Built in bookshelves have traditionally been a popular way to increase storage and decorate your home at the same time. They provide abundant space for storing books and similar items, while also offering a place to display personal mementoes and artwork. This wall of bookshelves includes lower base cabinets on either side of the sliding patio doors. Painted, all-wood doors cover the cabinets, while laminate was used for the wall unit structure and shelves. Traditional wood shoe moulding creates a lip and covers the front edge of each wood shelf, giving the appearance of bookshelves that are completely constructed from solid wood. Fluted panels outline the shelving and present an elegant aesthetic. Wood crown moulding, also painted white like the cabinet doors, completes the look. This combination of wood components in front with laminate for the less visible structure gives the premium appearance of an all-wood system, with the cost savings of building in less expensive laminate. Traditional style choices, such as the raised panel door fronts and crown moulding that extend the wall unit to the ceiling, complement the homeowner's French country décor. The built in shelving frames the doorway and million dollar view like a trellis. This creative shelving idea adds practicality and decorative personalization to this urban condominium. The construction is similar to building a wall unit as a fireplace surround, but the focal point is the patio door and its spectacular view of the Chicago River. This unique bookshelf customization around the sliding glass doors distinguishes this unit from its neighbors, which should come in handy when it comes time to sell.