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8 Ways to Be Creative with Bookshelves

If you’re like me and have too many books to keep count of (not including the digital versions on your kindle) then you can certainly appreciate a good bookcase! I’ve seen many really good ones, one of my favourites has to be the very rustic wood bookcase at the Food Barn at Noordhoek Farm Village. I love the thick planks and worn wood – seems to match well-loved books well!

About 2 years ago my husband and I put together a custom bookshelf cum TV cabinet cum CD display case by simply using raw wood planks, a few brackets to hold everything up and 2 brackets attached to the wall. The beauty of it though was that we were able to dismantle the whole thing and bring all the wood with us to our new home when we moved a few months ago! So while we haven’t reinvented our bookcase, we have big plans for it (in its disassembled state in the garage!)

Anyway here are some really fantastic creative bookshelf ideas, from under-the-stairs to in-the-ceiling to round-about…there’s plenty of ways to get your dream reading on 😉

Reading Up the Stairs

Reading Up the Stairs | source  Pinterest

Reading Under the Window Nook

Reading Under the Window Nook | source Pinterest

Reading in a Circle

Reading in a Circle | source Pinterest

Reading Upstairs

Reading Upstairs | source Pinterest

Reading Along the Pipes

Reading Along the Pipes | source Dreamer Attraction

Reading in the Roof

Reading in the Roof | source Love This Pic

Reading in Blocks

Reading in Blocks | source revistacasaejardim

Reading Up the Wall

Reading Up the Wall | source Lushome

Clever Shelving – Ways to Make Your Mess Disappear

It’s amazing what some clever shelving can do to clear away your junk, collectables, books, ornaments and other odds and ends we tend to accumulate! I’m on a mission at the moment at home to organise, store and shelve items that are currently making their home on top of other items, on the floor, under the table and in our laundry area… I‘m imagining the free space already!

Today I bring you some great takes on shelving solutions – from steel kitchen shelves to mounted boxes, old fashioned bathroom hook shelves to honeycomb shelving! Enjoy and I hope this inspires some DIY 🙂

Easy Kitchen Racks

Easy Kitchen Racks | source Pinterest

Wallpapered Shelving

Wallpapered Shelving | source Design Sponge

Honeycomb Shelving

Honeycomb Shelving | source Paper ‘n Stitch

Mounted Box Shelves

Mounted Box Shelves | source Design Sponge

Metallic Kitchen Shelves

Metallic Kitchen Shelves | source Apartment Therapy

Old Fashioned Bathroom Shelves

Old Fashioned Bathroom Shelves | source MarthaStewart.com

Wall to Ceiling Block Shelves

Wall to Ceiling Block Shelves | source The Pursuit Aesthetic

Beautiful WorkStations | Creative Spaces to Work, Plan & Think

If you work from home, have a desk you work from on the weekends or evenings, or simply enjoy having your own space to think, create, plan and graft from – then this post from The Good Girls Guide is definitely for you!

A workstation that calls you to it rather than frightens you off is a good workstation – so throw away your unorganised filing system, sell your outdated oversized computer monitor and invest in a good desk, some great storage and a pinboard or something for inspiration.

The best desks are often those with a clear, uncluttered surface; just your computer and what you’re working on should grace your desktop. A pinboard or moodboard is also an excellent way of displaying your ideas, photos and diagrams in what can only be described as ordered chaos.

Make sure your workstation is in a quiet area in your house: a spare bedroom, a little nook somewhere or even pulled out of your cupboard! Remember to keep yourself happy with what gets you into work-mode: the smell of coffee, soft jazz music in the background, the tinkle of a chime…

And then, it’s down to work! Check out our top inspirational workstations to keep your mind ticking, your heart happy and your soul alive:

Creative Planning

Creative Planning | source here.

Space Saver

Space Saver | source here.

Clean & White

Clean & White | source here.

Artist's Space to Create

Artist’s Space to Create | source here.

Bold & Bright

Bold & Bright | source here.

Display Case

Display Case | source here.

Let the Sun in

Let the Sun in | source here.

Amazing Clothes Storage Ideas | Turn Messy into Pretty

Close your eyes and imagine: a spacious, walk-in closet with display for your hundreds of shoes, and colour coded hanging space, all framed with a gorgeous dressing table and twinkle-lit mirror.

And pop goes the dream. Quite frankly, my cupboard is shared with my husband; yes we have our own side, but still! It gets cramped, messy and quite often I find his socks with my underwear, or my coat with his rugby jackets. Not ideal.

The Good Girls Guide has uncovered some beau (meaning: simply marvelous, clever & beautiful) ideas on how to prettily display your gorgeous clothes, shoes, bags and more – but still keeping it neat, under wraps and of course – easily accessible.

So while you may have to settle for a refurbished vintage wardrobe (although I wouldn’t even call that settling, it sounds bloody damn amazing) and keep your walk-in closet for your big-time dreams one day, it does mean you can do it in style and be the envy of all your girls.

Time to turn Messy into Pretty with clever clothing storage ideas:

Vintage Closet with Clear Glass

Vintage Wardrobe with Glass Doors | source here.

Pink Hanging Space

Pink Hanging Space | source here.

Floor Borders as Shoe Hooks

Floor Borders as Shoe Hooks | source here.

Frame Your Jewelry

Frame Your Jewelry | source here.

Display your Shoes on Shelves

Display your Shoes on Shelves | source here.

Optimise Your Storage Space

Optimise Your Storage Space | source here.

Accessible Shoe Bags

Accessible Shoe Bags | source here.