styling book shelves

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did you see the transformation of my book shelves, with just a little bit of paint and a little bit of time?

i thought it would be fun to show you how i style my shelves.  each time its a little bit different, and i learn something new.

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 since these are books shelves, the most basic place to start is with the books!  i tried moving the top shelf up and putting the books up high, but it looked really funny, so back to the middle it was.

it may be getting old. but i still think that arranging books in rainbow order is the prettiest!

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 i used up most of my pretty books on the right side, so i had to decide what to do with the left.  i stacked some pretty vintage books in the center and 2 wire baskets filled with books on either side.  while the color isn’t balanced yet on both sides, i still like it.

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 in an effort to add more color to the left side, i started big.  i put the large canvas from red letter words up high, with a portrait of the kids and a big red #5.  i liked the balance of color, but it wasn’t quite right.  but i kept moving on anyway…

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 a few years ago gracie made the bronze colored paper mache horse and i love it!  i added a copper pot on the left with a big full plant.  i love fresh greenery mixed in on the shelves.

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 now to balance out the top, i added one of my favorite globes to the top right, and framed a print from nap time diaries in a really pretty wood frame with a linen mat, and a random antler on a book in front.

this is where eis start changing things around, to make them feel right.  i took down the red #5 and added mini globes instead.  better but…

i also added a framed print from silas’ old room to the bottom left shelf and put a turquoise dish in front of it.  i figured i’d add a family pic over the print in the frame later.

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 and this is almost where i ended up.  i really love the old red clock that was in my dad’s office my whole life, so i decided to work that in.  i moved the pic of the kids down to the frame on the bottom left shelf and added a yellow book to the stack of vintage books (the left side needed some yellow).

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i am feeling really fancy that i was able to figure out this little gif of the shelf transformation!

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 and now for closeups!

this side is definitely my favorite because sit has all my favorite things on it.  did you notice i added the #5 behind the horse?  the verdict is still out on that one.

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 and even though its not my favorite, i still really like how this side ended up!

i have a thing about balance and making sure there is just enough, but not too much so its matchy matchy.  i also think having a bit of white space is good so your eyes have a space to rest on, so i ended up packing away a lot of my usual shelf decor.

and now the rest of my house is driving me nuts so i’m attacking one space at a time.  ok, thats not true at all – i’m attacking the whole house and not finishing anything!

 

Comments

  1. 1

    I love your “love” framed print! Any idea where you got it from?

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    Ellie LaJuett says:

    Love the look interesting and not cluttered!

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