Do It Yourself - - ORDER IN THE HOUSE -

Span­ning more than 8 feet, open shelves in the read­ing room, above, pro­vide storage and visual in­ter­est. “This was one of our first and more im­pact­ful pro­jects,” Ju­lia says. They bought 21∕2-inch Dou­glas fir planks at a lum­ber­yard and stained each piece. Although the shelves look as if they are float­ing, they ac­tu­ally rest on brack­ets. “The room had no light­ing at all,” Chris says. He added the sof­fit above the shelves so he could run wiring and mount sconces.

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