{Decor} NC Home Tour Part I – Expedit Bookcase

Gwyneth and I are delighted to finally be finished unpacking boxes from our big move, and over the next few days we’ll share how we’ve set up our new place! As you’ll see in today’s post and the ones that follow, we experimented with using our NYC furniture in new ways so our North Carolina space would feel different and special, but we’d still be surrounded with the things that we love.

We’re starting with our favorite part today – our Expedit bookcase from Ikea! In NYC we used the bookcase as a room divider and for some much needed storage, but because we actually have more closet space and a bedroom with a door in our new space, we got to have even more fun styling it. Here’s where we netted out!

Expedit Bookcase Styling

The three frames hanging above the Expedit are also Ikea goodies. They’re the Large Ribba Frame, and we used scrapbook paper in three coordinating patterns for some extra-affordable art. We love how the neutral colors add a little dimension without being too busy with everything else we have going on. (Leopard and gold giraffe prints are neutrals; don’t ever forget it!)

Expedit Bookcase Styling

In NYC, the Knipsa Baskets held clothing that didn’t fit in our tiny closet, but now that we have a proper walk in (hallelujah), we’re using them to store supplies for the projects we have on the horizon. (Or more accurately put, the fifty projects we’ve started and need to finish!)

And speaking of unfinished projects, one five minute improvement we can’t seem to get around to making is to create small backers for inside the baskets, so each has a consistent front. (For now, you’re getting a glimpse at the piles of sewing projects we’re sweet talking my Mom into helping us with.) In addition to the backers for the baskets, our “NC Home Improvement” list has several other five minute to-do’s that we’d love to have finished before sharing photos with you. But we’re keeping it real here and sharing our space, endless imperfections and all. We can’t hold it in any longer; and more importantly, if we waited until it was finished, we’d be waiting forever!

Expedit Bookcase with DIY Overlays

Another item on “The List” is to address the right end of the bookcase. When we used the Expedit as a room divider in our NYC apartment, only one of the ends was exposed. Now that you can see both ends, we’re thinking we should pick up a few more overlays from My Overlays, give them a shot of the same Krylon Metallic Spray Paint and add them to the other side. Don’t you think?

Expedit Bookcase Styling

We kept the same mini vignette we had in NYC with our Pottery Barn ceramic bird, The Domino Book of Decorating and Design Sponge at Home. Partly because we love mixing pretty hardcover books and home accessories, but mainly because we reference these two reads almost daily.

Ram Antlers and I Believe In Pink Print

To the left of the bookcase, we have two of our other favorite finds for the home – our Ram Head from Z Gallerie (a must-have home accessory for any UNC fan!) and our I Believe In Pink Print from Etsy.

That’s all for now, but we can’t wait to share the rest of our new space with you! Stay tuned for more coming later this week!

Gwyneth In Front of Expedit Bookcase

But in the meantime, don’t you agree Gwyneth deserves a few extra treats for all her unpacking and decorating?

xoxo,

Meredith & Gwynnie

Comments

  1. Love everything! And yes, Gwyneth deserves a special treat!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      A big thank you from both of us! And Gwyneth especially – she has been treated a little extra today for all her hard work!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwynie

  2. Gwyneth did a super fabulous job! Looks perfect and I just love that shot of Gwynnie at the end of the post. Too cute!

    :) Linda

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much! Gwyneth is so funny – she sees the camera come out and assumes it’s time to model. I have her trained!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwyneth

  3. What a good helper!!! I have this bookshelf in black – I love what you did with it!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you, Niki! Isn’t it amazing?!? Probably our best home purchase to date! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwyneth

  4. Looking beautiful!!

  5. Matllda Joyce says:

    Your bookcase is so colorful and cheerful! Is this in your bedroom, or another room?
    Gwyneth always deserves an extra treat!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Hi Matilda! Thank you! This is in our main living area – kind of in between the home office space we carved out & the living room! We’ll be sharing more over the next few days, so you’ll get a better idea of the layout once we share the living room. (But we’ve got to finish up a few last things & clean it before we can post it!!)

      xoxo,
      mk & G

  6. it looks great! :) when i move again this is one thing on my must have list! i have so many ikea hacks i want to do too.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Elle, we thought about this one before pulling the trigger WAY too long. It was such a great buy – can’t recommend it highly enough. And we’re with you – so many great Ikea finds out there – we can’t wait for you see tomorrow’s post….there are a few ideas in there that we’re looking forward to bouncing off everyone!

      xoxo,
      mk & G

  7. Looks great – I am anxious to see what you did with the rest of your place!

    -Colleen F.
    http://www.districtsouth.com

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you, Colleen! We can’t wait to share it! Just a few more things to finish up & a marathon cleaning session, and then we’ll post the other areas! We’re so excited to finally be set up!!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwynnie

  8. Looks great!! Love it!!

  9. Love the bookcase styling, and the photo of Gwyneth is adorable!

  10. Adore! This looks fabulous; so crisp and clean but still fun. Love it!

    shineisntalwaysshimmer.blogspot.com

  11. Very nicely styled.

  12. Really enjoyed the tour, looking forward to your next post! Keep up the fabulous work.

  13. Just love that and how you decorated it! I have to look for the Design Sponge book.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you, Rondell! We just love the Design Sponge book! Can’t recommend it highly enough!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwynnie

  14. LOVE the overlays and the pink art! You’re making this new place into a home-great job!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Amy, how are we just now seeing this sweet comment? Our apologies for the delay in response – we’re mortified! But thank you! Another Overlays project coming soon, so stay tuned!!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwynnie

  15. Your new place looks great and Gwynnie should get all the treats her heart desires.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Kim, thank you! Can’t believe we missed this until now – so sorry!
      Do not worry – Gwyneth has definitely been treated since you posted the comment!
      Hope you are having a wonderful week!

      xoxo,
      mk & Gwynnie

  16. Hello! This is beautiful!! Wondering where you got the wicker baskets? Such a perfect fit!!

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