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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Still Unpacking Boxes - How To Style Bookcases

Can you believe that I am still unpacking boxes.  I thought for sure I had all the boxes of decor unpacked, then hubby made a trip to the storage shed and brought home two more huge boxes.  Now in all honestly there were a few things I have been looking for, but mostly I am amazed at how fast you forget what you have.  It was like Christmas all over again opening those boxes and not necessarily in a really great way.  Some things I was thrilled to see and remember and then there were all kinds of things that just don't fit my style anymore and I was wondering why in the world I hadn't purged these things earlier.  At any rate, it was time to redo a few spots in the house and make them a little more "me".


The bookcases in my "Girl Cave" loft were in pretty sad shape.  I just put whatever was at hand in there mainly to have a place to put it and it certainly wasn't decorated.  Here's my take on How To Style Bookcases.


When I redid the family room, the leather chair came up here and the wicker chair I had previously here went to the family room, so now that there is leather here and this place is also my office, I wanted to give the bookcases more of a library look.  As you can see in the mirror, the bookcase/entertainment center is across from the seating group
Girl Cave


  I really enjoy this piece here, great to watch some of my favorite tv shows, listen to music and the storage is fantastic too.  I just needed to organize those shelves and make them look better.


Arranging bookshelves is always tricky.  You can add other accessories, or definitely make it a library with all books.  I like a mix of both fun accessories & books.  I also like to create little vignettes on each shelf by placing books, plants and decor items together.  I also really prefer a layered look with some items in the back, some angled and something in front.  This seems to give each shelf some depth.
Styling Bookcases


 Here's a look at each shelf.









Each shelf has a grouping of books for my "library" theme, however they are surrounded with a variety of other decor pieces.

















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Now I need to purge a ton of stuff and make a trip to Goodwill.  It's funny, this house doesn't seem to have as many surfaces to decorate as the last house, so I need to dwindle my stash down to the things I really, really love.

How about you, are you always purging and switching things out too?

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9 comments:

  1. I like mixing it up too. Looking good, Marty!

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  2. You are so good at arranging items - everything always turns out beautiful!

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  3. It's interesting how you changed the "flavor" of your shelves when the leather chair was added. All the furnishings play their own role in the decor of a room. I love the library look. You are the undisputed Queen of Shelves! xoxo

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  4. Can you believe I still have a few boxes in the garage I have never unpacked, also? They are clearly labeled, so I know what's in them...and things I don't need often, like punch bowl sets and such. Since I have no space in the cabinets, I figure they can stay right where they are until I need them! Your office/girl cave is lovely!

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  5. Thanks for the tips. I have a shelf unit in my office that I have struggled with since we got here.

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  6. Your shelves look great. And I just love your room. Your round pine mirror would just fit in my great room. 😊

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  7. Looks great MArty and yes, I am always changing things up.

    Mary

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  8. i will share this to my friends.... thanks for posting..

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  9. It's so you! I love the girl cave. Great job on the shelves. You have impeccable taste.

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