Ok, here’s my disclaimer. I literally have no experience with styling bookshelves. But for some reason (I’m a gigantic book nerd, there’s your reason), we have about 9 bookcases in our house.
Not pictured: a small bookshelf that I packed to the gills this weekend with books that I need to read. Nerd alert. But I clearly am having a secret love affair with bookcases. They’re so versatile…I mean, in my house we use them for everything from actual books to shoe storage.
Most of what I’ve displayed above isn’t exactly “styled,” but I always try to incorporate a few things into every bookcase: a picture, something green or naturey (usually one of these truly excellent Target succulents), a small DIY, and something meaningful. I always try to vary my heights as well…so if you have some low lying things, you need to add some taller objects to balance everything else out!
So, a few months ago, when our landlord gave us a less than 24 hour notice that they were doing a walk through of our house with the fire chief (something about codes), I threw together this bookshelf in our hallway. It was part of our furniture jumble that used to hold the TV and DVDs, and it had been living empty in our hallway since then. So, I shopped our house and threw everything together on it.
So here are our components…instead of a picture, I put the Fireman’s Firefighter of the Year award up, the fakey plant is up there, and the little jar of shells is from our trips to Peaks Island. And that funky geometric blue thing? It’s my DIY, made off of this blog post…it was kind of a pain, but I love how it came out. It tends to float around the house a lot. As for the other things…they’re pieces that also tend to float around. I found that gigantic shell for a dollar at Goodwill (a dolla makes me holla, honey boo boo!!), I DIY’d those tissue paper flowers last Easter, and the green vase was from our Relay for Life event, and it’s full of some fantastic disco balls. I added the books to give some height to the shells, and voila! Instant styled bookshelf!
Please tell me that I’m not the only one with a strange need to style every bookshelf I come across!! Share yours!!