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We have a built in area near our back door that leads to our porch from our family room. Most of the time, the shelves in this area are filled with shoes and random books, craft supplies and whatever else happens to be hanging around. I decided this past weekend, to empty the shelves and clean off the storage bench. Nothing like starting with a clean slate!
Here is the before built in all cleaned out.
Our home is part of the Finding Fall Home Tour that starts today and we have been decorating our family room, dining room and foyer for fall which we will be sharing on Wednesday right here on our blog. This built in corner now serves as my storage area for school supplies and paperwork that comes home each day from school. I found these pink paisley magazine holders, storage boxes and organizers for $2 each at Michaels Crafts last week. I was so excited!
I spray painted old photo/shoe boxes that I had white and added a label holder.
Our family room color scheme for fall is lavender and gold so I decided to infuse a few coordinating colors in this built-in. While this area serves as storage I still wanted it to have a fall decorative element added to the space so the baskets of gourds and fall colored pillows did the trick.
The storage bench is the window seat that my dad and I built last summer. It stores my fabric at the moment.
If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the round up I did a while back on built in ideas.
Our back door built in bookcase has served multiple purposes over the past couple years. Last summer we added the hooks and used the storage bench as a place for shoes and boots. You can see those pictures and building process by checking out our family room makeover from last winter. I think our built in bookcase this fall coordinates nicely with the rest of the room, which I will share on Wednesday during our home tour. I will tell you though, the pillows are my absolute favorite that I found for our couch. I think I will keep them there for a long time. Well, until Christmas :).