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Home Office Bookshelves Complete & How to Find Stuff for Styling Bookshelves

June 30, 2018

The original plans were that our new office would be finished by the end of May. What is the date today? July 1. Has this ever happened to you? Of course it has.

But it  is coming out beautifully. My husband Mike has put a lot of time and work into designing and building these shelves. I thought before the final show of the room, I would give you a few ideas on how to find items to display to make your bookshelves beautiful!:

new shelvesBefore I can even start to decorate; BIG TIP: When you hire electricians for a job, make sure you tell them exactly where the plugs will be. I assumed, wrong, that they would put the plugs close to bottom of shelf or anywhere else besides where they put them in the middle of the wall. Duh. So before I do anything, I have to cover the plugs:


Better. My first place to look for items to style the shelves is shopping my own home. In closets, basement and cupboards. I have tons of stuff from over the years! I knew that the very top shelf of the bookcase would look best with one simple accessory that one, looks good and two, takes up room. That can be a tray or I like to use a basket:Read More

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.

wall of bookcases cg

centsational girl

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:

centsational girl


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