Coastal Bookcase’s- High & Low

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Since living at the beach house for the last couple of weeks it’s becoming clear the things we need to finish up.  Some of the rooms are so close to being done.   The living room for example is looking great besides the fact that the builder is still yet to put the T.V. mounted in the wall.  He built us a unit that will go inside the wall with doors so the T.V. can be hidden when no one is watching it.  In our nice white and bright beach house who wants to see a big television screen?  Not me!

We are hoping that project will get finished in the next couple weeks but in the mean time I’m ready to get some bookcases up on either side of the fire place.  I’ve been going back and forth about the style.  Do I want it open back or close back? Weathered wood or weathered gray wood?  Metal rods on the outside or not?   I know that our price range is on the lower side, we don’t want to spend a fortune on these bookcases.



The need for bookcases in our space is obviously for storage and to add balance on either side of the fireplace.  But also to add some personal touches like family photos, decorative items, things we collect from the beach and so on.  I thought it would be fun to search online for some low price bookcases that look high end!  Isn’t that always the goal anyway?  😉


Since the room is painted white, all white bookcases are OUT… I want something that will pop off the wall, I love using weathered wood tones so I definitely want something in that family.  Our light fixture and the stone tile has gray in it so I’m also opened to something with gray too.


High End Bookcases

(a girl can dream right?!)


Low End Bookcases

(these are actually really nice!)


Aren’t these styles beautiful?  I’d love to know your thoughts!  Do the low end bookcases even look low end?   I’m sure the high end options are gorgeous in person but I really think you can still get a beautiful looking bookcase with out spending a fortune!   Looks like I’m off to do some bookcase shopping.  I can’t wait to show you what I choose and how I style them.

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  1. Jane Weiss says:

    I have had my eye on a glass door bookcase at IKEA. Some great options and they can always be painted!
    Love the beach house and all you did!

  2. Andrea says:

    Hey girl! I’m loving your blog! I’m crushing on the lower end with the X in the back and in the sides, but they are all super cute!!

  3. Pauline Cassell (cancerkicker55) says:

    Jordan, I like the 2nd one from BH&G. Iron & wood. I think
    It would blend well with your decor. Those high end bookcase prices are CRAY-CRAY! The LR is really looking great and welcoming! I loooooove the light.

    • Jordan says:

      Thank you so much! I know the high end ones are beautiful but SO much money! I really like that BHG has an awesome line at Walmart. I may have to give those a shot! Thanks so much

  4. Terri Vesey says:

    I have been eyeing the bookcases with the metal supports to use in my coastal decor but a friend of mine told me they looked to industrial for my room. However, if you are looking at them for your beach house then I may have to purchase. Love following your account.

    • Jordan says:

      Hey Terri! Thank you for commenting. I agree they are a bit industrial but I think its ok to mix different styles, I think as long as you add coastal accents to the books shelves they can go in that direction… go with what you love! Thanks so much again! 🙂

  5. It’s hard to come by well-informed people in this particular topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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