New Office Bookshelves on A Budget

home office update with IKEA Vittsjo shelves

Hi friends!! It has been too long. I've been busy doing behind the scenes work for Alt Summit and any spare time has been dedicated to my family (I do post daily on Instagram and Snapchat @tagandtibby).

But I'm back and ready to share a mini home design update!

SOOO big news for my home office. We purchased bookshelves! Ikea Vittsjo to be exact. There are awesome Ikea hack's around the web like this rustic update and this one in gold. But for now I am enjoying them as-is. 

home office (before)

See the before above? Yep, that is how my workspace looked before. My husband found our vintage tanker desk at the local Habitat Restore for $35 last year and I basically live at it during the day. 

My husband Lee and I both have design style opinions, and we have to find the intersection of good design with budget, so it usually takes us a while to shop around. But at $79 per unit these Vittsjo shelves were an instant thumbs up.

mini IKEA shoppers

We made a family trip down to Ikea on a Sunday afternoon, ate our share of Swedish meatballs, and perused the furniture options.

Our current philosophy on IKEA furniture is: mix it in with non-IKEA furniture. If the room has 1 piece of IKEA, blend in a range of other pieces (in our office's case it is a vintage desk and a CB2 couch). 

putting together IKEA bookshelves with vintage artwork

I was able to pull out a lot of vintage goods from my garage which made me hap-hap-happy! From milk glass to vintage books, to artwork drawn by a cousin from the turn of the century I am finally feeling more settled in the space.  

budget friendly IKEA bookshelves

Now we just have to figure out how to design our bottom shelves so our goldendoodle Daisy doesn't eat the books! Any advice?