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Secret Sauce: If you have been following the design process of our new apartment, you may remember what a tricky space there is between our fireplace and kitchen cabinets/fridge. Christmas came quickly after we moved in, so a happily a big tree filled that spot while I thought what to put there more permanently. Ultimately, we decided on an open bookshelf from CB2, but it there was a lot of consideration to get to that decision.
Here is a shot of the space without any furniture in it, so you can see what we are working with. Originally I had my heart set on creating a dining area in this space. After a lot of trial and error, however, this felt too crowded and we decided to consider other options. A console? A plant with another chair? I even asked everyone on Instagram for their opinions and got some great suggestions in this post.
I originally thought that a bookcase would feel too heavy, but I did want something with height in that space. Then, while looking for a bookcase, I stumbled on one that was open. After a little more research, I learned that the technical term for these types of shelving is “etagere”. These pieces are mainly meant to hold decorative objectives and not large amounts of heavy books. This actually worked out well for me because I don’t have many books (just handful of design books), but I DO have a lot of decorative objects that I love to display. (Jeff affectionately calls the upper cabinets in our kitchen the “Room Sauce Prop Emporium” hah!)
As always, I then turned to the internet to do a lot of search. Interestingly, I found that this type of shelving can be fairly expensive. So I rounded up several options for you all after lots of search. There is a wide range of prices in this roundup and I hope that you like the options! Here are all of the options that we considered and my picks for the best etagere shelving on the market right now.