Bookshelf Arrangements from AT:CHI House Tours

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Our favorite place to look for inspiration? AT:Chicago House Tours. We always get doable, livable ideas from the homes we feature on the site. After spending some time last week working on a bookshelf arrangement, we decided to delve into the archives for design ideas. One of our favorites is the color-coded arrangement above from Emily and Craig's Logan Square Rehab. Click below for more...



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In Alex's Light-Filled Loft, the lower shelf holds books while the upper shelf acts as a picture rail. It's a clean, organized way to break up the visual rhythm of the shelves.

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In Andreas' Greektown Loft, he uses a space-saving vertical shelf. In an open area with plenty of breathing room, the shelf almost looks like a sculpture.

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Joseph D.'s Wicker Park Nest is a small space that appears light and airy thanks to white walls and floors. To preserve the open feeling, the floating shelves are hung a foot or so above the floor.

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Shannon and Emmet's bookshelves hold a casual arrangement of books and art objects. They built the shelves from stair treads and threaded pipe...a simple and inspiring DIY project.

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Melissa and Matt's Design Lab uses a lot of open storage, like these interlocking Cubits. Bright colors create interesting compositions on each shelf.

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In Sa's Family Home, books are collected in loose stacks. The easy-going arrangement is carried onto the walls, where photographs are tacked up in rows.

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In Kim's Evanston Oasis, books are stacked horizontally on shelves and used as risers for objects and collections. Big pieces like the blue-and-white vase anchor the eclectic arrangements.

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One of the highlights of Nicole and Brandon's Oak Park Bungalow is the library at the top of the stairs. Dark walls, glass doors on the bookshelves, and a large club chair give the space a traditional vibe.

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