I had lots of fun with the last bookcase inspiration post and even more fun carrying out the design.  In case you forgot here’s a before shot…

I desperately needed a closed storage solution that would also bring a unified look to my bookcase.  I headed back to Ikea for inexpensive items from the KASSETT, FLYT, and BARNAS series.

And here’s the final look…

The decorative items are there for placement until I find something that really tickles my fancy. As you’ve probably noticed, I gave that dusty stereo set back to my husband and instead enjoy music from my laptop.  I also removed a few of the jackets from my books for a cleaner look.  Other paperbacks are stored in the magazine files and boxes.

The baskets below are a great addition to the bookcase and provides textural interest. The old storage boxes found a new home in my kids’ closets.  Again, I used my wallpaper treatment to glam up inexpensive cardboard magazine files. I love the reflective quality of the print and how the leaves shine in the sunlight.

So now all I have to do is label my files and maintain my new organization system!

My goal was to create a lighter look that’s clean, well-sorted, and pretty.  Mission accomplished, don’t you think? Be sure to meet me back here tomorrow. I can’t wait to show you my most recent office DIY project!

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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21 Responses to “BOOKCASE DONE.”

  1. Sally@DivineDistractions Says:

    Oh, I feel so motivated viewing your post! It feels so good to get a spot completely clean and organized, and I'll bet you are so inpsired to do your best work. Love the design and the NEATNESS! Good luck keeping it that way!


  2. Divamom-Act II Says:

    Damn you're good. Love the starfish. Let us know if the bookcase stays that way. Now excuse me while I move the cleaning supplies from my own bookcase.


  3. Tina Steele Lindsey Says:

    I am with Sally and Divamom, this is huge.


  4. Tammy@InStitches Says:

    It looks so pretty and neat, great job.


  5. Tonia {Chic Modern Vintage} Says:

    I love it, perfect, but I like a bit of chaos :-) in my office. Fab makeover.


  6. Heather Says:

    This looks great! love the black and white…and covering the magazine holders with wallpaper??? such a great idea!


  7. Sarah La Rose Says:

    Erika the bookcase looks so clean, organized and well styled. You did such a great job. I bet you love sitting in your office now.


  8. The Broke Socialite Says:

    *pouting* I want one! (smile) As always you did a fabulous job!


  9. The Budget Brides Handbook Says:

    Ok so you totally rocked this project. I have the 2 column expedit and you have so made me want the one you have. I also love the wallpaper covered magazine files.


  10. Emily Says:

    I'm officially inspired!


  11. niki.mac Says:

    Ooo the Type A spots in my brain are buzzing with excitement! This bookcase is organization heaven… love it!


  12. Mrs. Chic Says:

    Very nice!! I love all the stotage and how it dosn't overwhelm and like the white storage bins mixed with a couple smaller black ones.

    Great thinking covering the magazine holders with wallpaper! looks very pretty


  13. shari @ little blue deer Says:

    Oh, I LOVE Ikea for their office supplies! They are such a great, inexpensive resource! Your home is stunning! I love seeing "real" homes, and I'm a new follower, for sure!


  14. Alluring Interiors Says:

    Love the transformation…So nicely put together.


  15. LindsB Says:

    What a difference a few accessories makes, the bookcase looks great now- I love this before and after!


  16. LifestyleBohemia Says:

    Wow, so organized – very impressive!


  17. Mr. Goodwill Hunting Says:

    How did I miss this? Great looking area.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting


  18. keely @ luxe + lillies Says:

    It looks divine Erika! I may need to hire you to come over here an do some organizing, I wish I had the time to create something so great!


  19. L. Duncan Says:

    Woot Woot!!! Love is in the air! Erika, you did a great job on this bookcase! Now, can you come organize my closet office;)


  20. Mimi Scarlett Says:

    Total inspiration for my new house when I actually have space for this bookshelf. Great job, looks so clean and fresh!


  21. Folding-Bookcase Says:

    very impressive!

    thank you nice post.


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