The built-in bookcase is up!  It was a marathon measuring, sawing, building, caulking, sanding, painting week… but they are up & we are pretty darn pleased with the results.  I have been playing with some styling on a few of the middle shelves while we were adding the final trim pieces to the top & bottom the past few days.  I have little to no patience when it comes to filling empty spaces.  What I am now trying to decide on is whether I want a packed library look, a color coded or curated collection feel in our dining room.  Here are a few of my favorite bookcases that display each of the categories.
L I B R A R Y  L O O K :  
Shelves that are mostly filled with books with an accessory, frame or bookend added occasionally, if at all.
Apr/May 2010
Lonny Mag
Emily A. Clark
Apartment Therapy

C O L O R  C O D E D :

All items are displayed & organized via color.
Color-coded Bookcase
Color-coded bookcase
Design Sponge
Color coded bookcase, ikat pillow, and everything else about this room!
i suwanee

C U R A T E D  C O L L E C T I O N :

A well styled collection of all accessories, books, frames, etc.
The Lennox
Emily Henderson

Now that I am even more confused, if you need me I will be playing with our shelves… Not only do we have the shelves to style, I may or may not have bought a vintage fireplace surround that I am styling as well 🙂  I shared a sneak peek this weekend on Facebook & Twitter.
Which look do you love?