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Window Seat, Built In Bookcases Reveal

Ever since we moved into our home almost 7 years ago, I had always wanted a window seat.  There was this perfect little place in the living room to the left of the gas fireplace.  I had a chair sitting in front of the window that nobody ever sat in. During the Christmas season, we always had to move the chair to make room for the tree.  I wanted my window seat!  I was on a mission. 

I started searching around the internet and found fireplaces/living room layouts similar to mine.  As I was looking, I realized I could have built-in bookcases to the right of the fireplace.  There were lots of inspiration pieces (this was last year, before pinterest).  I found a few and printed them out.

We have a friend that does amazing woodworking projects, so we approached him with the project.  He took a look at the space and looked at the pictures I had given him and said, “I can make this, no problem.”  He took the measurements and left.  A week later, he showed us the drawings and gave us a material list and cost breakdown.  We paid him to purchase the materials and off he went.  Once the project was completed, we paid him for his awesome services!

Bob (our friend) is so good at what he does, that he built the pieces in his basement and then brought them over and installed them with a perfect fit!

Before Photo’s

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Please ignore the dog’s behind Smile


Installed (before adding decorative touches):  Note:  The window seat opens for ample storage for blankets! 


before decoration

Decorative Pillows and seat pad.  My neighbor made the seat pad and I got the pillows on clearance at Pier One.

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Added favorite books, albums, and photo’s

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Bob even addd lighting above the top shelf - looks really cool at night!

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Completed Project!

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Thank you Bob, what an awesome job!!

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-Lisa said…
Hi Tam,
Love this. So crisp and organized. What a great use of space. Thanks for sharing.
Tam said…
Thanks Lisa - it took a long time to get them, but I finally got my long awaited space!
Wowww! What an amazing look... props to you and Bob for making it happen! I love that added touch of light. It makes such a difference :)

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