My Quest to Conquer the Built-ins

The custom built cabinetry in our living and family rooms caught our eye immediately when we were house shopping. The cabinets made my head swim with decorating possibilities and I simply couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. My built-in cabinets are a great source of joy but are also my nemesis at times.

What I didn’t know is how much time I would spend rearranging, dusting, adjusting and just generally obsessing over them. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely adore them but what an enormous time suck they have been!

As I put away the Valentine’s Day decorations to ready my house for the next season (come on, spring!), I was left scratching my head over the built-ins once again! I now have this to look at on our mantel while our wood stove insert continues to crank heat into our home. It is still winter after all …

SpringMantelI love combining items from other areas of my home to create a unified look on the mantel. The trouble is, what to do with the spots that remain empty? Here’s a big gaping hole on the built-ins in our family room that was created when I decorated my mantle:

Built-ins FRI will likely spend entirely too much time rearranging other shelves on both built-in units so that I have just the right look on this particular shelf. Wish me luck! <Sigh>

I’ll leave you with a view of one section of the built-ins in our living room:

Built-ins LR


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