Thursday, May 3, 2012

Styled Bookcases and Cabinets.

I said I'd be back one of these days to share some updated styling photos of my bookcase so I guess today is the day! I really like how it's coming along but it is continually a work in progress.

I tend to like the layered look. I absolutely love pretty books and buy some here and there when I get a chance. I'd love to have more. You can also tell, I have a thing for white ceramics - jars, vases, birds. I find they look nice grouped together, plus are very versatile in that you can use them anywhere in your home if you feel like moving things around.

I thought I'd also share some styled bookcases by some of my recent clients. Kim had a cabinet in her dining room that had originally belonged to her parents. She removed the doors and painted it black which worked well with her previous decorating style. When we discussed lightening up the palette in her home, we decided painting the cabinet white was her best option.

Here is the cabinet getting a coat of primer from a little helper:)

Here is her cabinet now painted a bright white and with new hardware to match her kitchen cabinets. 
It is simply styled with glassware, mugs and dishes in a unified color scheme. It feels so airy! If you missed the renovations at Kim's place, you can check them out here.

Next up is a beautiful wall cabinet at Jennifer's house. She thought about painting it but ultimately decided to leave it since it was original to the house. I'm so glad she did! It's such a beautiful piece.

She had the frames in there for a while and wanted a change. I suggested paring it down a bit by picking out her favorite items and adding some glassware. Then wallpapering the backs to brighten it up and to tie in with her new light blue-grey paint color.

I think it turned out pretty awesome. Good work Jen! Doesn't she have some good looking relatives?

Bookcases often become drop zones for clutter in our homes. A missed opportunity to showcase your favorite things. I hope this post inspires some of you to clear out those bookcases and get creative!


  1. ooh so pretty! i love every detail! but mostly the big owl of course. :)

  2. I always love a beautifully styled bookcase...and you're right, they are a missed opportunity if you aren't using them to show off your pretties! (c:

  3. Love the way you styled your book cases. You have such a great eye Jane!

  4. Beautifully done. Love all the white.

  5. YOur bookshelves look great...i'm desperate for some..but can't go the custom route! OH what to do...

  6. Hello
    So happy to have found you...
    Another Island blogger, that's great...I'm your newest follower...
    I invite you to visit my blod as well sometime...
    Blessings Lori

  7. I am struggling a bit to style these shelves that my grandfather recently built me. Any suggestions?

    Yours and the others look great!

  8. I keep scrolling back up to the shelf with the lady watercolor and the ampersand. Gorgeous! I'm studying.

  9. Great job Jane! I struggle with styling, and I keep on realizing just how much STUFF you have to have on hand to make bookcases look good!

  10. My favorites are the owls and the small clock! So cute!


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