Excellent Expedit

The Expedit was the first item I was determined to buy the minute I knew I was moving into an apartment of my own. I love all bookcases, but this modern Ikea piece is at the top of my love list! I just enjoy the repeating squares and the way they act as a showcase for books and other treasures. Here it is in my studio apartment, doing double duty as a room divider:

Clearly, I’m not the only one with an unnatural love for the piece-here are some lovely Expedit images. I literally never get sick of looking at it! I love that it can be used in such a variety of ways-as a room divider, against a wall, painted beautiful colors, horizontal, vertical-the possibilities are endless!



I’ve had some of these in my inspiration file forever (like, before Pinterest!), so I don’t know a lot of the sources-if anyone knows please tell me in the comments so I can give credit! Thanks.

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  1. you have used this in such a clever way!! Love your apt!

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  2. Ivana wrote:

    I love Ikea! And even if I have a slight preference for Billy, I must say that your Expedit looks divine! Perfect styling! You did an amazing job!
    Happy Monday!

    xx Ivana

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  3. just me wrote:

    i like it!!! we have the same in my kids room πŸ™‚


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  4. Your apartment is so cute! I have one too and I just adore it. Working on getting some photos of it up on the blog soon.

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  5. I have a tiny one from ikea that is just overflowing with books! What a wonderful idea o yours to place it as a room divider. I'll keep that in mind as I'll be looking for a new place soon!

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  6. Holly wrote:

    Love it! I really like the painted one… very cute and so smart!

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  7. sampenner wrote:

    OMG are those first pictures your apt? It is absolute gorgeousness! I am in love.



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  8. Your apartment is amazing! I love love love color coded book shelves!

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  9. Audrey wrote:

    Such a great idea! http://www.casualglamorous.com

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  10. Karla wrote:

    oh I really love your studio apartment!! and those examples with the shelves are great!! LOVEEE!

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  11. Jordan wrote:

    Your apartment is the sheep's bleat! Very keen indeed, ma dear!

    <3 jordan

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  12. I'm having a serious moment — I LOVE YOUR APARTMENT. It is amazing what you can do with space in NYC. I think I have too much space (didn't expect that), and I need to make it feel a little more cozy.

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  13. I love these shelves. They look like the perfect mix of practical storage and pretty display space. The rest of your apartment looks lovely too!

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  14. What a cute studio you have! I love that bookcases are blank canvases to show your interest and personality. They ground the space and are so functional. I love that you are using these as a room divider… looks great!

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  15. cassandra wrote:

    I use the expedit shelf as a room divider, too in my tiny house. I really like how yours works, though, since it fits in so well with the living room and bedroom portion (mine is separating the living room and kitchen).

    I am really impressed by what you've done with your small space! looks great.


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  16. haha I've been thinking of purchasing one of those for my house too, they're so useful!

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  18. Wow, you've accomplished this amazingly well. I love bookcases as room dividers. Oh, and love your wall of frames. I'm itching to do this with the right ones in my apartment.

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  19. I LOVE your studio! I have a few in my tiny NYC studio, too, but not enough space for one like yours! I also have too much exposed brick for a gallery wall of photos, so I'm quite jealous of your wall behind your couch. It looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I like the way it multitasks as a room divider and bookshelf, the open spaces let light through while being functional and adding a little privacy. Ver nice!

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  21. Wow your apartment is stunning- exactly what I want mine to look like!

    XX Kathryn


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  22. Oh these are great! I moved to NYC about 6 months ago and we searched hi and low for containers to store our things. We bought a few of these square book shelves and hung them up in our hall. They look great and work great! I love ikea πŸ™‚

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  23. I seriously love the idea of using the bookcase as a room divider. Your apartment is so cute!! xoxo

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  24. designchic wrote:

    Your apartment is wonderful and the Expedit is the perfect divider…love it!!

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  25. Ashley wrote:

    It looks great in your studio! Love the way you filled the shelves too!

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  26. It looks amazing! I love this piece myself – form and function πŸ™‚

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  27. bevy wrote:

    I'm a big fan of the Expedit as well and you have some great images I hadn't seen before!

    Your studio is so cute! You did great with the bookcase styling! Everything looks so perfect!

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  28. love your bookcase! i think we have the same bedding too πŸ™‚

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  29. Looks great, I love how you used it as a room divider.

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  30. This is such a great idea! I also live in a studio apartment, and that bookcase would be a perfect divider. It just looks so classy and amazing πŸ™‚

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  31. Rebecca wrote:

    Wow, you just inspired some serious Expedit lust!!

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  32. Lisa wrote:

    I absolutely love this idea. Definitely keeping this in mind for my next apartment!

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  33. {darlene} wrote:

    Jackie, your place is looking so great!!!

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  34. nice post !!

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  35. Caitlin wrote:

    I'm always so fascinated as to how people set up their studio apartments! I absolutely love what you've done with yours! I'm particularly enamored with your throw pillows. Let's see more pictures! πŸ™‚

    By the way, I'm a new reader. Looking forward to following along with you!

    -Caitlin @ Reverie to Reality

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  36. Mojan wrote:

    I love your place! This is also one of my favorite bookcases — thanks for posting the inspiration photos.

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  37. Liesl wrote:

    I had a bookshelf just like this to divide my first NYC apt. about a decade ago before moving to LA, and love how others have done something similar to get further inspiration if I do this again…all of your fun blog posts are getting me excited for my Big Apple move!!! LOVE your place! πŸ™‚

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