Thursday, February 2, 2012

Well Styled Bookshelves.

I'm a sucker for anything that is well styled. It takes patience and a good eye. A well styled bookcase is even more challenging because it is so much space and you need a good collection of beautiful books and accessories.
Source: lonnymag.com via Jane on Pinterest

My bookcase (a Christmas present that took a bit of backseat with all the action around here) is nearing completion. Finally. I hope to be begin the task of styling it this weekend. I am super excited to do it but intimidated at the same time. I'm just trying to remind myself of what I tell others (just my humble advice):
  •  Take your time.
  •  Try many different combinations.
  •  Layer! Using different heights and textures.
  •  Photograph it, then analyse it. Sometimes it's easier to pick out what isn't working in a photo.
  •  Live with it a while.
  •  Don't be scared to change it up. Nothing is permanent! 
Look at me handing out advice.. talk about putting pressure on myself! Anyway, sorry about the lack of "real" photos this week. With any luck, I'll be back Monday with some progress shots of the bookcase. For now though, here are my favorite style bookshelves.

Source: cozamia.com via Jane on Pinterest
Source: google.ca via Jane on Pinterest

Obviously, I like a bookshelf that is busy! Lots of books, lots of accessories, lots of personality. Problem is, do I have enough stuff to make it work? Time will tell!

14 comments:

  1. I absolutely love styled bookcases, but I feel like whenever I do it myself it just looks cluttered...thanks for these inspiration photos, they've definitely given me some ideas! :)

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  2. Thank you for this post. I will definitely have another look at ours and see what I can change. They are great inspiration to choose from.

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  3. Love styled bookcases. It's hard to get them just right, but I love when people's personalities shine through. Glad to have found your blog- it's beautiful!

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  4. Love, love, love these images! Gorgeous ;)

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  5. Great advice. Love the images.

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  6. I love these bookcases and how full of actual books they are! I'm trying to add more to my collection.

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  7. I can't wait to see what you come up with! I'm still trying to figure out how to style my bookshelf.

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  8. Great tips! It does take a while - I spent a whole Saturday doing ours! And great idea to take a photo - it's like an outfit - you really do spot what's working and not working when you see it through a lens. Good luck! And don't worry about not having enough stuff - it's easier to build on it than to try to decide what to remove!

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  9. Great post! The most annoying thing is setting out to style something like that and realizing that you definitely do not have a fabulous collection of knick-knacks. Must do more thrifting! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  10. I love styled bookcases!!! I study them for fun ideas of things to mix in! Creating my own is quite the love/hate though!! :)

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  11. Those are great tips-- and some fantastic inspiration photos. can't wait to see your new bookcases all styled and pretty!

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  12. Totally feel the same way, Jane! Can't wait to see what you do with yours :)

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  13. Corner Bookshelves can turn your unused corner into an attractive space for displaying your books, collections and treasures.

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Love hearing from you! Thanks so much :)