empty shelf

Not nearly enough empty shelves yet, but I’m working on it – I’ve packed up my sewing stuff (1 bin), spinning fibre (1 bin), my coffee grinder and air filter, and pretty much all the books that I’m taking with me (8ish small boxes). By the by, if you’re in Toronto and have access to a Food Basics, it’s a great place for moving boxes – and they’re bigger than at the LCBO!


I’ve measured my new place, although I’ve got a few discrepancies in my own work to figure out, and I’ve been playing with floor plans in Illustrator. I’m thinking that I might get fancy and use Google Sketchup to do some 3D modeling of the place to virtually move furniture around, but who am I kidding? I don’t have time for that!

I’ve been spending non-working days shopping for furniture, mainly a sofa and a new mattress. I think I’ve found a sofa and it’s on super sale! Even with delivery and tax it’s under $500, and it’s leather. Sadly there isn’t much to be found other than Ikea that isn’t super expensive or covered in microsuede or whatever (I hate the texture).

Mattress is being narrowed down too, although I think that among the various ones I’ve liked I won’t be able to tell too much difference once it’s bought and done. I wanted to upgrade to a queen size, but I think the space might be too tight – with a full/double size I can keep my own bedframe and sheets (although I want new sheets too!).

I’m getting a free nice smaller, wood dining table and some chairs from home, and I’m hoping to do some kind of bench seating for the other side of the table. I wanted to ikea hack a banquette together but I’m not totally sure I have the requisite know-how! Then there’s the shelves…oh shelves. Do I go with the classic inexpensive yet oh-so-cheap looking and cheaply made Billy bookcases or not? I’d really prefer to go with something solid wood, something a little nicer…but they might have to do for now.

With so many decisions to be made floating around, it’s no wonder that I can’t decide on buttons for my Honeybee! I don’t want to buy any new ones, so it’s come down to these:

button, button

The top one is a pearly gray shell button, but it’s a little big. I’m leaning towards the bottom one, which is faux tortiseshell (read: plastic). But I’m not married to a decision! Help me out – what do you all think?

61 Responses to “empty shelves”

  1. SpiderWomanKnits

    Oh, tough choice. I think I like the bottom button but it’s really close for me.

    Have you ever seen the site Instructibles? Here is a link to really easy and inexpensive bookshelves you can make yourself (or have any one with some tools make for you)


    Also, I don’t know your style but don’t forget vintage shops, antique stores and charity shops. You can find furniture that was actually built well with real wood for fair prices.

    In our den we have the Leksvik units from Ikea and they are holding up well to repeated (kid) use for years now. Which I think is the truest test.

  2. Maryse

    That’s a very good question! At first, I really was going for the gray button. And then, I thought the brown one was melting well with the pink… Now, I’m also undecided. I don’t mean to make it more complicated, but I would look for another type of button. I think I like the shape of the gray button, but not so much the color with that knit. Then, the brown button does not seem to enhance this knit… I’ll go read the other comments. I know they will influence my opinion… I wanted to write my opinion first ;-)

  3. Bruxa

    Hey Laura! I’m totally for the brown bottom button. It fits the yarn color so much better! :)

    As for your doubts regarding shelves, I agree with those who recommended Expedit. It looks more solid and better quality than Billy. Also, you can easily give it a personal touch by using Lekman boxes to turn certain shelves into containers (or simply use one of those nice Ikea square-shaped baskets) :)

    Well… we’ll see which button wins the competition! ;)

  4. Tanis

    It may be too late for my input to count, but I actually really gave a lot of thought to this, and I vote for the gray button! I think it’s more modern and chic. But both are nice, that’s why it was such a tough call!

  5. VA

    I hate to say it, but can we have a 3rd choice? I’m not terribly fond of either with the beautiful stitchwork on the sweater.

  6. SJ Schiffman

    The brown button brings up all of the warm
    hues of the pink/beige yarn. The grey really doesn’t match at all. Thanks for letting me give my opinion.

  7. TracyKM

    We just moved, and had 3 Billy bookcases–tall ones–with glass doors. Oh, were they a pain!!!
    We’ve bought nice, solid wood bookcases at Staples before. They were on sale, like most things there, don’t pay full price!

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