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Making Room, How to Style Built In's!

Elizabeth Tobin


It's time to talk built ins. We've installed built ins in many different projects and whether they're constructed around an entertainment system or keeping order in a busy family's mudroom, I'm a firm believer that the style should serve a purpose! More than ever I've been seeing gorgeous bookshelves filled with too many sculptural trinkets that may work well for a photo but don't necessarily reflect the clients needs. It's all about mixing it up! You don't ever want to ignore the clients lifestyle for the sake of styling. There's a way to marry the worlds and use your clients interests as a styling tool!

Here's some spaces where we styled floor to ceiling with practicality, play, and purpose in mind!

Family Rooms!

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It's true, framed pictures can certainly make a space more personal, and they're a great element for styling. Balancing family portraits with the art of our clients mothers gouache paintings in this family room was a fun way to work familiar colors in the heart of the familys home.


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Mudrooms are the area of the home that definitely get the most foot traffic. So whether they're a drop off for shoes and bags or sports equipment, stylish organization is key! In the top photo we kept it simple and used the bench as an opportunity to bring in some texture through pillows from SYD+SAM!

Living Rooms!

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Don't get me wrong, I love a great shelfie, but if you're client is an avid reader or book collector, show that off! Styling a bookshelf completely with books does not have to be unruly. Its a perfect opportunity to let the books bring in pops of color to the space without steering the eye away from the design.

What is your favorite way to play with built-in styling? Comment below!

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