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June 22, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question that I'm hoping you can help me with: my husband and I just purchased our first house. There's a fireplace in the living room, and we would like to do shelves on both sides (like your doing), but the fireplace isn't very deep. Will shelves look silly if they are built out past the fireplace? Any recommendations?? Thank you, thank you!

Dear Anon:
That is absolutely okay!  In fact, our top shelves are 10';  which is flush with the fireplace.  The bottoms are 12' which sticks out past.  I found some further examples for you where this works!  The best part about custom is that you can make anything work in your space.  The two sides are also not identical proportions because our fireplace is not completely centered in the room.  You just work around these kinks and decorate it so well that it looks symmetrical.
Hope this helps!

hope this helps!

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