All complements go straight to my head. The biggest compliment that I've received to date was from another daughter who complained that I hadn't done anything like that for her. That's a problem I like having.
The bottom shelf was a partly style choice to suggest that the top assembly was 'just' sitting on the base. The top was such a tall, almost overpowering element, that I wanted a bit of a distraction. This also made it easier to build and assemble, a real consideration as I was, and still am, something of a novice in wood.