie)
20. Creations From y Heart (Light Re-Do)
21. sue-in-sydney (Darwin – The Top End)
22. ImagineCozy (Toss Pillows)
23. TidyMom (Friends)
24. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions {Upholstered Headboards}
25. Kate @ Stolen Moments (simple pots de creme)
26. A Simple Walk (sweater weather)
27. Courtney (fall!!)
28. Fifi Flowers hooked on Jewelry!
29. Posh Pieces – Frosted Glass Halloween Decor
30. Oops! I Craft My Pants- Mod Podge
31. Black eyed Susan’s kitchen
32. Boulevard Interior Design Free Advice The Right Valance
33. Trish@TheOldPostRoad (black beds)
34. SuzyHomemaker (Front Porch)
35. Our Nifty Notebook (Lego Land & Ikea)
36. Complete Bedroom Redo (inc Furniture) for $10.00!!
37. casaCARA (Victorian synagogue)
38. Makeovers & Procrastinators!
39. Lindsay @ Likely Design (Spending money that I WON!!)
40. April’s Fall Mantles
41. Linda @ Heartire At Home – ABC’s of a Nurturing Home…
42. It Feels Like Chaos (kidisms)
43. Kristi (Homemade Hand Soap)
44. ClassiclyAmber {{{INSPIRATION!}}}
45. Living Locurto – Doggie Dress-Up Printable
46. Stephanie @ Geezees
47. Fake Halloween Cupcakes
48. Leanne @ Organize & Decorate Everything (giveaway & fall colors)
49. The Tiny Homestead (vinyl letters)
50. Candi @ Candace Rose
51. Dagny @ Beautiful Living (My new mirror and fall flowers!!)
52. Claudia@DipityRoad (Autumn Canyon Colors)
53. Joant@anythinggoeshere ~ Estate Sales
54. Simply Sweet Home (broccoli cheddar chicken)
55. Simply Sweet Home (fall garlands)
56. janice|Sharing the Journey {berries, birds and unexpected beauty}
57. Erin’s Awesome Blog (Hooked on bright walls)
58. Gail-Dining Room – A Time for Change
59. Tara @ Feels like home (Type-A Mom conference pics)
60. Edwina (Being a newlywed)
61. Cindy@cottageinstincts (loverly linens)
62. The Blushing Hostess
63. Paula Grace
64. Kitchen Stewardship (Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent – Soap Nuts)
65. A Penny Saved – DIY white pumpkins
66. Jamie (Two easy wreaths)
67. Kelli@JOY(hooked on the cat in the hat)
68. Architectural Antique Review (Goodbye, 4819 Harrisburg)
69. Janell My Dallas Fashion Incident!
70. Pam@GardenDesigns More (What’s in your backyard?)
71. Ashley @ A Hasty Life (Television)
72. Newlyweds (Garden)
73. Julie [Portraits & 100th post]
74. Paper Glue Etc. (Christmas Cards)
75. Ashleys Busy ( Fall Apple Pear Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting )
76. Jean Stockdale-Blessed Guests
77. pk @ room remix (unexpected art)
78. Tiffany at La*T*Da (fabulous fall pillows)
79. Live In Full Color
80. The Red Chair Blog (Designing Your Own Fabric)
81. Geezees (donating 1 hat per sale)
82. Christy @ Embellished Bayou (Breast Cancer Awareness)
83. Frippery (The Find and Resin)
84. Tamera@doubledelight (Cubby Love)
85. Hooked on Thrift Store Finds @ Mustard Seed Creations
86. Kari @ Eating Simply – Hooked on Maple-Spiced Apple Butter
87. Hooked on Thrift Store Finds @ Mustard Seed Creations
88. Joanie (Fall Foyer)
89. CelebrityDigsHQ (Meg Ryan’s House)
90. In Everything
91. Annie@A View on Design
92. Tricia @ danish dessert–dining room inspiration!
93. Bonnie
94. Jamie – Hooked on Kitchens!
95. La Maison et le Jardin – Savoring the Moments
96. The Lylah Blog – Fall is in the Air
97. Cozy Kitchen by the Sea- Stromboli instead of pizza for a change
98. Sara@thecincylife (Living Roofs)
99. The Little Bean Blog (bathroom fixtures)
100. Visual Vamp
101. Odd Mom (Yummy, frugal, and quick! Stovetop mac and cheese)
102. Sarah @ In A Dream (Toggle Coats)
103. Pat’s Addition
104. Carolina Mama (Friday Food Finds!)
105. Jillian @ Housewears (hooked on Mirrors!)
106. elizabeth@alizardsdailyjourney.typepad.com
107. Willow Decor – Hooked on Cowhide Rugs)
108. Jenn Calling Home
109. Framed Scrapbook Paper by Ashlee@WorkmanWitticisms
110. Mrs. B (my DIY built-in bookshelves)
111. Dori – Fall craft with the kids
112. April & Crazy State Laws
113. Lauren @Pure Style Home (Hooked on Owls!)
114. Michelle
115. Leslie @ Butterfly Cottage
116. Olivia @ Swan White Curtain- White Picket Fences
117. Ashley @ A Hasty Life (Fall Decorating)

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Things That Inspire October 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Very interesting – I was just talking with an architect about built in bookshelves. I love it when they are filled with books, but don’t like it when they become cluttered with knick-knacks. Also, I seem to lean towards using freestanding bookshelves.

Love these inspiration pictures!
.-= Things That Inspire´s last blog ..Favorite Design Element: Framed Intaglios =-.

Christi at A Southern Life October 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I love to read and have so many books. I have built book shelves and have looked for so many ways to store my wonderful books. I guess that means I am hooked on book shelves!


cristin @ simplified bee October 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I am a huge fan of buit-in book shelves. They look great and save so much space.

.-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..JHill Design – Animal Alphabet Prints Giveaway =-.

Struggler October 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

These are lovely – the room with the dog is great but then I saw the one below where the shelves surround a little reading nook – love that one too!
Books somehow make a room look real, and belonging to an actual person.
.-= Struggler´s last blog ..Pink home accessories =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now October 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I love built-ins too! I think they are are such a great use of space!!! :)

Thanks for hosting, Julia!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Road Trippin’ =-.

Heather October 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

These bookshelves are great! I’ve been staring at my living room wall all week thinking…how would a built in bookshelf look right over THERE? or THERE? I’ll just add that to the list! Have a good weekend!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..Boston here we come! =-.

Amy @ Finer Things October 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

That’s just what we need! We’ve still got boxes of books in the basement from our move 3 years ago!
.-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Finer Things Friday: Team Spirit =-.

Heather October 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I’m sorry! I messed up my link! I’m fired!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..Boston here we come! =-.

DesignTies October 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm

The shelves in the last picture are SO cool!! Love how they follow the curve of the window. And the window is pretty nice too!!

There’s something really appealing about bookshelves. The colours of the books, the graphic lines of the shelves, accessories interspersed with the books… they really add character and coziness to a room :-)

.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..A REALLY itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny apartment =-.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy October 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm

These are wonderful! I especially love the ones going around the windows in the bedroom, such a clever use of space! Thanks so much for hosting this fun party each week.
.-= Karen – The Graphics Fairy´s last blog ..Free Clip Art – Hooked on Victorian Architecture =-.

Robin All Things Heart and Home October 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I don’t have built in bookshelves in every room but I wish I did, I do however, have books in every room…that’s one of the things that make a house a home. These pictures are inspiring and making me want to start The Husband on a new project…
All Things Heart and Home
.-= Robin All Things Heart and Home´s last blog ..Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake (Weight Watcher’s Recipe!) =-.

sue October 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I can’t decide which room {and bookshelves} I prefer!!
Nice post.

Angela @ Imaginecozy October 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love how built in bookshelves give you some creative space to add accessories that show your personality, and I love BOOKS. I really like the third photo with the white shelves and painted tan background, it feels really cozy — and I am all about cozy!!
.-= Angela @ Imaginecozy´s last blog ..Cozy up a Space with Toss Pillows =-.

Atticmag October 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Ha! Julia I have a similar post coming up soon.
Can you guess which is MY favorite? That’s a very nice old Persian rug in photo #3 :)
Jane T.
.-= Atticmag´s last blog ..Mile-High Apple Pie =-.

Courtney October 1, 2009 at 9:57 pm

oh I love built ins! They add so much character to a house! I cant wait to have a home with a bit more character than our current cookie cutter!
.-= Courtney´s last blog ..Fall Love and Blog Style to Match!! =-.

Maya@ A Beach Lovers Place October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I love built ins too. They can be a great focal point in a room. Love #2!
.-= Maya@ A Beach Lovers Place´s last blog ..Driftwood Lamp by Carl Woodland =-.

Suzy October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I love built in shelves too! We had some in the older house we live in now……So wonderful! Thanks for sharing as always!
.-= Suzy´s last blog ..Hooked on My Front Porch…… =-.

Jenny October 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I have always loved built-ins.
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..Who Me? =-.

Leanne October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Beautiful bookshelves and also how they’re decorated. I love all of them. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.
.-= Leanne´s last blog ..Giveaway and Packing for Vacation =-.

Fifi Flowers October 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

J’adore built-ins! I have a 1930 home and it has FABULOUS ORIGINAL built-ins all made of cedar… we stripped all the paint off of them and varnished them… GORGEOUS!!!
Bon week-end!
.-= Fifi Flowers´s last blog ..Ooh la la the Fashionable Jewelry… =-.

Linda aka Heartfire At Home October 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I love, love, love built in bookshelves….. nearly any kind of bookshelves for that matter!
.-= Linda aka Heartfire At Home´s last blog ..The A, B, C’s Of A Nurturing Home… =-.

It Feels Like Chaos October 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Oh, I’m drooling! I love built-in bookshelves!
.-= It Feels Like Chaos´s last blog ..Does it really matter? =-.

Jocelyn Stott October 1, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I’m not kidding you – I have dreams about built-ins, and these pictures are beautiful.
.-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Happy October =-.

Lindsay @ Likely Design October 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Built-ins are the first thing I notice (or notice that isn’t there) when I visit a house! So beautiful!!
.-= Lindsay @ Likely Design´s last blog ..{Likely Favorites} Serena & Lily =-.

ClassiclyAmber October 1, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I thought that I would share a recent post I did about bookshelves~! I’m hoping to do something like that in our living room in the future! =-D
.-= ClassiclyAmber´s last blog ..Just Whip It. [Whip it GOOD] =-.

Porchlight Interiors October 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Love all of your gorgeous examples of bookshelves! Stunning! Tracey xx
.-= Porchlight Interiors´s last blog ..Gorgeous Green Velvet! =-.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove October 2, 2009 at 12:05 am

Those are all so gorgous! i would love to have some built-ins!

janice October 2, 2009 at 3:40 am

it’s official – we’re psychic, or my tearing the hair out is so loud you can hear it over there! I love books and photo frames, too, but I have too many. Far too many. After a massive packing up of everything so that we can do flooring work, I’ve rediscovered S P A C E and am loathe to restuff the living room with hundreds of books. (I lost two rooms when we moved here and downsized; I no longer have a study, conservatory or hall and landing big enough for bookcases.) If I only have a few bookcases, I want them to be lovely. Your photos, as always, have inspired me!)
.-= janice´s last blog ..Berries and Birds =-.

Cindy October 2, 2009 at 5:50 am

I miss my built-ins at one of my old houses….though I’m terrible at display, I do wish I had the beauty and functionality they offer.
.-= Cindy´s last blog ..Loverly Linens =-.

Jamie October 2, 2009 at 7:09 am

I really love built in bookcases too! We are getting ready to build some in our den on each side of the fireplace. I just can’t wait to get all of our books and photos on them!

Paula Grace October 2, 2009 at 7:09 am

There is something quite lovely about built-in shelves. I love how the last photo shelves hug the palladium window.
.-= Paula Grace´s last blog ..Fun Friday ~ U2: 1987 – 2009 =-.

black eyed susans kitchen October 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

Julia, Love this look, as long as the shelves are neat and tidy. They give the room character. Thanks for hosting today.
?, Susan
.-= black eyed susans kitchen´s last blog ..ROMANTIC INSPIRATION COMES FROM PINK ROSES =-.

Liz@VioletPosy October 2, 2009 at 8:18 am

Built in bookcases *sigh*….on my list of things to have ‘one day’ :)
.-= Liz@VioletPosy´s last blog ..I’m sad… =-.

Julie October 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

HI Julia
Love all these bookshelves you have posted, in fact just love all bookshelves and the book upon them. The last is quite interesting and such a fabulous window it frames. I think I’m a little bit hooked on the cottage in your last post and your wonderful photos of it. Have a great weekend and thanks for letting me join your party! Julie
.-= Julie´s last blog ..INSPIRED BY ART: And Thoughts On Turning 100! =-.

MissCaron October 2, 2009 at 8:23 am

You hit the nail on the head today! I LOVE LOVE LOVE bookshelves because I love love love books! :) Have a wonderful weekend!
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..I can had dat? =-.

Mike October 2, 2009 at 8:47 am

I don’t think there is any interior architectural feature I love more than built-ins. So much so that I’ve been trying to figure out how to build them into our family room!

pk October 2, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love these photos, but especially the shelves that follow the window arch. Very unique and lovely! Have a great weekend, Julia, and thanks for hosting again!
.-= pk´s last blog ..Handle It! =-.

Live In Full Color October 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

I’m mad for built-in bookshelves! I’m lucky enough to have them in my LR and this past Spring I took everything off of them, repainted them a nice glossy white and arranged the books by color which gives the shelves a nice visual flow.
.-= Live In Full Color´s last blog ..I Prayed For Gray: Part 2 =-.

Ashley October 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

Hi Julia1 Thanks for such beautiful inspiration photos. Love builtins. :)

Pam October 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

We have added our own built ins in our entry and I love them. I would like them in every room. They add such charm and of course more storage! Thanks for hosting again. It is such fun. Pam
.-= Pam´s last blog ..Bummed, Depression, and a Thrifty Make Over! =-.

Tamera October 2, 2009 at 10:03 am

Thanks for hosting the link party!
.-= Tamera´s last blog ..Show & Tell Friday! =-.

devil October 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

I also adore built-in bookshelves and the ones in all these photos look great.

About 35 years ago, my dad spent a weekend opening up a wall and constructing a built-in bookcase for my mom. The project caused him to start smoking again. But he finished it and it looked terrific.

Annie@A View on Design October 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

personally, I’m not a fan of bookshelves (in living areas) unless they’re my books of course! hehe
.-= Annie@A View on Design´s last blog ..Red Hill Living in ACT =-.

Bonnie October 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

Thanks for the link party.
.-= Bonnie´s last blog ..Bristol, New Hampshire =-.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions October 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Geeze, Julia ~ I almost forgot to comment on your post! I love built-in bookshelves and I love books. I need to find some way to integrate both into our next house.

Aunt Amelia October 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Fabulous! Simply fabulous!

Gentle hugs,
Aunt Amelia
.-= Aunt Amelia´s last blog ..Cozy, and flu shots, and……… Oooooops =-.

Visual Vamp October 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Love built ins! I have some in my office that are perfect for all my over size decor and art books.
xo xo

Erin October 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I adore built in shelves and bookcases. They add such a nice touch to a room.
.-= Erin´s last blog ..Inspiration weekend =-.

Joanie October 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Oh, I am so with you on the built-in bookshelf/books/family photos thing. I love the photo you included with the colorful bench. The color they put on the back wall of the shelves really compliments all of the accessories. Thanks for hosting yet another rockin’ Hooked on Fridays.
.-= Joanie´s last blog ..fall foyer =-.

Sarah @ In A Dream October 2, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I also LOVE built in bookshelves, or almost any built-ins for that matter. If I ever build a house, it will have some of those in it for sure!
.-= Sarah @ In A Dream´s last blog ..Toggle It Up! =-.

Brenda Kula October 2, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I may have to have my carpenter build me some of those! Love them!
.-= Brenda Kula´s last blog ..Do Birds Sleep? =-.

Renae Moore October 2, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Great bookshelves….I too love them and have fun decorating them.
Have a good weekend!
.-= Renae Moore´s last blog ..Keeping in the Pink…Friday Flowers =-.

Kathy :) October 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

Love built ins (anything really window seats, beds etc)…..great pics Julia…

This week what made me happy was some cool weather and some home made beef stew….YUM The simple life is what I love best !!!

Have a great week-end,
Kathy :)

Linda @ Lime in the Coconut October 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

Oh Julia…I am saving several of those images in my ever-growing built in bookcase file…because one day…I will build them in. Pinky promise!
.-= Linda @ Lime in the Coconut´s last blog ..Did I mention the color? =-.

Jenn Calling Home October 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Greetings! Just shared my own built-in. Hope you’ll stop by and take a look.
.-= Jenn Calling Home´s last blog ..Craftsmanship at Home =-.

Mrs. B October 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I know I’m a little late, but I’m hooked on built in bookshelves too! I just did a post on mine!
.-= Mrs. B´s last blog ..Built-In Bookshelves Revealed! (finally) =-.

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