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Living Room Update

When we moved to the cottage the end wall of the living room featured built-in bookcases. For some there couldn't be anything better than a wall of built-ins.  For someone like me, who enjoys moving things around, also lacks a collection of books, the built-ins proposed problems. Being stationary the preventing me from being able to move furniture in the space, they took up 20" of depth in the room.  The built-ins being on the wall opposite of the front door, they were the focus upon entering the cottage.  I tried dressing them a few times, the over all look was too busy for me.  I felt they looked like a display wall in a retail shop. 

Constructed around the window, the sill and trim were modified to make way for a shelf.  Additionally, along one side of the room there had been wallpaper with a wainscot and chair rail.  A section of the trim along that wall had been removed when the built-ins were constructed.  Finally, the floors in the room had been refinished after the b…

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