Built-in Book Shelves for the Upstairs Family Room

Welcome to the 31st Metamorphosis Monday!

My Met Monday post is a little different this week. The “After” hasn’t occurred yet, but I thought I’d share my “Before” and my “After Wish” with you, just in case it gives you some ideas for a similar area in your home.

This is the view as you enter from the hallway into my Upstairs Family Room. (To see more of this room, click here: Β Upstairs Family Room.) You can’t see it very well in this pic, but off to the right of the window seat is a back stairway that takes you down to the 2nd level. It a great escape route when you find yourself downstairs in the kitchen in your nightie and the front door bell rings…or when you need to make a dash down to the laundry room and don’t want to flash the neighbors who just happen to be walking by the front of your home.

Create Upstairs Family Room from Bonus Room 2

Here’s a little better view…the stairway goes down to a landing, turns and then continues on down.

Back Staircase, Great for Built in Shelves 1

See that slanted section of wall there on the left side of the stairway, just beyond the plant stand?

Back Staircase, Great for Built in Shelves

Do you have an area like this in your home? I’ve thought of hanging some family photos or pictures there, but then I found an inspiration picture online.

Back Staircase, Great for Built in Shelves

Check out the small, slanted section of wall over on the other side of the room…what do you think? I’d love to remove that piece of baseboard molding that runs along the lower part of my wall and have bookshelves installed…something along the lines of what you see below. The organization freak inside of me loves the idea of creating storage, where before there was none! Β Is there a spot in your home where you could add some unexpected storage/bookshelves?

Bookcase for back stairs

If I ever get the “After” done, you know I’ll post it for a Metamorphosis Monday!

Looking forward to seeing your Before and Afters! Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment to be included in the drawing for Mr. Rooster!
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  1. Marianne@Songbirdisnesting says

    Congratulations on you bloggiverseray! And I am thrilled that I not only was able to participate in your Met Monday for the first time but ended up as the first entry!
    And of course I am a follower and a subscriber, how else could I keep up!
    Have a nice week.

  2. Susan, Enter me in the drawing, and I'm a follower, too. Love the idea of book shelves. In my opinion, there is no such thing as too many book shelves. Love the idea of nooks and crannies! Linda

  3. Ashley @ AshleysBusy says

    Congratulations!! That's a wonderful feat.

  4. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says

    I love the idea of turning an unused space into a bookshelf! That is a terrific idea!

  5. Glenda/MidSouth says

    More bookshelf space sounds good – but I like it like it is also. Love that stained glass piece!

  6. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Also meant to say thanks for hosting again.

  7. Jadehollow says

    Congrats on the Blogiversary! I'm a long time follower as well.
    Have a great week!

  8. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    I'm always looking for places to put books. I have tons. I love the idea of putting them there with the stairs.

    By, the way, I'm a follower and big fan!


  9. Susan,

    Happy Blogoversary! The inspiration pic is just that…LOVE the bookshelves concept.

    I am a SUBSCRIBER to your blog and appreciate the opportunity to view your beautiful home at the click of a button.

  10. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us.

    I guess you'd call me a Follower. I don't have a blog, but I get a daily "lift" from visiting yours!

    [email protected]

  11. Hi Susan,
    Your "before" looks warm, cozy, and friendly. You're fortunate to have the back staircase for additional convenience and privacy. Reminds me of TV shows and movies I watched as a kid that were set in houses with "secret passageways!" I think the idea of adding shelving for books, etc. is brilliant! Looking forward to seeing the project as it develops.

    Congratulations on the wonderful things you've accomplished in one short year! You're definitely an amazing and very special lady!!!

  12. Love your blog. Dianne

  13. Enchanted Rose Studio says

    Susan, those built-in shelves shown in your inspiration room would look fabulous.

    You are a darling for holding a week long giveaway! Darling tassle, goes well with my post ha! Not only am I a follower, I gave you a shout out on my PS post yesterday ha!

    Thanks for hosting MM and thank you for being such an inspiration to us all.


  14. I think that's grand idea about the bookshelves. But then I just LOVE bookshelves. How deep would it have to be? Thank you for entering my name for the rooster tassel. I'm a follower and also a subscriber of BNOTP. Have a great Monday Susan!!

  15. sharonavinger says

    I'm a follower, Susan. The bookcase idea looks great and I can visualize it already! I can also visualize that tassal hanging in my kitchen! Tee hee. Good luck with your project.

  16. Susan, love your idea! The more shelves/bookcases in a home the better. It gives you added space to display the wonderful things you find when out and about shopping. You have such great shopping sources in your area. I don't have a Met Monday to share this week. Instead I'm sharing a little Blue for Blue Monday. Not much time around here to devote to transforming things. πŸ™‚
    Your Rooster Tassel is fabulous! You can enter me as a follower and as a subscriber to your feed.
    Looking forward to the celebration week. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
    Hugs ~ hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

  17. Tamara Jansen says

    I certainly DO have a slanted roof area that I have no idea what to do with……this suggestion would be PERFECT!!!! Right now I store stuff there but only in boxes. I can see a lovely low book shelf there. I may stop bumping my head on that slanted roof as well if I put shelves there.

    You are a genius!

  18. Lynn Osborne says

    Congratulations on the blogoversary. Thanks for the chance to win the tassel. It is darling. I don't know if I am a follower or a subscriber but I get all of your posts in my Google Reader. What is the difference?

  19. salmagundi says

    Great idea! I'm always looking for a way to add more storage, too. Sally

  20. That is a great way to use the wasted space. Looking forward to the make over.
    I am a follower and really enjoy coming to visit every day.

  21. Susan, your home is just remarkable! The decorating is stunning. And I know whatever you decide will delight us all! Thanks for hosting these wonderful events in which we all love to take part. Oh and yes, I follow your blog as well.

  22. YOur room is gorgeous and bookcases would be wonderful in that spot. My only question is how would you reach the ones on the down side? It's a great idea though. Yes I am a follower and have been for quite a while. Love your blog. Always full of such inspiration. The rooster tassel is just stunning. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  23. Great post Susan,
    That bedroom with the water view is an inspiration alright! I like the bookcase idea too. I am a follower and I get the feed too! Congrats again, Cindy

  24. how about adding that picture window and the ocean in the background?? that's what i want! =) i think that's a great idea for your space! i love shelves & organization, too.

  25. Enter me please and I faithfully follow you daily!!! You have given so much to all of us, thank you!!!

  26. Susan @ Not the Good Scissors! says

    Every house needs an escape route. LOL! Congratulations on your blogiverssary (I know I butchered the spelling πŸ˜‰ ). I don't have any suggestions for you. Geez I am no help. Honestly, I have been at the park all day and I am delirious from the heat! It was hot! I really just wanted to stop and say Hi!
    Hugs, Sue

  27. I love the bookshelf idea! I'm all about built in bookshelves whether for books or for decor!

  28. Pam @ This Humble House says

    I love your family room! It looks so warm and inviting! I think your bookcase idea would be great! Please enter me in the giveaway! I am a follower of your blog, too!

    Happy Blogiversary!

  29. I love your choice of inspiration room. I think you could definately accomplish the same "feel" in the space you have

  30. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Happy Blogiversary — I'm a follower and I would love for you to count me in! Love those tassels – but mostly, I love to visit your porch every week! Thanks Susan, for all your inspiration for us all.

  31. Hi Susan
    Congratulations on your one year blogoversary! I have really enjoyed reading your blog this past year. I am a follwer and I also subscribe to your feed. I'd love to win that tassel. She makes such cute ones. I think the bookshelves area great idea!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  32. What a beautiful room! I want to grab a book, some ice tea and plop right down. I wouldn't change a thing, gorgeous!

  33. Graceful Moments says

    Congratulations on your 1 year blogoversary!

    Great idea for your staircase area.

    I am a relatively new (month or so) follower of your blog and really enjoy it. You inspire me!

  34. I follow your blog Susan. I just love it-especially Met Monday. Congrats on the blogoversary and here's to many more πŸ™‚

    Vail in TN

  35. mustard seeds says

    Susan, Congrats on your blogversary. I love your blog. It is on my daily read list. i am a follower and subscriber on my AOL. I collect roosters, and would LOVE to win that tassel. Keep blogging.

  36. Susan…I'm always looking for places to put more books. I think the bookcase is a great idea. I am a follower and especially love the Met Mondays!
    Elaine πŸ™‚

  37. Funny that you should mention adding bookcases. I have a spot in my back hallway where I am going to add a build in bookcase. I think it will look much nicer than the cheap bookcase I have there now.

    I'll be interested in seeing if you are able to accomplish what you want. Can't tell from the picture if your space is deep enough without encroaching on the stairwell. But I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out.

    If I win that rooster tassle, LBeau will just have to forget about his "no more farm animals" rule. And I've been a follower ever since I found BNOTP.

  38. I love my back staircase too! I have been a follower for a long time and just subscribed to the feed, so please put my name in the hat!

  39. Blue Creek Home says

    The bookcases sound great. And what a view you have…gorgeous!

    The rooster tassel is so cute.
    I am already a follower.

  40. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese says

    Congratulations on your Blogoversary! I love the photographs on your blog and yes I am a follower too. Love the rooster tassle!

  41. Yes, I definitely think that an inbuilt bookcase would look great in that spot…, as long as it's not in the way.

  42. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Hi Susan ~ Happy Blogoversary! I am a follower of your blog already, and just as an added thing I do, I'll be putting your giveaways on the side bar of my blog. I've purchased a tassel from Angela and I love it! This one is just lovely!

    I love the nooks and crannies in your inspiration picture, and if you can do that in your area, I think it would add some interest plus be a nice place to put books and add some new accessories!

  43. Dana and Daisy says

    Susan, I love that wall of windows and balcony off this room in the attic. I wonder of I could do that in my studio?

    Happy 1 year anniversary! I am so impressed with your success in 1 year! I figured you had been blogging a long time to have so many readers.

    I would be tickled to win the tassel, and I also subscribe to your RSS feed via blogger's feed proxy. (is that what it is called, lol!)

  44. Sandi (Meme) says

    Susan, Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your anniversary. It is because of YOU that I began blogging in January. I had been looking at RMS, and saw the photos of your fantastic screened in porch, followed you here after that,and became a faithful follower IMMEDIATELY. Hope you have a fun week, you are SO generous.

  45. I just recently found your blog and have been following daily. I especially love the tablescapes. I just now signed up as a follower. Thanks and I enjoy your inspiration.

  46. Congrats on the 1 year anniversary!

    I'm a follower and subscriber and I check your blog for updates every morning!

    I've been eyeing those wonderful tassels. πŸ™‚

  47. The shelf idea is a great one! I also really like your plant stand.

    Happy Blogaversary! I am a follower as well.

  48. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    This looking storage idea looks great! I have a stairway like this but my house is over 100 + years so it is too narrow to do this- I am thinking about a bunch of old frames going up the stairway- have to paint first!!

    Please enter me- I am a F and S!


  49. Susan@The Cozy Chickadee says

    It's been too long since I've participated, I'm glad to be back!
    Cheers, Susan

  50. I think adding shelves would be a great use for that space! Your house is fabulous.

    And that rooster would look terrific in my kitchen! I'm a follower and look forward to your posts.

  51. Southern Aspirations says

    Congrats! Happy Blogiversary! I'm so excited to be able to participate in MM today! Oh, and I am a follower!

  52. Congrats on your blogaversary! Yours was one of my very first blog addictions, and I always enjoy the Met Monday posts. Your bookcase idea sounds great and will be a beautiful and functional home improvement. Thank you for the give-aways this week! Please enter me for the tassel drawing. — Dorothy

  53. I think some bookcases would fit in nicely there. Can't wait to see what you do with the space.

    I'm a follower!

  54. Happy Blogiversary Susan!

    An upstairs family room? how nice!! You're probably the only one I know that has a "before" look that would be everyone else's dream "after" look. However, I do love your inspiration photo. The look is totally Susan!


  55. Marsha's Mpressions says

    Susan, great idea to put a bookcase here. I am looking forward to seeing it completed! Please enter me in the contest and I am a Follower. Most definitely! πŸ™‚

  56. Congrats! and I'm a follower for sure…love the idea of putting books in that area…you can NEVER have too many places to stash books I say

  57. Happy Anniversary Susan
    Love your cozy upstairs. I love it the way it is.
    Thank you for hosting.
    Please give my spot to some lucky lady.
    Have a great week
    Love Claudie

  58. abnsigoslady says

    I am a follower and I love Met Monday. Laura @the mansion

  59. imjacobsmom says

    Susan, that would be a perfect spot for bookshelves! Who couldn't could use all of the storage you could get….Happy Blogoversary! ~ Robyn

  60. Wow! Congrats on one year. Love, love, love this site!! The tassel is really cute. Thanks for all you do and for the inspiration you bring to us.

  61. Fantastic idea! I can already see it. I follow your blog and am delighted by every post. **Blows kisses** Deborah

  62. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! The rooster tassel is so cute! Please enter my name, and I'm also a follower of your blog!

    The bookshelf will be great!


  63. southerninspiration says

    Wow, congrats on your anniversary! You are such a good blogger,I thought for sure you'd been around a whole lot longer than I have. Mine is up and coming, too!
    I am both a follower and a subscriber! And I love coming to your blog!!


  64. santamaker says

    Hi Susan, Oh girl, puhleeze let me win that rooster tassel. You KNOW I'd give it the bestest home ever!
    YOur loyal follower,
    Santamaker Rose

  65. Your blog is so inspiring. I especially enjoy the pics of your porch and tablesettings. I would love to have the rooster tassell come live at my house. Carolyn S.

  66. Melissa Miller says

    Susan what a great idea for a storage spot! I can't wait to see what you do here. Your family room is very bright and beautiful. It's a very happy place you can tell.

    Sign me up for that precious rooster! I just adore Angela's work and have ordered from her many times over. I've also been a follower of your blog since day one my friend. I just love visiting here. You make us all feel welcome and like we have known you for years.

    Have a blessed week.
    ~Warmly, Melissa πŸ˜‰

  67. Sometimes its good to be a follower! So I am. I love these tassels. Could give me some ideas to personalize a very dull white kitchen. And congratulations! One whole year is amazing for all you post and share, thank you!

  68. Congratulations! Please enter me in your giveaway. I am a follower too!

  69. Sharing with Sherri says

    Hi Susan,

    Happy Blogiversary! Your yellow room is so warm and inviting. I really love your plantstand shown in the photos!

    Please include me in your drawing for that adorable rooster tassel! I've got just the perfect spot for it!

    Your faithful follower!

  70. Empty Nest Full Life says

    Congratulations! and I would love to win the rooster tassel and know right where I would put it. Got to go check out the met monday posts. Jackie

  71. Fifi Flowers says

    Happy Blogaversary! I LOVE that last photo… I want that room!!!

  72. Hi, Susan,
    I think you have a great idea for the bookcase. I love that inspiration pic.
    Please enter me in your giveaway.
    I'm am a follower. πŸ™‚


  73. Hi Susan: Congratualtons on your bloggiversary!!! Very exciting. Yes, I'm a follower.
    But more importantly, I love your idea for the book shelves on the back stairs. How luck you are to have back stairs. I've always loved them. You make me laugh about being caught in your nightie, but it's so true. My stairs are smack dab in the front entry and I don't have any back stairs so I'd be caught!
    Again, happy bloggiversary.
    – The Tablescaper

  74. fiberdoodles says

    Hi Susan,

    What an exciting week! I would love a chance to win that lovely tassel. A girl can never have enough roosters πŸ˜‰

    I am a follower, a subscriber and I also follow your tweets (does that count?)

    Have a great day & see you tomorrow πŸ˜‰


  75. ImagineCozy says

    Susan, you always have such inspiring photos. I will be so interested in what you decide to do for the "after".

    Thank you for hosting such a great party. I especially love before and afters.


  76. I love the idea of bookshelves. Don't forget to add a plug in or two for some of those cute decorative lamps, either that or spot lighting so as to make that a truly intersting spot with some soft lighting.

    I visit your blog almost weekly and always enjoy your inspirations! Maybe one day I'll try a blog. Blessings, Toni

  77. The Clines says

    Mr. Rooster would look wonderful at my house! I am already a Subscriber.

  78. longing for lovely says

    Happy Blogoversary Week!
    Your blog is what got me interested in doing it myself! (though I must say I have a looooong way to go) πŸ™‚
    I am a follower and will be here with bells on all week!


  79. Twice Remembered says

    Oh, I can't wait to see the "After" and what you came up with! It's a beautiful area that will look even better after you've added that special touch!

  80. Embellished Bayou says

    (F) This is my first time participating in Met Monday, thanks for hosting us, how fun! I'm now a follower!

  81. Happy blogiversary! Enjoy your blog!

  82. I love your blog and am a follower. I check it everyday to see if you have added anything. This is a great idea as a place to put more books and we all need that. I do not have a blog of my own but I am [email protected]

  83. Hey!! First of all congrats on your blogoversary!! Time flies doesn't it!! I am a follower and love participating in your parties!! I like your idea for the bookcase. If you go that route I absolutely know the project will come out great!! Hugs!!

  84. Claudia@DipityRoad says

    Well deserved Blog-anniversary (sp?) Such wonderful information and inspiration.

    I cant wait to see your AFTER.

    Most sincerely…

    TTFN~~Claudia β™₯ β™₯

  85. Hi Susan and Happy Blogaversary!!
    Still love your blog as much as I did when I first found it!! Always such a delight to visit!! I do follow and would love to win that rooster tassel!! So…PICK ME!! LOL!!

    Bookshelves in that space would be awesome!! I need to think a little more out of the box like that!!

    Have a wonderful week!

  86. I always need more bookshelves! I am a follower, so sign me up for the drawing. I adore that little rooster tassle.

  87. Susan, always love seeing your home. Lately been showing my hubby your porch add on redo photos so we can get ideas for when we redo our deck area.
    Congrats on your bloggiversary also! Please enter me in your generous give away, I am an F for follower!
    Enjoy Met Monday!

  88. Joanie @ The Bright Side says

    Hi Susan,
    I am so excited! This is my first Met. Monday! I just love Between Naps, your home is so beautiful. Your posts are very inspiring and I can't wait to check out everyone else's contributions to Met. Monday. Thanks for sharing!

  89. Really Rainey says

    Great Met Monday Susan! Now you have me thinking of built in's tucked in somewhere…
    Have a great week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  90. Hi Susan, we're joining in for our 1st Met Monday, looks like fun. Now I'm off to check out the rest of your house pix. Fab trunk you have there. Clever idea with the bookshelves πŸ™‚ Jane T.

  91. Congratulations on you blogversary. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. You are also on my google reader list. Does that count as another entry?

    Please come over and enter my clock giveaway as well.

    I also loved the shelf idea. Can't wait to see your after picture.

  92. That looks very nice…I can definitely understand your wanting to do the bookshelves!

    Happy Blogaversary, Susan! What a darling giveaway! I, too, am an avid follower!

  93. Lilia@2browneyedbeauties says

    Hi Susan and thank you for hosting MM. I am so excited to be part of your blog world, thank you for the inspiration.

  94. Susan, I have a backstair way too. I can't wait to see your's finished!
    Happy Blogiversary!
    I am a "F" and a "S"!!
    Donna in Alabama

  95. Oh, I collect chickens and roosters and that tassel is adorable!

  96. Kitty Scraps says

    I can't wait to see your after pictures! You have such a beautiful home! I have a place all picked out for that adorable rooster tassel *smiles*

  97. Congratulations on one year of blogging, Susan. And, thank you for creating a place that we all enjoy.

    The giveaways sound like so much fun, and I am a follower.

    I like your before idea. My son has been wanting to do something similar in his home.

  98. Suzann @ The Olive Cottage says

    Happy Happy blogiversary!

    I, of course, have been a follower for forever!

    Awesome idea and inspiration… now where could I do something that amazing????

  99. Carol @ The Roseberry Cottage says

    Congratulations on you bloggiverseray! I just found your blog and I love it. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  100. Well, who wouldn't want a TasselHouse tassle to come live with them! I'm not as net suavvy as you and my other favorite bloggers but I do drop by everyday to check out all your fabulous ideas. Congrats on your blogversary
    I'd have thought you had invented the whole thing!!
    love karen

  101. Happy Blogversary!

  102. The Pleasures of Homemaking says

    Congrats on your blogoversary Susan! That tassel is adorable and how wonderful to celebrate everyday with a giveaway! I subscribe through Bloglines.


  103. The idea of book storage would look great in that area. A F and S
    to betweennapsontheporch.

  104. I am a loyal follower and love your blog. You and I have the same tastes, and I often chuckle because our houses are very similar in many, many ways.

  105. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with all of us! Please enter me in your drawing, I am an "F and S"! Thanks, Lorie Stephenson [email protected]

  106. I love your idea!! I also have a thing for creating storage where there was none before. Although mine is a bit less creativity and more necessity. I would love to have a stairway like that!! It is wonderful!! Yes, I am a follower. How could I not be? You have such wonderful ideas!! :0)

  107. Hi Susan,

    Congratulations on your anniversary!! What a fun way for us all to celebrate!

    I like your ideas of adding a bookshelf. Keep us posted on your progress.

    Please enter me in your giveaway. I have ordered from Angela too, I love her tassels! I'm a F and S with your blog.

  108. Totally love the idea!! We had a cape cod years ago that had an upper level family room with slanted walls and my hubby made the most wonderful built in book shelves in that area!!
    I am a Subscriber! not sure if I am a follower??? But I most definately love your blog!

  109. What a great idea!!! I am trying to decide what to put on the walls going up my stair way

  110. Florida Sue says

    I love the extra space for the books Susan, it looks like it would be just the ticket. Your room looks as every bit cozy as your porch..but then of course it does! I have your mentor button on my blog.

    Devoted Follower Sue XO

  111. Lady Katherine says

    Susan, I love the shelves in the alcove! Yes, remove the molding and go for it! I got my book shelves up for the library, now got to finish the mantle and stain all of it. I loving it! I love the idea, can't wait to see your project! Of course I am a follower! lol

  112. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says

    Hurray for your blogoversary! You've achieved a lot in one year. Congratulations on all of your much-deserved success, Susan. I'm so glad I found your blog. Not only am I a follower, but I consider you a friend. πŸ™‚

  113. Love the idea a book shelves. it would be perfect there. I don't know how deep the ledge is but I've done built ins for clients that are only 8 in deep. I just did a tutorial last Friday on library display.

  114. lynnmosher says

    Congrats on your blogoversary! I l-o-v-e your site! Makes my eyes and heart very happy! I'm a follower and receive your emails. Love the bookshelf idea as well! Happy celebration!

  115. Margaret's Ramblings says

    Please enter me as well Susan. I am a follower and have you listed on my 'Daily Reads' on my blog. Just want to say what many have said before, it's a great blog.


  116. Susan Congrats! Love your blog and yes I am a s and f. Can't wait to see what you do all week. Love your pics and house. Thanks, Lena

  117. Congratulations on your anniversary! OMG i'm delighted I found your blog. and Yes i'm a followerer and yes i need the rooster tassel.. thanks for the chance towin.:)

  118. I just love the idea of putting bookshelves there! (I could never, ever, EVER have enough bookshelves in my house!) I have you in my Google Reader and I'm following you now as well πŸ™‚

    P.S. Your family room is lovely. Makes me want to curl up with a book and some tea πŸ™‚

  119. Congratulations Susan! I love your blog and learn something every time I visit. πŸ™‚

    I am a follower of your blog too!

  120. Design Junkie says

    I love the inspiration photo–I'd love to find a space to do some inset bookcases. Thanks for hosting Metamorphasis Monday–it's always so much fun.

  121. Love your blog…………I check in EVERY morning! Would love to win the tassel. ss

  122. BLOG CRAZY! says

    I am so silly I posted mine first accidentally to the tablescape party. Whoops sorry new to this it's my first one!

  123. Atelier de Charo says

    Happy Blogoversary week, itΒ΄s so cute.
    I'm your follower, you have great inspirational ideas.
    Love the idea of bookshelves.

  124. Katie Kubler says

    F&S! I'm a big fan of the blog!!!

  125. Congrats! Enjoy reading your post. Like you, I hate "wasted space"–lol. Mr. Rooster is adorable. I subscribe to the email posts so I don't miss any of your great ideas. CJ

  126. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says

    Congratualtions…you hav a fabulous blog…and I am a follower….and have encourged others to follow also.

  127. Susan, you are so generous to have a giveaway everyday!

    I love this tassel – actually I love all her tassels. Thanks to you, I found her sight and just purchased my first tassel from her two weeks ago. It is just lovely!

    I am also a follower – F

    Thanks again!

  128. I've been reading your blog for ages but just became a "follower." I love that rooster tassel. Your home is so lovely.
    Hugs, Susan

  129. Susan-Please enter me into your drawing. I am a follower of your blog and look forward to reading each post. I love the idea of the bookshelves! In my opinion you can never have too many books.

  130. I love the bookcase idea. I am a faithful follower of your blog. Please enter me in the giveaway. I just got a rooster tassel from the Tassel House last week and I love it!

  131. My dear, you should be writing a book either on tablescapes or decorating or both. I've never seen such talent coming from such a delightful young woman. I never "blogged" until I got my new computer and stumbled upon your website. I'm extremely impressed with your talents. JL PS: Try half.com for your decorating/tablescaping books. Way cheap. Subscriber

  132. great idea on the extra storage! I love the rooster tassel. I have just the place for him..BTW I am a follower. Love your blog.

  133. Susan, whatever you decide to do will turn out fabulous! You have an exquisite taste when it comes to show casing your lovely items πŸ™‚
    Please enter me in your giveaway. I am a faithful follower and subscriber. I eagerly await for your next post to see what you have in store next.
    Nothing would make me happier, than to be fortunate enough to win the cute little rooster tassel. Happy blogoversary!!!

  134. susan , Congratulations on one year. I didn't find you until about 6 months ago but have gone back and read all the older post. You are awesome.
    follower and subscriber.

  135. Hi Susan! Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!! I signed up to be a "follower" and hope that it worked. I feel so lucky to have met you through your fabulous blog and I ALWAYS look forward to each and every entry.


  136. Cathy Miller says

    Oh, I want that tassel!! And you know I'm a follower of this sweet blog! Congratulations and please, please, please choose me!!

  137. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Hi Susan~ ~ ~Thanks for the rooster tassel. He really needs to come and live at my house as I love roosters but I only own one. So sad.
    Good luck with your book shelves I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your successful project getting started very soon.
    "Following" you and I just put the following gadget on my site too.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  138. Oh, how I would love to have a little nook like that for books. I would also love to have that tassle. Congrats on your anniversary, I subscribe and follow!

  139. Susan, I plan to order one of the
    tassels in the near future. She
    really does a beautiful job. I am
    a Follower of your blog and love it. Thanks for the chance to win
    something even tho I do not blog.
    [email protected]

  140. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Hope to see you posting for many, many more years! Please enter me in your giveaway. I am a bloggy follower…

  141. I am a follower and love your blog. I would love to win this tassel!! I bought two after you posted yours a couple of weeks ago!!! Thanks for all your beautiful posts. F

  142. ~Country Lady~ says

    Congrats on your blog anniversary. I've been blogging for a couple weeks now. I've met so many wonderful people in such a short amount of time. I immediately added your tag to my blog and became a follower. I've actually been reading your blog for some time just not posting. You have a great home and such a delightful blog. Have a truly blessed week.

  143. 9405018--Pat says

    Wow Susan, 144 comments…Please enter me in your drawing….I've been here from day one! and love your blog and home….thanks for sharing….and congrats!on your one year anniversary……thanks for sharing….Pat H (F)

  144. OKGardners says

    I really love that little ROOSTER.
    I am a FOLLOWER (F) – but would love to win it. Wish me luck!

    Betty in Oklahoma
    blue.eagle @cox.net

  145. Congratulations Susan! And thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. I check in on you everyday!!
    I think the bookshelves are a wonderful idea. And that room would inspire anyone! If that's the view from the bedroom, I can't imagine what it is from the living areas!
    [email protected]

  146. I love the idea of turning an unused space into a bookshelf! Congrats on your blog anniversary.
    Please enter me in your giveaway. I am a faithful follower.

  147. Susan,
    Happy Blogaversary! I am a follower and would love to be entered in your giveaway. The bookshelf idea is fabulous… can never have enough space to store all of the decorating books. Thanks for all of the beauty you share with all of us.

  148. Wow! I can't believe you have only been blogging a year! What a following you have! I tried to become a follower, but can't figure out how…
    Love the space with the window seat! Bookshelves would be great, but don't get rid of the seat!

  149. I hope you can work something out similar to the inspiration picture…great storage ideas. I'm a follower and enjoy your blog.

  150. bettyd_z7_va says

    Hi Susan,
    If you only knew how much you've inspired me to try new things. I don't Blog. (Don't know how)
    But, I made sure I figured out how to become a subscriber and a follower!
    Your tablescapes are my absolute favorite. Your magic in creating that dream kitchen from what you had in the beginning is simply amazing! And don't even get me started on that porch!
    Happy 1st Blogoversary and please share many more years with us.

    Betty (bettyd_z7_va on the gardenweb 'Holiday' forum)

    Oh, I almost forgot- I will find a perfect place for my new tassel!

  151. Donna @ dh designs says

    Congrats on your blogaversary! I am in my first year as well and have become addicted to posting and reading!

    I am a follower and a subscriber to your blog and think your idea of an entire week of giveaways is a great idea!

  152. HI Susan! I am a folower, and get the feed so please enter my name! CONGRATS on your first anniversary! Your blog is the BEST! I love the idea of the bookshelves on that wall! It would be awesome, and we ALL are always looking for another spot for STORAGE!!!! I can't wait to see it if you do this! Keep us posted! And have a GREAT week, I hope to post on TT this week! Hugs, Pinky

  153. Congrats on your blogaversary! I'm a follower! You have so much talent. [email protected]

  154. musingegret says

    I like that the links on the linky list open as new windows and also that the link names change color after I've visited the site. How do you code those features?? You've been on my Favorites folder for ages but today I signed on as "F"ollower.

  155. F & S
    I would love to be gifted with that cute rooster tassel!. Your room is so comfortable and cozy. Adding bookcases like the one in your inspiration photo would make it seem even more homey. Your mind must always be thinking….

  156. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    What an amazing inspiration picture! I love the bookcase/storage idea too.

    What a lucky lady you have to have 2 sets of stairs. We only have one & unfortunately, I either have to run really fast – that doesn't seem to happen anymore! – or I get caught! ☺ Diane

  157. Hello Dearheart…

    Ohhh…I think that adding in those bookshelves to that sloped area in the stairwell would be fabulous! I have a spot like that as well, in fact…I have two spots just like that! What a grand idea…I'd love to do something like that!!! Thank you for sharing the great idea with us!!! I just adore your 3rd floor sitting room…it's absolutely charming and it just has the same feel as the "Secret Garden"…like your very own private room! Love it!!!

    Congratulations again on your one year Blogoversary!!! I'm so excited for you and all that you have accomplished this past year, Susan!!! You are such a creative and talented lady…and such a sweetheart!!! I'm so thankful that we met back in the old RMS days…and that I can call you friend! Love you, Sweetie!!!

    PS…I love the pretty rooster tassle…I am a follower and subscriber! I'm crossing my fingers…hehe!!!

  158. Hi Susan,
    There is no such thing as "too many bookshelves" and I think your idea would work very well, although your family room looks beautiful to me as it is!
    As a follower I look forward to seeing your latest posts whenever I log on, they are always interesting & inspiring. Thanks for the chance to give the rooster (the emblem of Freedom in France) a home in Normandy.

  159. The Cozy Parsonage says

    PLease enter me in and I am a follower as well!

  160. SmilingSally says

    If I happen to be the fortunate winner of the tassel, I will have a rooster to participate in Rooster Blogland Day!

  161. rufflebunnies says

    Congratulations!!! I love your shelf idea!!!

  162. Kathleen Grace says

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! Please enter me in the drawing for this adorable tassel:>) I'm a follower of all your lovely posts!

  163. I'd love to win….and I am a follower.

  164. Happy Anniversary! Please enter me…and I follow you!

  165. leagoldberg37 says

    Love your blog!! First saw you on rms and hopped over to your blog ever since. I am also a F and S and love the rooster tassle. I bought my first tassle from tassle house a month ago and couldn't be more pleased with the craftmanship. Thanks againg for all the inspiring blogs

  166. Happy Anniversary! I am a subscriber, follower and wouldn't miss a day visiting your blog. Please enter me in your drawing.


  167. I love the shelf idea – I say do it! Love your blog – I am a F and would cherish the rooster tassel!

  168. Sandi@ My Yellow Door says

    I love the shelf idea! I am a F and would love to be entered in your Giveaway.


  169. I am also a loyal reader of your blog ~ I always find such inspiration from you. Your kitchen is laid out just like mine and ONE day I would love to have a kitchen that looks like yours. I have showed hubby the pictures so we will see;) Please enter my name in for the giveaway!

  170. The Barnett Family says

    Congrats….I am a follower! Thanks for always taking time out of your busy life to post wonderful tips and suggestions. Thanks!!


  171. Hi Susan! Happy Bloggaversary! I'm off traveling but have my new laptop so I can check in on my favs! Please enter me in your giveaway! I love your family room and will look forward to seeing you add the little shelves.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  172. That tassel is beautiful…and I have the perfect spot for it, so please enter me in your giveaway. And thanks for organizing and hosting Met Mondays…one of my favorite stops in blogland!


  173. FOR THE SAKE OF TIME says

    Congratulations. I have followed your blog since I first "became hooked" on this by Par from Back Porch Musings. Thanks for giving all of us a chance to share in your celebration.


  174. Happy Blogaversary! I'm a follower too!

  175. Rambling Girl says

    Happy Blogoversary! How cool your from Georgia also. I am new to your blog for about a month now. I am a F/S.

  176. Rambling Girl says

    oops I meant to tell you I love the rabbit painting…so cute!

  177. daylily777 says

    Congratulations!I'm a follower.

  178. Happy Blogaversary!
    The rooster is very cute!
    [email protected]

    someday I will actually have a house and be able to make metamorphases

  179. I forgot to mention that I am a follower and I subscribe to your feed.
    [email protected]

  180. Congrats on your milestone! You have provided so much inspiration and ideas for me. I so appreciate your sharing!

  181. Hokie Grandma says

    Just the right colors for my kitchen.

  182. Grandma Elsie says

    I do BNONTP feeds and love seeing your house today.
    How wonderful of you to give away a prize for each day of this week.
    Well its nap time for me on my sofa .LOL

  183. Congrats on your anniversary. I, too am from the south, now living in Seattle. Your blog is that touch of southern hospitality I crave. Thanks.

  184. I want to win the tassel.

  185. I love your blog! I am sooo green with envy – your porch is amazing.
    I would love to have a chance to win the rooster tassel. I am a subscriber to your blog. Thanks for the opportunity.
    [email protected]

  186. Shabby Cottage Collectibles says

    If I had that bedroom I'd never leave it's beautiful! Congratulations on one year! Yes I'm also a follower. Warm wishes, Esther

  187. Congratulations on your anniversary. I am a follower and have been for quite a while now.
    jgallo1[at]sc.rr.com F

  188. Cottage Rose says

    Hi Susan; Love your up stairs family room, just beautiful… And the book shelves are a great idea, they would look great on your wall… I can't wait to see your After… In our apt. we have a wall leading down to our front door,,, and if they would let me I would do the same… hmmm maybe I should ask,,,,,, lol;
    Love the sweet Rooster tassel,, I collect Rooster's they are just so cute….. have a great week.

  189. Great blog!! Happy Anniversary Week!!!

  190. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says

    What a great idea! Your home is so welcoming and gorgeous. I can only dream of such a magical place! WIsh I had your touch in my home! Happy Anniversary, friend!

  191. Summer Gypsy says

    Now, how cute is that tassel!!!! I love your home..so beautiful, so inviting. The book nook is my favorite pic. Dreaming away there on a rainy or snowy afternoon would be divine!!! Happy anniversary week!! Of course, I follow your blog. It's one of the best on my list!

  192. cdclaycomb says


    Happy Blogoversary!

    Please enter me in the drawing for the lovely rooster tassel.



  193. Oh! Just wanted to let you know I am now a follower too, of your blog. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunities! I will be back to visit your blog…in between my Dear Bebe's naps, that is. :0)

  194. Toronto Girl says

    Congratulations! I've been reading your blog for about six months and I love it!

  195. Um, I'd like to add that window and view to my bedroom please! We're renting so there are a lot of things I wish I could add and/or take away! 4 more months and we're off to a new locale, though. I think the storage idea is fantastic! Looking forward to seeing your posts on my blog feed!

  196. Congrats on your 1st. Blogoversary! I do not know how you can do everything that you do for your blog plus work a "day job" too. You are my source of daily inspiration.
    I would love to win a beautiful tassle from The Tassle House. Please enter my name.
    Thank You Very Much, Carolyn

  197. Susan,
    I have been a Follower for sometime now. I LOVE all of the creative ideas I see on your Blog and look forward each week for tablescape Thursday. Thank you for explaining how I could be apart of this without having a Blog. Please keep up the great inspirational ideas.

  198. Congratulations on your first year anniversary. I love each and every blog you post. Your home is beautiful and you are such a talented decorator. Your family must be very proud of you and your home.
    The Rooster tassel is to-die-for…I'm lovin it!
    [email protected]

  199. Gary and Elizabeth~ says

    Hi Susan,
    Please enter my name into your blog give a way. I love the rooster tassel and I will check out The Tassel House.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  200. she dreams big! says

    What a lovely family room! Wish I had those book shelves then maybe I could get rid of the piles of books that seem to be getting bigger. Please enter me in your giveaway! (F)

  201. I can't wait to see what you do with this great space! Love the bookshelf idea!

    Ginger s/f

  202. F – follower
    Love, love, love the bookcase down the stairs idea. I have a spot where that would work GREAT, and I'm always looking for more room for books! Definitely going in my idea file…

    The tassel is gorgeous…and so is your upstair sitting room. So many cute ideas, especially love the one you posted earlier about the newspaper binders covered with glass as an end table… Clever!

  203. Oh, please enter me in the drawing. I have the perfect spot for that cute little rooster. F

  204. Irma's Rose Cottage says

    Congrats! Love your blog! What fabulous ideas! Please enter me in your lovely giveaway!

    Irma πŸ™‚

  205. DeniseMarie says

    I'd also love to do the same under my stairs that go up to the boys rooms. It would be a nice little library area. Cute tassel. I hope I can get ready for the Show your Rooster party coming up next week at barbsgoodlife.

  206. Crochetoholic says

    ohh yes please enter my name…love the tassel…F S


  207. happy anniversary Susan! It sure goes by quick doesn't it?

  208. Do you know I have NOT one tassle in my home!!! I need to change that very soon… starting with entering your give-away πŸ˜‰ And if I don't win, I'll be looking to buy myself something soon.
    I love following your blog.

  209. I've recently heard about your Met Monday so am checkin' these blog parties out! Your bookshelf adventure will be inspirational for many to see come to fruition. I can also imagine doing the shelving on each side, fitting under the slanted roof areas, framing your beautiful window. Love the stained glass piece!

    I know someone who would just love that rooster tassel πŸ™‚

  210. Happy Blog-Anniversary….. love reading your blog and checking out everyone elses that links too you….

  211. Flat Creek Farm says

    Congratulations on your Blogoversary! I've only been here a few minutes, and I'm hooked. Your pictures are fantastic, and Mr. Rooster is cute as a button. -Tammy

  212. printersdevil says

    you have made me fall in love with roosters and many things that i really had never thought about during this past year. I would have probably looked at tassels and thought not interested, until I was introduced to them on your site. You are truly the diva of decorating and blogging. Thanks for all you do and host for us. I am a follower and have become a true dishoholic this past year.

  213. The Raggedy Girl says

    I am sure a follower but have been MIA for the summer due to redecorating projects but I am glad I stopped in to see what you were up to. I saw a view of water through your window and I don't think I caught that before so I will have to backtrack and look for your water views.

    Your follower,
    The Raggedy Girl

  214. Love built in bookshelves, BUT, what is on the other side of the wall? Room enough for books, or only “stud width” for knick knacks?

    • Bernie, I’m not sure either…wish that part was visible in that photo. Unfortunately, I don’t remember now where I saw that photo, it was many years ago.

  215. Oh my goodness, Susan! I’ve just seen this post for the first time. That inspiration room! My gosh, I love it! It is so cozy, and what a view. Yikes, I would even be happy if this were in a B & B I could stay in. The only thing it lacks, imo, is some colorful fabric somewhere to soften and warm it up a bit.
    But wow! Can you imagine staying in a room like that? So much cozy.

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