I've lived in my house for two and half years and up until Friday my beautiful basement built-ins (one of the reasons why I loved this house) looked like this:
Empty! For over two years. Unbelievable.
When it came time to picking items to put there or even thinking about what they should like, I was just overwhelmed. It was too blank of a canvas.
But as Chris and I prepare to host a couple of holiday gatherings we decided that built-ins could be bare no more. So over Thanksgiving break, I did my best to fill those shelves with Christmas cheer.
Taking a tip from Young House Love, I lined the back of the shelves with some burlap looking wrapping paper for a temporary change. And then just started putting things up there and tinkering with them until I liked their placement.
Now that the basement is decorated we are officially ready for the holidays - at least decorations wise. Shopping is another story!