Tag: Centsational Girl

Bookcase Love

April 17, 2012


So very gorgeous!

Don’t you love looking at inspiring photos of beautifully styled shelves?

DIY bookshelves

You know how I love vignette’s!here, here & here. Chris over at Just a Girl” is an amazing DIY’er and blog extraordinaire designed the bookcase above. Isn’t it beautiful? She shares the DIY instructions on her website on how to build the actual shelves here.

I love Sarah’s work! You can read about the amazing whole room transformation she did here. So do you notice the pattern? Many of the books are laying on their side and used as pedestals for decorative objects:


Some bookshelves are designed so well using color. Look at the picture below how the white, teal and yellow are dispersed throughout the scene:



I do love the look. Although there are not many books on the bookshelf! Is that practical for our own homes? I have a lot of books. I would like to keep them on the bookshelf, but then I wonder if all of the books crammed on there will not look as pretty!



Not as pretty, but very practical. And I do see a couple small accessories on that bookcase above!

There is no magic in decorating bookshelves. As I posted here, there are no set of rules as to what is a right or wrong way to decorate a flat table surface. Many times it only requires patience and plenty of trial and error to get it right.


Another common item that I love in all these photos are all of the white objects.

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So lovely! love.

Reading through various blogs the other day, I found strong comments either voting “yes” for hanging artwork on the actual shelf or a strong “no” stating that you do not like the look at all:


I think it would look better without the horns. I know it is supposed to be creative. What do you think? Do you like the look of artwork hanging outside the shelf? To be honest, I do not really like the look when the artwork is large. But I sure do like love this:

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Linking to Serenity Now Friday Link Party here!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Similar topics you might enjoy:

Decorating a Round Coffee Table

Seasonal Tabletops

Mirror Art

Obsessing Over Tablescapes

March 24, 2011

Okay.  I am going to admit it.  I am just obsessed with tablescapes lately!

Tablescapes, vignettes, setting a table, decorating a table, centerpieces.  I just can’t seem to get enough!!

Martha Stewart (these are paper flowers!)

Did you know that the word ‘tablescape’ is not even a word in the dictionary? Even Microsoft’s Word says that the word does not exist.  I think that they need to get with the program!

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So this past weekend, I thought why don’t you try to make a pretty table Kelly??  I decided to start with a smaller table in my kitchen nook.  This is what the table has looked like for while now:


I took out a few of my little accessories to see if I could use any of that first.  What was I thinking dragging all this stuff out!


Last week for my birthday, I treated myself to a little shopping spree at Pier 1.  I picked up a set of small plates on sale for 1/2 price for $3.50, four placemats @ $4.95 each, napkins @ $2.30 and four napkin rings for $3.95 each. Then I stopped at the Christmas Tree Shop and spent about $12 on a bunch of small accessories! Take a look at all my findings:


I had white plates already,



Then I just played with putting accessories in the middle of table until I liked the look.


I did not want to put silverware out but if you are looking for a guide on how to set a proper table, Solutions , an online and catalog store that sells ‘products that make life easier,’ offers a detailed article here.

I thought it was fun to do!  And I get to smile every time I walk by.  Even my husband, who does not care much about decorating, keeps saying how nice it looks. Yay!


I can tell this might be a new hobby for me!

Just wanted to show you my favorite Pier 1 purchase the other day:


Don’t you just love it?  I saw him from across the store- knew I had to have him right now!  I love finding those special items that make me happy.

Comments? Do you like to decorate your tables? I would love you to send pictures of your tablescapes to share!

And if you want to learn how to make your own Tablescape from scratch: Christmas Table Centerpiece 101