As our sweet little Lillian grew from babyhood to toddler life we did the standard transition tasks, like baby gates, dropping the mattress down, and my husband adorably anchoring all the furniture to the wall. We did have to remove the gorgeous starburst mirror from over her changing table until she recently because she kept trying to grab it while we changed her. Happy to have it back! Since we’d only requested books for her first birthday, her lil’ library had grown significantly since I first decorated the nursery. Now we were in serious need of some book storage.
After hours of scouring Pinterest for inspo, ideas and small space solutions I was dead set on some sort of dollhouse style bookcase. I also knew that my husband was handy enough to custom make Lily one of these to fit the space in her bedroom. So together, we drafted up a design for the DIY dollhouse bookcase! I even busted out my graph paper and architectural scale. But the design is pretty simple and symmetrical. Allowing for the the varying sizes of baby books and the ability to stack them both horizontally and vertically. The Daddy DIY’d it. He measured, cut, built this up and got 2 coats of paint on the bookcase in a weekend. Then we also anchored it to the wall, obviously, and I styled it up. There we have it. Lily’s little library in her DIY dollhouse bookcase!
As you can imagine, it stays styled and organized for mere minutes, if not seconds, with a toddler present. But it makes our hearts so happy to know that she likes it and watch her choose books to read to her! Even in this day and age of convenience, sometimes you can’t find exactly what you need on the internet… then maybe you just make it yourself. Especially because then it always comes wrapped in love!