We loved the built ins and the cozy feel of this front room. Despite the wooden shutters. Oh, and that’s a fax machine, kids. F-A-X.
No more wooden shutters, a coat of paint on the back of the built ins, and a new light made this little reading nook one of the more relaxing rooms in the house when we first moved in.
It stayed like this for a few years until we decided that a real home office complete with a non-kitchen table desk would be more useful. So… we replaced the 7″ deep built-ins with two of Ikea’s Billy shelves and framed them out with trim molding, bought a desk on Craigslist, covered a wall with cork, sewed some Roman shades…. and generally made this room WAY more useful and fun.