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  1. Monika Dudikeni

    December 21st, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    wow impressing and beautiful! :)

  2. Angela S

    December 28th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    thank you so much!

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  4. Megan Friedl

    January 4th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    What is the name of your paint color? Love it!

  5. Angela S

    January 4th, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    It’s Classic Grey by Benjamin Moore!

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  7. Tonantzin

    September 15th, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Hi. Looks beautiful. I have the supplies needed to do this, but my question is how do you like the height of the TV on the short Billys, 41.5″ tall?? My husband thinks it’s too high. Doing research says ideal height should be at eye level when sitting down. Which then means these are too high, but know lots of people put above fireplace and that’s even taller. Would love your thoughts on it.
    Also thanks so much for sharing how get access to cords in back, was concerned how going to do that.

  8. Angela S

    September 28th, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Hi there,
    Definitely! It is higher than a typical TV stand..but to be honest we used to use those white Kallax shelves (on it’s side) and actually built a little stand to add height. So this is almost perfect for us..and we personally never even thought about the height. Then again I think we prefer looking up more when laying on the couch! Hope this helps!

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  10. Melanie Amparo

    December 2nd, 2016 at 7:55 pm


    Did you actually attach the big bookshelves to the wall? If so, what did you use? Can you show us a picture of the bottom left where you cut the back piece?

  11. Angela S

    December 5th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Um, I think we actually just added the brackets to the top of the shelf, and these bookshelves have a cutout for trim on the back so it’s very flush either way! And ours has the 2 smaller ones pushed out more because we needed to access the plugs in the back. Let me know if you have more questions (feel free to email me hello@saffronavenue.com)

  12. Samantha R.

    December 20th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Hi! Gorgeous space! Curious, where is the coffee table from?

  13. Angela S

    December 28th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Hi there, It’s from Overstock!

  14. Angela

    December 28th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    It’s from overstock!

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  18. Debbie Albert

    November 11th, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Do you remember where you purchased the white shelf (laminated) board? Looking at Home Depot and Lowes and the largest depth is 12″. Thanks!

  19. dfordice

    November 14th, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Did you have to paint the shelves to match the trim? Or what paint colour did you use on the trim that matched the shelves? It looks amazing by the way!

  20. Maria

    April 19th, 2018 at 2:34 am

    I love this and would love to do something similar in our house! Curious if you wattaxhed the big shelves to the wall so they won’t fall or wabble. Also how did you attach the brown molding to the top?? Thanks in advance!

  21. Maria

    April 19th, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I love this and would love to do something similar in our house! Curious if you attached the big shelves to the wall so they won’t fall or wabble. Also how did you attach the brown molding to the top?? Thanks in advance!

  22. Angela

    April 19th, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Yes, we used those L brackets at the top of the shelves, and the crown molding was attached with finishing nails and wood glue!

  23. Whitney

    April 20th, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Where did you buy the laminated board for the top?

  24. Angela

    April 20th, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    It was at Home Depot (or Menards) and in the shelving area!

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