Well, it took me long enough to get my act together… I’ve only been talking about this for literally years… but, I’m finally getting my interior design business off the ground! (and checking off #6 on my “30 before 30″)
Nothing like styling an 8 foot tall bookcase to make you realize how few books you actually have! Seriously, I grabbed books from my office cubies and hubby’s office built-in and maybe had enough to fill a shelf. Good thing that tag sale season is about to start- I need to go on a (cheap) book buying binge!
As you might be able to see if you pay close attention, I painted the back of the shelves a very light gray to add a bit of contrast.
I’m fairly confident that this styling will be evolving greatly over the next few months as I acquire more books and the room grows around it, so consider this Style Take 1. I’m also still hunting for the perfect baskets and/or bins to live on the bottom shelf. I wish I had gotten these before they sold out.
I’m practically bouncing out of my socks in anticipation for my newly reupholstered chair to come home this Wednesday after my last upholstery class. At that point I’ll be banishing Clifford the big red chair upstairs to hubby’s office (YAY). The reupholstered chair won’t be 100% complete and I’ll still have some homework to finish but GUYS, IT’S GOING TO MAKE THIS ROOM! I’m not excited at all. nope. not me.
The other major change in the room will be a sofa. I’m very very very impatiently trying to wait until we sell Frankie to order it, but Mitchell Gold is making it difficult and having a stellar sale. I have, however, narrowed my fabric selections down to 2- velvet or microsuede?? I think the velvet would be top if I knew how it would work with the kitties. Any crazy cat ladies with velvet sofas out there??
Back to the shelves! In addition to an embarrassingly small collection of books, a little bit of everything made it on there from wedding pictures to IKEA art and quite a few thrift finds.
Now I have to revisit styling throughout the rest of my house since the majority of my small items have now found a home here. Darn, more styling to do.
Who has bookcase styling on the brain? This girl! Sadly I’m still working on the painting of my new bookcase, so I’ll have to wait a few more days. Until the paint is dry and ready for styling, there’s no harm in drooling over other well-styled surfaces from around the web.
*sidenote* If you LOVE these as much as I do and want to pin them, please please click through to the source and pin from there. Thanks!!
I can’t talk about well-styled shelves without using an example from Emily Henderson. That girl is seriously on another level. The variety of blue tones mixed with simple neutrals keeps this eclectic collection from feeling busy.
Better Homes and Gardens is never short on styling inspiration. It’s one of the few home magazines that I actually do read- their featured spaces are always so well done, but still look livable. I love this collection of white ceramics and colorful antique books.
Where this image came from is a mystery- I have pinned it twice from 2 different tumblr accounts, so I’d love to give credit where it’s due! Firstly, I love anything in this color. Add fun antique pieces and I’m weak in the knees.