Hooked on Built-In Bookshelves


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.)


Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on today! If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

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  2. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see what everyone else is talking about today!
  3. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted! If you come back and see your link is gone, re-read these rules and try again.

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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  1. says

    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 =-.

  2. says

    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!


  3. says

    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 =-.

  4. says

    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! =-.

  5. says

    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 =-.

  6. says

    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 =-.

  7. says

    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 =-.

  8. says

    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 =-.

  9. says

    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 =-.

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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! =-.

  12. says

    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? =-.

  13. Mike says

    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!

  14. says

    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! =-.

  15. says

    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 =-.

  16. devil says

    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.

  17. says

    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 =-.

  18. Kathy :) says

    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 :)