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Bookshelf Styling

Hi!  So, we’ve moved.  And our new house still feels like a the moving van blew up inside of it, but we are slowly making progress.  The “house tours” of the old house are on hiatus because my desktop (where the pics are) is still not set up.  The main cable router was set up in an awkward place and I am still trying to figure out where to put the computer.  So, the laptop and the iPhone camera have been getting a workout!  (Hence the iPhone pics in this post because my “big camera” uploads to the desktop — pesky logistics!)

I took the length of the baby’s nap on Saturday (about an hour and change) to luxuriate in styling the built-in bookshelves in our family room.  There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to style bookshelves, and I followed the general guidelines of one of my favorite design bloggers, Emily A. Clark, as posted about here.  Generally: 1. Start with the books, 2. Arrange vertical/tall pieces, 3. Insert a collection (I skipped this step), 4. Add texture and small accessories, and 5. Rearrange, rearrange, rearrange!

Here is the before:

before

I emptied all of the shelves and added clusters of books:

books

Then, I added the vertical/taller pieces, then some textured items and smaller accessories.  Finally, I spent the rest of the weekend tweaking and rearranging, and here is where I ended up:

after

Here is a close-up of the left side:

left

{Do you spy my beloved stack of old Domino mags?  Elle the Elf is guarding them!}

And, here is a closer look at the right side:

right

I think it really helped that all of my accessories and books were newly unpacked and hadn’t been put anywhere yet.  I was working with truly a blank slate and nothing had been “earmarked” for a specific spot in the house yet.

Also, I had to restrain myself from filling all of the empty space.  I started “over-accessorizing” and it began feeling cluttered and claustrophobic to me.  I have seen spaces with chock-full bookshelves and it seems to work, but in my own house, I wanted enough breathing room to be able to see and appreciate each piece.  I wanted the arrangement to feel unforced, relaxed and clean.

These bookshelves will always be a work in progress, and that is the fun!  This weekend, I may take down the pinecone wreath and replace it with some art, and add two Christmas wreaths, like this, but probably fresh and green:

wreaths

{P.S. I really love this space, but isn’t that random floor lamp on the right side really distracting?  I wish I could photoshop it out.}

Any tips or guidelines for styling a bookshelf for me?  I’m all ears.  I love to hear strategies used by other people to style spaces, especially bookshelves!

Merry merry, y’all!

Home Decorators Doubletake

Upon arrival in my household, usually the Home Decorators catalog does directly into the recycle bin.  Think cheesy doctors’ office
waiting room furniture. 

However, after seeing a few promising items on design blogs recently, I leafed through my catalog over the weekend.  And wow!  Great stuff and prices.  They are collaborating with Martha and must be under new creative direction! 
Check it:

{Garden Side Chair, Home Decorators, $99}

{Reflections Storage Shelf, Home Decorators, $349}

{Martha Stewart Fretwork All Weather Rug, Home Decorators, $34-$257}

{Emily Side Table, Home Decorators, $169}

{French Side Chairs, Home Decorators, $169}

{Ainsworth Beveled Mirror, Home Decorators, $299}

{Distressed Cain Candleholders, Home Decorators, $17-$29}

Keep up the good work, Home Decorators!

P.S. If you haven’t checked out the new High Gloss Magazine, grab your beverage of choice and devour it.  Kudos to Paloma, Erin and the whole team!  My fave spread is Jamie Meares‘ house – gorgeous.

Hallway Update: Console-ation

Happy New Year!  Thanks for all of your comments on my hallway update.  So, I have chosen the green color scheme! 

I luvvved the contrast of the red against the gray walls, but I decided that it didn’t have any “flow” with the rest of the house.  Also, the hallway doesn’t have very much natural light and the red may have been a little too dark for the space. 

Anyway, I found the most GORGEOUS console at Wisteria. 

{Insert SWOON!!}  Measure first, get excited later.  Lesson learned.  At 19.5 inches deep, it’s way too deep for the space.  {Insert gnashing of the teeth.}

To quote Chicago, “don’t look back, never look back.”  

Moving on.  I stumbled across this lovely console at Brocade Home, which is perfectly long (52 inches) and not too deep (17 inches).  At $499 + $50 shipping surcharge, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a fabulous, lifelong, investment piece.  I love the high gloss black finish.

I also love the Parsons console (pictured in my inspiration board above) from West Elm:

The dimensions work (54 inches long and 18 inches deep), and the price is about right ($349 + $30 shipping).  I love the simplicity of its lines and Parsons tables will always be a classic look. 

I also like the idea of the Parsons book shelf from West Elm.  The extra space would be nice for storage (books!) and fun to style.  It’s the same price as the console and the dimensions are still about right (48 inches long and 16 inches deep). 

In a similar vein, I have always liked the Chloe tables from Pottery Barn:

It is on sale ($299 with no shipping surcharge), and the dimensions work well (47.5 long and 17 deep).  My only concern is that I will get tired of this look over time.  These tables have been around for at least 6 years, maybe longer.  I am not sure that this console has a timeless, classic look that I will love for years to come.

The console will sit centered on a long wall in the hallway with black gallery frames hung above, and two lamps on each end. 

What do you think??  I would love to hear your opinions, thoughts and ideas!

Playroom Perfection

kwplayroom

Ever since I laid my eyes on this divine playroom in this month’s issue of Cookie Magazine, I can’t stop thinking about its perfection.  The playroom is enjoyed by the children of the one-and-only Miz Kelly Wearstler.

My favorite part about the space is that it is so tastefully designed that it can easily be transformed into an adult library by simply changing the books and adding some seating.  Wouldn’t you love this room for yourself?  With a beautiful overstuffed chaise and all of your favorite, beautiful hard-backed books surrounding you?

The wall color, chandelier (I DIE!), simple window treatments, unique low desk/coffee table, neutral rug and gorgeous shallow built-ins are so simple, versatile and functional.  The neutral background provides a lovely canvas for the bookcovers, which provide the artwork and color for the room.

LOVE.  LOVE.  LOVE.

[Image from Cookie Magazine via DecorArtsNow]

Merry-Go-Books

pbteen

I L-O-V-E this space-saving and good-looking Revolving Boocase from PB Teen.  Although marketed to “tweens,” this would look great just about anywhere — bedroom, study, home office, family room, play room,  hallway…. 

pbteen2

And, more than books, it’s an organized and attractive way to display those beloved tschotkes that clutter up tabletops, counters, nightstands and window sills, and distract the eye from your amazingly designed space.

Wouldn’t it be fun to play “spin the bookcase” to choose your next book (a la the “spin the globe” game to choose your next travel destination)?!