built- in bookcase reveal….

I am so excited to share this with you! It sounds so funny, but to finally have  small space of my own dedicated to creating is like a dream come true. And it’s something that I have thought about doing for so long that I can’t believe that we actually did it! My hubby was such a good sport too and quite the hunky handyman.:)
Here are two shots of the space before. We are in a split level and are lucky enough that our dining room area is a bit more elongated than the other homes in our area.  I was never quite sure what to do with the back area as you can tell by the two photos.
Before

You can see the how we built it here.

After

 What do you think of my bookcases?
 let’s get closer…
 and peek around the corner…
 Ta-da! Isn’t it exciting!!!
 My daughter even made me a sign.We still have to move the clock over the mantel and I still have lots of fussing to do. I want to put a magnetic cork board up among other things, but I couldn’t wait to finish to show you.

 it was so nice to pull stuff out of plastic tubs and have  space to put it!
 We made the shelves adjustable so that I could get bigger things on there if I needed to.

 There’s even a space for my sewing machine and canvases and tall stuff too.

 I wanted the back to blend in with the rest of the house and serve a purpose.
 …And hide the incredible mess I am capable of making. And this way if I need to spread out past my desk, the table isn’t too far away, and I don’t have to be constantly cleaning up my space.
And if for some reason I am not using the space any more, we now have a little home office or even  a place to put a reading nook. I feel like that area has more purpose.I am so glad we finally took those first steps and just did it!
Jen
P.S. For those of you that have asked; my drapes were sewn from a Thomas Paul fabric called Aviary.
*Linking to Thrifty Decor Chick 
Creations by Kara

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Comments

  1. How perfect! I love everything about it!

    Rachel
    xoxo

  2. This looks really great! It not only multiplies the uses of your space, but it defines your dining area so nicely. It has added great deal to the personality of the room- and such a simple solution!

  3. Lovely job!

    I love it when the practical becomes functional. The book case does it here, divides thenspacenand creates your creative nook!!

    xox

  4. How great. I love it.

    Have a creative day.

  5. It looks great! You created two spaces with one piece……great use of space! Enjoy your new sanctuary!
    Lorraine

  6. Nice job, it’s perfect!

  7. This is such a great use of space, Jennifer. Not only does your craft/work area look fantastic, but the dining room side is beautiful! Great job!

    XO,
    Jane

  8. Congratulations on having such a great studio space. I love it. I think it is a very clever use of the space. and looks great too!

  9. Genius! Very very nice~I think it looks wonderful!

  10. what a great space! i love the bookcase…just a great way to divide the spaces.

  11. Looks terrific! Best part is the sign over your desk. ;-) Enjoy your new space.

  12. What a nice cozy little place to create, It’s perfect You are so blessed to have a wonderful hubby to help make it happen. Enjoy

    Pattie

  13. Be still my heart! It’s so lovely! And yay for hunky, handy hubbies!

  14. That turned out fantastic, Jen! I love that you still have some openness there and that it doesn’t close off either space entirely. I really love it and I can see that you would definitely get more use out of it this way.

  15. Now that is using space creatively! It’s so good it looks like it was always meant to be there and what more could you ask for? You even have a sign that declares the space all yours!! Well done!!

  16. Great job, Jen! I love that you took an awkward space and turned it into something useful (and pretty)! Enjoy your new space!

  17. WOW! Jen that space turned out wonderful. You bookcases really create privacy for you. I smiled when I saw the sign your daughter made for you.

    I spy some bird cups I sent your way. Fun to see something from me in your home. I have a small painting of yours sitting on my dining side board and think of you every day when I pass it!
    Hugs,
    Penny

  18. Looks great, Jen! Practical, functional and pretty! 3 of my favorite things! ;o)

    Mary

  19. It looks really good. What a great idea to divide the space like that.
    I live in a split level as well. Our rooms on both sides of the house are so long…..like 29 feet long. Those with new big homes might not think that is long. Sometimes I wish I could divide the spaces, esp. in the bedroom. Hmmmmmmm, I have some ideas now.

  20. It looks so wonderful, functional, and pretty to boot! I love the sign:). Enjoy your new space!

    ~Julia

  21. Absolutely fabulous the way you recreated this room. Love it. Enjoy the day Jen… Chickie

  22. It looks wonderful, and like it was there all along! I have the exact tiered stand, and never thought of using it in that way-thanks for the idea!

  23. Looks awesome! You had me there in the beginning! I love how you can hide everything (even though it still looks good),

  24. Amazing what a cleverly creative woman and her hunky husband can create!
    Deb

  25. Wow! Never would have thought that this was going to be a little room divider too. Cool.

  26. Oh it’s beautiful and that’s so shabby too!!! It really gave me an idea for my own rental home I live in!! How pretty!!! Thank you for sharing! Hop over to my blog for a couple share’s I’ve posted!! Ciao!! xxxooo Shabby Jen

  27. Hi~~ It looks great aAND you get to enjoy a beautiful space of your own. Enjoy!!!
    ~Cheryl

  28. brilliant!

  29. Jen, you new area is awesome!! You and your hubby did an fantastic job!! Bravo!!

  30. How perfect…your own little spot. I want one!!! Looks great

  31. It looks so great and I’m glad you have your own little spot to create now!

  32. I love your new space! It’s so cozy and cute. The wall space on the other side looks great too.

  33. Wow! It looks so great! I can’t believe how much room was back there!

  34. You did a great job Jen, you are sooo handy,do you know what I could do in my house if i didn’t have to rely on my man!! Love what you did!

  35. Jason wants me to ask you if you are “for hire”

    he’s so impressed

    as am I –

    one thing is for sure, you won’t ever go hungry!! you multi-talent you!!

  36. Oh, Jennifer…this is perfect! I am currently working with my hunky (for an old guy) handyman husband to finish up out attic space to use half of it for my creative space. And the sign your daughter made is the best part!

  37. Oh my heck !! What a great space !! Wonderful makeover !! Enjoy fussing over it ! I would never want to leave !! LOL!!

  38. What a wonderful space…great job!

  39. This is fabulous. Love how you added extra wall space to the dining area as well.
    Mary Alice

  40. Oh Jen I am so thrilled for you! It looks absolutely fantastic and so brilliant! Love it!!!!!!!!
    xo,
    Lulu

  41. Just lovely….so perfect….and hiden so you can be messy if you need to be. I love it….OMG…I was so going to ask about your drapes…….(smile)……what a great reveal!

  42. This looks great! I love the way you finished the back of the bookcases-great idea.

  43. Looks amazing Jen…very much YOU..now its time to relax and enjoy it! x0

  44. I love how it turned out! What a way to turn space into very useable space! How fun to go in there now and craft away. Perfect.

    ~Shanon

  45. fantastic idea!! I love it.Tell me about the cup holder—where did you find that!

  46. Love it! Your daughter’s sign needs to be framed :-)

  47. It is every thing and more. What a perfect spot for you to unleash your creative genius! Chalk up another amazing decorating project by Jennifer Rizzo and Company! Take care sweetie and stay warm…

  48. Love it!

  49. Brilliant! Happy creating!

  50. Love everything about it!

  51. It looks so beautiful and such a great idea! Looks just like a real wall!!

  52. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  53. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  54. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  55. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  56. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  57. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  58. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  59. I love everything about your case and your space(s}! I wish to thank you for your contribution to Jeanne’s e-class. You are so inspiring,Jennifer! Your facebook input is appreciated as well!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

  60. It’s beautiful!! What an awesome solution – it’s incredibly practical and maintains the beauty of the space. I love it.

  61. AWESOME! It is so nice to have a space to be creative ~ it looks great and fits into your home so well!
    :)Heidi

  62. I love this! It’s so creative. How did you ever think of this. You clever girl.

  63. oh my goodness where is that huge mug holder from?? i’ve been looking every where for something like that!

  64. That seriously looks awesome. The beadboard… love it. It might blend even better if you added molding to the rest of the room. Just a thought! It still is fabulous as it is!

  65. WOW! This is so great!! What a perfect place to do your magic! I am jealous ;)

    Great job! I want one!

    Lou Cinda

  66. What a great space for you, Jen! I absolutely love it! Lucky you. :-)

    XOXO,
    Anne

  67. jen it’s beautiful. i am so excited for you. what a great space. and the back of it is gorgeous too. yeahhhh!!!

  68. Oh My Lanta. That whole space is gorgeous.

  69. i luv these! you did an amazing job. where did you get the mug holder from I luv it!

  70. excellent solution. I’ll make a mental note of that one!

  71. I love the whole room, simply gorgeous! I collect large clocks, where did you get that amazing clock?

  72. That is such an awesome idea, Jennifer! It looks b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.

  73. I can see why you are excited! I would be too. This is genius.

  74. Thank you SO much for this idea!

  75. I love this project. There are so many areas in my home I think this would work. What a difference it makes to have a little space of your own to work and create. And not be seen from the rest of your house. I bet you are having fun in there! Love the sign. I have one similar from my daughter when I finally carved out an area just for me. So good to raise daughters who recognize mom can work from home too, but needs her own space! If you have time, I would love to have this linked up at my party that runs through Thursday-Sunday. Starts at 2:00 PST. Thanks!

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