You might be tired of hearing about our built-in bookcases but I can't finish this topic without a post about how I styled this beast. I was looking forward to styling these bookshelves since we had boxes of books in our basement waiting to be put out. Don't you think a home feels more 'homey' and collected with books somewhere in the decor? I love the look and smell of books (and reading books). Steve and I decided that one of our goals for our children would be to have a collection of books in our home. This would help them put an emphasis on education and reading (along with us reading to and with them).
Also, SHOP your HOUSE. Many items on our shelves were in some other area that I thought might look better in the library.
Here's a close up of the sconce before and after with some ribbon trim.
I used a No-Sew fabric glue to attach the ribbon to the shades.
Adding some navy blue ribbon was easy and helped make them unique.
First, I took two wire baskets I had and put on the outside bottoms to anchor the bookshelves, and put a large green bowl up at the top middle. It's good to use baskets to anchor your shelves whether it be in the middle or sides.
Second, lay out all the books and items on the floor. This will help you see what you have and how to go about putting it all in. You want most pictures to be at eye level. Also, feel free to use a mix of boxes, containers, and other items along with your books to fill your shelves. All this adds a nice variety.
When I brought out all the books- it was like Christmas morning. Our girls were so happy to sit there and look at all these books that hadn't been unpacked yet.
Who spies a Massachusetts cribbage board? My father-in law made a couple of these unique cribbage boards and now I'm happy to finally have a place to display them. Both my husband and I are from Massachusetts so we love that piece.
Overall, it takes some time to put it all together and there will be editing along the way. However, a bookshelf is a great place to display the things that have meaning to you.