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creative storage for book hoarders

My book hoarding is reaching new heights lately; both figuratively and literally. All the bookshelves in my home are at maximum capacity and there are stacks of hardbacks growing like stalagmites from my dining room floor.

Our home collection kind of exploded last week after, sadly, my favorite used bookstore shuttered its operations. But not before having a $1 sale on their entire inventory. I went a little nuts…

Also, a sweet friend recently delivered an old black Jansport overflowing with hardbacks — from some of my favorite authors, luck of all luck — to the flower shop. It was a happy day. Should you ever find yourself with a surplus of reading material and no place to unload it, I will gladly adopt it like a shelter puppy.

So what I’m trying to tell you is, I’m becoming the crazy cat lady, but I’m stockpiling books instead of felines?

Since our living space is relatively small with an open floor plan, I’m going to have to get crafty with ways to stash my stacks. I don’t want to spend lots of cash or take up too much valuable floor space. And if I can make it look like a cool intentional design element, all the better.

I turned to Pinterest, as you do, for inspiration to turn my book hoarding problem to a book storage solution. It didn’t disappoint.

fireplace as book storage | built-in wall storage | wine crate book case | modular bookcase | made-to-order copper pipe bookshelves | high-mounted bookshelves | floating shelves | DIY spool table | USA map bookcase | vertical bookshelf | window seat book storage

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Somehow Easter is here already… As I try to cope with the warp speed in which 2014 is passing, here are some super cute links to get you feelin’ festive!

20 Clever Ideas for Stellar Spring Table Decor (Brit+Co) | Free Easter Printables & Table Ideas (jones design company) | Golden Marbled Easter Egg DIY (SheKnows) | Easter Hand-Dipped Strawberries (Harry & David) | Simple Spring centerpieces (Better Homes & Gardens) | Grapevine Easter Bunny Wreaths (Etsy) | Easter Cake & Cupcake Ideas (squidoo) | 35 Easy Easter Centerpiece Ideas (bystephanielynn.com) | Marbelized Easter Egg DIY (Camille Styles) | Dahlia Cupcakes | Ombre Easter Eggs (Country Living) | Easter Bunny Cupcakes (Bakerella) | Colorful Tulips | Sweet Sprout Cupcake Toppers (Etsy) | Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pot DIY (Mod Podge Rocks)

overalls, all grown up.

Coveralls, bibs, dungarees; whatever you call ‘em, you probably either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I’m in the overall enthusiast camp; probably because I grew up in the 90′s and spent most of my childhood buckled up in their comfy, practical awesomeness.

This spring, a great pair of stylish grown-lady coveralls is on my wish list. I think they’d be perfect for running around the flower shop with cute sneakers and a tee, or on girls night with a black crop top — just a peek of skin on the sides — and simple heels. I’m looking for a slimmer fit in dark denim, like these Black Orchid Skinny Overalls or the Current Elliot Ranch Hand Overalls.

Of course, I’m hoping to find something much more budget friendly. I’ll keep you posted on that quest.

These ladies know how to make overalls appropriate beyond the playground (from left to right): Alexa Chung’s airport style; Street style in stilettos and a sleek coat; Elaine Welteroth in black overalls and chambray; Tuula Vintage in a simple striped tee; Where Did U Get That in a white tank and statement necklace; Crop top perfection; Tuula Vintage again in a jeweled tee; Alexa Chung again in a printed button-down; and Atlantic-Pacific in Current Elliot.

You can find more of my style inspiration on Pinterest!