Sunday, September 19, 2010

No "lack" of love

We're back from our Ikea trip and I have lots to share. Some great news, other news...not so much. Today, I will stick with the great news:

I am in love.

I have fallen hard for the new shelving we purchased for our dining room. We've completely neglected this room since we moved into our house and it has just been a hodge podge of mismatched furniture, 70's hand me downs, empty walls, and no style. That is, up until today.

Our dining room is quite large and it needs a good amount of furniture to fill it up and give it some life. The problem with this? Furniture is expensive. I've been saving for the last two months for this baby and will hopefully purchase it next month when Pottery Barn has it's friend's and family sale. Oh, Sumner, you make my heart sing and it would be an injustice to eat our Thanksgiving feast on anything other than you.

Ok, back to shelving. We bought three 74" white "Lack" shelves yesterday and they were such a cinch to hang. It took the hubs and I less than 40 minutes to install them. Once they were installed, I did what I do best- shop! I "shopped" around my house and found lots of goodies to decorate the shelves. Gotta love a good deal! Though these pictures don't do the shelves justice, check out the final result:

Don't they just help fill the room without the need of furniture?

In addition to new shelving, we also added a new rug. I've always wanted a knotted jute rug and I'm so glad I convinced Paul that it was the right choice. It helps add texture to the room and brings out the bamboo roman shades.

Anyone else have any creative solutions to fill up a large space without using furniture? Do you think we need a piece of furniture under the shelves or are they substantial by themselves? I'd love to hear some of your ideas!


  1. I too fell in love with a PB turned leg dining room table. It was 4 years ago, and the style is no longer available, but it's very very similar to the Montego Turned-Leg set they have right now.

    Oh, how much I loved it, but I could not bear spending the $$ on it. I ended up walking into a World Market one day (with no intentions of even looking @ dining room sets), and I found something almost exactly the same for right about $900 for the table and 6 chairs. I'm still in love with it.

    As for your question, I don't think that you need anything more in the room than the shelves, and I think that if you put something under them, it would just look crowded. Once you get that table, you'd be amazed how well a set table will occupy a large space.

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  3. I LOVE those shelves! They look great!

  4. I think the shelves look fantastic! I think they look good all on their own! Although I like when people put buffet tables or hutches under shelves.. but you could always wait to do that until you find the perfect piece and have the money to spend on it! I think the room already looks great!



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