Fare thee well, Shelf

February 16th, 2011

A moment of overly dramatic silence please.


Thank you.

BAM! We took the shelf down.

Well, not just down, but booted it out of the house for good. Which means this bad boy is gone FOREVER. It’s off to a better place, a place full of wonder and magic that will appreciate and love it for all its shelfy glory.

Iggy, lurker Gary and The Boy took it apart in about twenty minutes after I struggled to undo it by myself for about a day. Having many hands is a good tip to know if you happen to build one of these and eventually need to take it apart or sell it on Craigslist (which seems to be happening pretty frequently). Go team Coors Light.

Like a disheveled prom queen after a bender, this thing looks busted up.

In reality it’s just in pieces piled in with the rest of Emily Henderson’s giant array of swag from the Rose Bowl. Don’t worry, I gave them a picture to sort out how it all goes back together.

Hey! It’s Team Emily – Chris, Orlando and Emily as well as a super sweet fan who wanted her picture taken with the dream team. Sorry for horning in on your moment with my iPhone.

Nicer folks you do not know. Emily is adorable and has the shopping endurance of a seasoned pro, Chris and Orlando are fantastic and ever so helpful.

So, the shelf will be installed in Emily’s new ‘studio’ set on her soon to premiere show Secrets From a Stylist (February 26th home slice!). How excited are you guys for this show? Me? I’m very excited. Trust me, it is going to blow your mind into little design chunks.

In other words, it’s good. Real good.

Now I just need to figure out what’s next for that open wall space in the living room…

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  1. bianca of terri planty on 02/16/2011:

    yeah more shopping for you! i can’t wait to see a little bit of the brick house on the H TO THE G TO THE T TO THE V! yup.
    fancy stuff.

  2. Ryan on 02/16/2011:

    Yay for change and new things to come.

  3. Brismod on 02/16/2011:

    Love how you move and change your furniture. Never boring at your place. x

  4. Tonia on 02/16/2011:

    I can’t wait to see her show, but I’m sure that you’ve got something great up your sleeve for the space. You always do.

  5. Anna @ D16 on 02/16/2011:

    It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s that I just loved that damned shelf SO MUCH. Of course, I can barely use a different coffee mug in the morning without having to visit a therapist. Change is hard for me!

  6. mss on 02/16/2011:

    I’m impressed with your ability to see everything as temporary. Since I’ve been reading your blog, I felt those shelves were sort of your fame-making moment. If there was anything in my house that I’d seen, wanted, conceived of, designed, and actually built–I can’t imagine ever letting go of it.

    You certainly inspire me not to see everything as so permanent and try something new.

  7. jen on 02/16/2011:

    Good-bye shelf. It’s all grown up now and moving to the big time. I have my DVR set for it’s debut!

  8. Martin on 02/16/2011:

    I know you don’t know me, but I can’t believe you got rid of the shelf….Ive never seen it and I’M having trouble coping with this now…IDK how I”ll get over the withdrawl of not seeing tat shelf anymore lol It was an institution in your blog….I’m sorry for this rant, I’m bad with change…..

  9. Martin on 02/16/2011:

    I know you don’t know me, but I can’t believe you got rid of the shelf….Ive never seen it and I’M having trouble coping with this now…IDK how I”ll get over the withdrawl of not seeing tat shelf anymore lol It was an institution in your blog….I’m sorry for this rant, I’m bad with change

  10. Ashley on 02/16/2011:

    Good luck and godspeed, shelf. Excited to see what you’re planning for the space, Morgan.

  11. LZ on 02/16/2011:

    The shelf was cool…. better gone though *giant smile* Bring on the change!

  12. April on 02/16/2011:

    Aw, man. I loved that shelf.

  13. CourtneyOutLoud on 02/16/2011:

    I got a little misty but then I am sure something awesome will replace it. However, knowing that it went to a good home makes me feel better. So in a way, it’s like you are now on TV.

  14. Anna on 02/16/2011:

    how about that lucite bench below, with upholstered cushions in some kilim like fabric. I can see it now. but where will your trinkets and treasures go? hm, houston. we have a problem.

  15. Rachelle on 02/16/2011:

    Sorry to see your shelf go but am so glad to see it’s going to an awesome new home.

  16. Naomi@DesignManifest on 02/16/2011:

    Why do I feel so sad the shelf is gone? I have no doubt something equally divine will replace it. Interested to see how Emily styles in up in its new life!

  17. Rivka on 02/16/2011:

    All I care about is that tool bag, held by Orlando, in the last photo. LOVE. Where can I locate this fabulous handbag, uh, I mean, yeh, tool bag?

  18. sudha on 02/16/2011:

    oh!…i could have swooped it off your hand though..i should retain a pic or two and bookmark ur pics for future inspiration 🙂

  19. yhbhs on 02/16/2011:

    wow! those people look seriously excited and happy! what did you do to them morgan?

  20. bekah on 02/16/2011:

    http://www.woodandfaulk.com has beautiful tool/handbags!

  21. Alice@AliceinDesignland on 02/17/2011:

    NOOOOOOO SAY IT AIN’T SO! Aww, well….change is good.

  22. mimo on 02/17/2011:

    aww… the shelf’s feature at some other site was what brought me to the lovely and amazing Brick House so many many months ago.

  23. Fat Cat on 02/17/2011:

    Bye bye shelf ! Snif, snif, I’m a bit sad to see you go.

    Altough I never built one myself, yours very much inspired the set up of my Cadovius shelves. Thank you for that !

  24. anne b. on 02/17/2011:

    that wood sculpture is All Kinds of Awesome.

  25. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/17/2011:

    Hooray for change! It feels so open and exciting in the living room now. We could do anything. Love that feeling.

  26. onehsancare on 02/17/2011:

    No . . . ! I loved that shelf. I coveted that shelf. I’ll miss the shelf.

  27. Orlando on 02/17/2011:

    Hours after this photograph was taken, it was discovered that I had obtained the WORST SUNBURN IN THE HISTORY OF TIME. It was glorious to run into you though, and to snag that awesome shelving unit you made. Rad.

  28. Juli on 02/17/2011:

    that shelf is why I subscribed.

  29. peggy on 02/18/2011:

    Wow. I can’t believe you sold that awesome shelf! Well, actually I can, because I get bored of things too, but damn that shelf is just so awesome. I really enjoyed following it all around the blogosphere. It’s actually very exciting that a piece you designed will be on HGTV isn’t it?

    Now to find a buyer for the burly tables and the stuffed chicken…:) Seriously though, your new coffee table is beautiful. It’s my favorite so far. I’ve been on the hunt for an oval coffee table, and they are hard to find.

  30. peggy on 02/18/2011:

    P.S. Can’t wait to see what you do with the space. Have been wanting to see you paint more. Would love to see a HUGE painting.

  31. Alicia on 02/19/2011:

    Surprising, but cool.

    Thank you for all the inspiration and information (Penofin Rosewood oil and Home Depot [rather than DWR] house numbers) on your blog.

  32. Amy on 02/22/2011:

    Oh I miss your shelves…and look – someone else is a DIY! I wanted to hug them I miss them so much.


  33. Lorena on 02/23/2011:

    You could totally build that chandelier in your friend’s house!! In fact I thought of you when I went into a shop around the corner from my house (Toronto) and I found one very similar (but frankly much more beautiful).

    The two ppl who own the shop, make a lot of their wares from found objects. And boy are they amazing–not your regular old arts and crafts. Nice modern, industrial edge to everything they do. Check it out: http://commutehome.com/?page_id=2706

  34. Jean on 02/28/2011:

    Late 2 cents, but… Congrats! That thing was a lot of clutter and noise for not much payback.

  35. Jill on 03/05/2012:

    Do you mind if I blog about this? There is so much going around the internet about original content and stealing people’s ideas. I will totally give you credit for it/the design. My dad built me this shelf. I saw it on your site after I had already seen a similar one on Angela Hardison’s blog, and he said he would make it for me.

    I want to ask permission before I steal your idea and claim it as my own. 🙂

  36. Jill on 03/05/2012:

    Another woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. 🙂

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