Wednesday, October 15, 2014

3 Easy Tips to Style Your Bookshelves

Are your bookshelves stylish?  Do they hold lots of small random items?  Maybe they are lacking a cohesive color palette.  Is everything lined up in a row or worse, stuffed in wherever things fit?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions...your bookshelves are without a doubt not stylish!  Listen, I'm not trying to make you feel bad - really.  How 'bout you empty those shelves right now and start over.  Here are some easy bookshelf styling tips to get you started.  Your welcome :)

1.  Choose a color palette
A great way to avoid shelves from looking cluttered and confusing is to have a defined color palette.  Pull a main color from the surrounding room.  This color could be from a chair, pillow or a rug.  Next, choose two accent colors that compliment the main color.  Use the main color two or three times on every shelf in the form of decorative items and books.  Use items in the two accent colors sparingly.  Another way to incorporate the main color is to paint the back of the bookcase with it.

2.  Vary scale and height
Arrange your decor in clusters not straight lines. Use items that vary in sizes. Stack books horizontally to elevate your favorite decor items and to add color.  Remember that several small items can get lost in a bookcase.  Focus on your larger decor.

3.  Layer
You don't want your styling to look one dimensional.  Layer decorative items by placing trays, plates, frames or mirrors behind them.  

More tips:  

  • Thrift stores are great resources for hardback books in the colors your need.  Just peek behind the paper sleeve to see what the binding color is.  When you find the books your need, simply trash the paper sleeves and stack those books on your shelves!  You'll look super smart too.  Unless you choose a bunch or hardback romance novels.
  • Have some decor you'd like to use on the bookshelves, but it's not the right color?  Spray paint it! Try a glossy paint or a metallic paint for a little gleam.
  • Don't forget family photos!  Black and white photos can add some real interest.

Okay, time for you to start emptying those shelves and get started.  You can do it!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Most Popular Post: Mercury Glass Pumpkins

It seems my all time most popular post has been one of the easiest projects I've ever done!  Today, I'm sharing this project again. I hope you try them and have fun doing this project! Click for instructions! Mercury Glass Pumpkins

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Modern Chair = Modern Love

The other day I visited a really cute European style shopping center called Lafayette Village.  My friend and I had fun going in and out of the unique shops.  I found it interesting that were was a shop solely dedicated to spices and another solely dedicated to olive oil!  Although the spice shop completely overwhelmed me, I couldn't resist sampling the oils at the olive oil shop.  They let you fill up little cups with the oil and sample them with bread!!  And, they had every flavor combination you could think of!  I loved the mandarin orange oil, but ended up purchasing one that I know I'll use every day.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Glamorous Teen Bedroom Makeover Update

Last month I wrote about my blogging break and the new project I was slowly working on for my daughter's teen bedroom makeover.  Read that post here.  Well, it has been very slow going...starting with re-purposing our guest room furniture and painting it for her new room.  This is what it looked like before...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Blogging Break, A Grey Mood & A Grey Bedroom

I'm back from a two month blogging break.  The reason for my break is a little long...My last post was in November, right in the thick of all the holiday decor and project posts by my fellow bloggers.  Honestly, I struggle every year during this season with balancing my life, the holidays, my clients and my blog.  I'm always so impressed with how seemingly effortlessly everyone cranks out all those holiday posts!  I'm not sure how to achieve this without starting the process in October.  And, I'm the type of gal who likes to enjoy the holiday during the actual holiday and not two months before.  So, there's that.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nashville Mansion Tour

CMA's are airing tonight, which is always a good time and more like a concert than an award show! One of my favorite TV shows is ABC's Nashville. Today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at a home in Nashville that is the location for the show's main character, Rayna.