My husband spends more time in our home office than I do (I'm more of a laptop on the couch gal..) so this is one project that he wants lots of input on. Oh joy. While we both agree that we'd like to have a large bookcase along the length of the back wall, we disagree about what the bookcase should look like. Ideally, I would like to have a large custom bookcase, such as Emily A. Clark's wall-to-wall bookcase in her gorgeous home office:
or something similar but with doors on the bottom to hide the printer and other office uglies:
Ballard Designs' traditional Tuscan Bookcase Set is another option - it can be arranged with a deeper, larger center piece such as this:
or as a Flush Bookcase Set:
We have a Ballard Designs Outlet just 20 minutes away so I know I could get these bookcases at a fraction of their original cost. What's holding me back? The color. There is no option for white - since the closest color is a very yellowy cream, if I bought these bookcases, I would want to paint them which would be a LOT of work!
I also like Restoration Hardware's Library Bookcase Wall Unit but I'm not sure that I want to go with the weathered oak look:
My husband is very into the Restoration Hardware look and thinks we should consider using two 1950s Dutch Shipyard Shelving units, which are made with solid walnut and antique iron and come with a moveable ladder for reaching the top shelf:
He also likes Arhaus' Colton Library, which is very, very similar:
Another Restoration Hardware option he found is their French Library Shelving, which is a reproduction of a mid-1940s eastern European library bookcase that is made with aged iron and distressed hardwood. I love the character that the front handles and lower bar step add to the shelving:
While I like the Restoration Hardware and Arhaus shelving units, I think they're a bit trendy and I'd still like to go with more traditional, timeless white bookcases. Whose side are you on - mine (traditional white) or my husband's (industrial shelving)? Opinions please!
Update!!! Here's the bookcase that we ended up going with: http://www.drivenbydecor.com/2013/02/putting-our-home-office-together-finally.html