Monday, February 22, 2010

Bookcase in the Hall

I would like to announce that Marty of has taken over hosting Tabletop Tuesday. Please join Marty and help make the event a success. I am joining her first week's hosting takeover. To see many inspiring tabletop vignettes, go see Marty and her participants. I am also excited to join Miss Mustard Seed at for Furniture Feature Friday for the first time. I think it will be a meme I would love to join regualrly since I have a lot of favorite furniture. Don't forget to visit her blog and see lots of beautiful furniture.

For a starter, I would like to share this bookshelf. DH and I spotted it while browsing through an antique shop downtown. The shop was being moved to another location so they had a lot of their items marked down considerably. We saw this big book cabinet and fell in love with it, especially the ladder. Dh always wanted a bookcase to keep his books together and I wanted one to hold a lot of my knick knacks. We tried to think of a place where we could put it because we really did not have any more space for any more furniture. Then I thought about this hallway. It is wider than usual hallways, in fact, I used to have a settee there. We took the measurement of the bookcase and went home to measure the hall wall to see if it would fit. And wouldn't you know it? It would fit perfectly! It was meant to be! So, we bought it and there it is now. I store the ladder on the side when it is not in use just so it wouldn't be in the way. After all, this is a hallway, even though hardly anybody ever goes to the back rooms, except when we have guests.

I think it is perfect there because the home office entrance is located on the opposite wall.

There you see the ladder in place when we use it. The cabinet at the end of the hall is a gun cabinet but we are not gun collectors so I took the gun shelves out and had some glass shelves installed to display my doll collection. Maybe I will showcase that some other time.

I kept the gun shelves in case I want to convert it back when my wilder side takes over, lol.

The wood is mahogany and it is solid, very heavy. The ladder hooks into a bar and you can slide it left to right or vice versa. We like the dentil crown moulding.

There is a l ittle clearance on the very top where I keep large bowls and cake and serving trays that I rarely use.

The cabinets at the bottom is where I store my table linens such as table cloths, runners, napkins and placemats.

It has a pull out shelf on each side to use as tables or desks.
Do you see my blue and white Russian Tsar and queen vodka decanters below? I moved them from the bar. I think they are safer here. I shop a lot from these vignettes to use for tablescaping.

I sure filled it up pretty quickly. Sometimes I wonder where could I have kept all these stuff before having this piece of furniture. Pretty soon, we will have to move the books out of there. Actually, I already moved out a few but I had to keep some so I can keep calling it a bookcase. LOL!
Thank you for coming by. I hope you enjoyed what I showed you today. Thanks to our gracious hostesses for hosting these 2 fun events.


Manuela@TPOH said...

What a magnificent bookcase! I just love it! You've accessorized it so charmingly!


Life Laugh Latte said...

Beautiful piece...for sure. Holly

Cindy said...

That is a magnificent shelf and it has a ladder (Swoon)! What a fabulous piece. Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. I loved the visit!

Blessings~Cindy :)

Melissa Miller said...

Christine it all looks gorgeous! Love the ladder too. How neat! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, this piece is just gorgeous and you have the most stunning accessories in it. You have them displayed beautifully also. Isn't it wonderful to have such a beautiful piece. What a lucky find. Thanks so much for joining in today. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

That is one fine piece you found there!~ I love the richness of the reminds me very much of our entertainment unit....but yours is much prettier!~ And of course all your displays look perfect there!

kim said...

Christine, that bookcase is very nice and big. Holds a lot of stuff. I am amazed at how fast mine filled up, too. I have had to thin stuff out.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful bookcase! You have such a pretty collection of accessories.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a grand bookcase! You have so many pretty things displayed there!

Looking forward to more of your vignettes in the future!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love this book case and girl I spotted the Emu egg there ha ha!! would know them any where...Love all your wonderful things you have in it girl...Thanks for sharing....Hope you have a GREAT week C/X hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a great bookcase. It is amazing how quickly you can fill up space isn't it? I love the ladder with it!

Shelia said...

Oh Christine! What a glorious bookcase! It's gorgeous and you have so many pretty things in it. I love that ladder. Oh, I wish I had room for something like this! You must have high ceilings. Just lovely, sweet friend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Really Rainey said...

Hi CHristine! That is an incredible piece of furniture! Where did you ever find it? It looks like it weighs a ton or two! I love how you have things arranged.
Really Rainey

Just Breathe said...

I am jealous, it is so beautiful.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You just have the most beautiful home, Christine!
That book case is amazing!

Mimi said...

Beautiful, beautiful piece of furniture, Christine!

Sandra said...

Beautiful bookcase and I love all your little figures and knick-knacks you have displayed. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment. Come back soon!

Nancy said...

Love your bookcase. I will say, though, I hope you have someone to dust for you, my least favorite job. Still, everything is so pretty, it probably is nice to visit them even with a cloth!

Excellent treasures and so handy for tablescaping.

Together We Save said...

That bookcase is amazing!!

alice said...

Oh I just love the ladder! It adds so much to your beautiful book shelves. Gun cabinet story is funny!
smiles, alice

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Gorgeous bookcase, Christine! I am waiting for that gun-totin' Annie Oakley in you to come out! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Christine, that is a fabulous bookcase. I love having it in the hall. Really a beauty - and beautifully decorated! Linda

Terry said...

What a beautiful bookcase. I want your ladder, I have seen them all decorated up and yours is in such great shape... but then, if it was decorated, you couldn't use it.

Have a great day Christine...Terry

Terry said...

What a beautiful bookcase. I want your ladder, I have seen them all decorated up and yours is in such great shape... but then, if it was decorated, you couldn't use it.

Have a great day Christine...Terry

DesignTies said...

Wow, the bookcase is beautiful!! And how lucky that it fits perfectly in your hallway :-) The wood is gorgeous, and the dentil moulding is such a nice touch. And love the ladder :-)

This really is an heirloom piece, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it for many years :-)


Bob West said...

Very interesting
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless;

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, these are the best photos I've seen of this piece. It is so beautiful. You probably need a ladder for ANY shelves, so I'm sure that comes in handy as well as being so good looking! laurie

Suesue said...

Hi again Christine! Now you know I LOVE this gorgeous mahogany bookcase - and the ladder too!

It is funny how we can fill up a new piece in no time flat! You have everything looking so pretty in it too.

Take care! Sue

xinex said...

Thanks for coming and for your comment, Suesue. I wanted to email you but the address is in my desktop at home so I hope you will come back to read this....Christine

vignette design said...

What a beautiful bookcase. I would love something like this in my home since I have way to many books! My granddaughter is doing fine. How is your grandson? Isn't it fun?

Queenie said...

Hey Christine!
The bookshelf is so pretty and you have the perfect spot there in the hallway...lots of wonderful space for storage, books and your pretties too. :)
I'm so glad that you could see the post I did this week, (brings back memories doesn't it?) I knew you'd love it, though I know she's probably already sent you pictures by email too. It was so fun putting together the post of her home tour...I'm so glad she allowed me to share her home on my was a pleasure doing so....she has always soooo inspired me too. I'll have part 2 of the post up this coming Monday, so be sure to stop over then.

Hope you have a great week!
Big Hugs,

Tootsie said...

I have always wanted a library case with a ladder like that. I also wish I had a ladder that worked this way in my greenhouse...short people need these things don't they? lol
lovely home as seeing little peeks inside!

PAT said...

Wonderful bookcase, Christine. I would have brought it home, too!:-)

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Well thanks very I am green with envy. I have been looking for an inexpensive library ladder and here you are, with a great buy on a ladder and a beautiful bookcase. LOL. Looks gorgeous and I'll have to jump back from time to time to covet your find...hope you don't mind a library ladder stalker (but I am a nice one)!

Denise Marie said...

I'd love to have a nook like that!! I love the floor and all the wood and always love those ladders in the kitchen or bookcase. Don't you feel well read when you walk by. My big, giant cloche came from North Carolina furniture market for like $75 (I think) several yrs ago.

sanjeet said...

You've accessorized it so charmingly!

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FEDERICA said...

Just found your beautiful blog! :-)
Greetings from Italy!

FEDERICA said...

Just found your beautiful blog! :-)
Greetings from Italy!

Mary said...

It is a grand bookcase, Christine. Your treasures look beautiful on its shelves. Have a grand day.

Bill said...

Hi Christine,
What a magnificent bookcase! I'm glad it found a happy home with you. You obviously needed it for storing pieces from your tablescaping "arsenal." Speaking of weapons ... any idea when your wilder side will be coming out??? ;)

Poor DH. As you bring home more and more tablescaping "pretties" ... well, he's going to need a bookcase ... for BOOKS! LOL! You know I'm kidding, right? Sort of ... ;)

Warmest regards,

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Looks great, the wood is so warm and the accessories are great.

Leann said...

So beautiful and in excellent condition!


Patriotic Mom said...

I bet this is wonderful to showcase all your pretty things. My husband too likes bookshelves but we haven't any room. As the saying goes, "where there is a will, there is a way". I can tell you look at life that way too. I'm glad you were able to find a place for this pretty and functional piece of furniture. Joan

Low Tide High Style said...

Your bookcase is perfect for your hallway. I love how you can showcase so many of your pretty things and still have room for books. It certainly was meant to be!

Kat :)

Angie said...

You scored big time! I would love to have a piece like that!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful piece of furniture!

I hope you will stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love that bookcase, especially the library ladder. What a fantastic find and a beautiful piece of furniture. I look forward to seeing the other pieces in your home!

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