Project Monday

Book Shelf Styling

New year, new ideas, wanting to change things up.  
Do you ever look around and think, 'how did 'that' get to look like that?

It was after reading a few of my 'go to' blogs that I enjoy that I started looking at the bookshelves in my family room and thought; those need help. I did what most do and started dropping things on them.

This is what I looked at...
First off, I'm not crazy about bookcases flanking a fireplace. I painted them the same as the walls (SW Crushed Ice) to help them blend in. There's no getting around the 'box', and wires and cords are one of my biggest pet peeves. I acquiesced to the MR's desired to mount the television over fireplace a couple of years ago. 

I removed everything and started over.

I used to do commercial display and our homes should reflect us not look like a store. Odd numbers are good for grouping, try to find things that are meaningful to you and your family. The plate on the stand is commemorative of when I played my 'cello in Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles celebration when I was in my 20's. The antlers are all from the MR's hunts.

Bring different textures and elements into your displays, for example glass, metal, iron, etc.  Short and tall, hard and soft. I am not good with keeping plants alive but these natural dried hydrangeas work well as I'm not crazy about silks or fake. I'm also a nut for clocks.

I do like to add a few photos to my shelves.  
The Sid Dickens tile in the middle is part of my collection hung on a different wall. (another post!)

World Market has fragrant mixtures of potpourri's like this.  I got the silver/pewter basket at the Paris Flea Market years ago. It has found rest in many different places in our home.    

A couple of years ago I changed out the silver knobs for these from Anthropologie.  
Another place for fun knobs is World Market or Hobby Lobby.

Thank you Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home
Sherry Hart at Design Indulgence 
for the inspiration!

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  1. This looks great! Thank you for the styling tips!

  2. I love the cello and your meaningful displays.

  3. Hi Renae! I so need to redo my bookshelves. You inspire me :) BTW thanks for your sweet comment on my blog yesterday. It meant more than you know. :) Adding you to my blog roll :)



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