Top 5 Tips for Styling Beautiful Bookshelves

Hi all! We’ve been in our new house for a couple of weeks now, and are finally feeling settled. While the moving boxes and heaps of paper are long gone, we need to hang art in the boy’s rooms, finish decorating the guest room, and the list goes on. A house seems to be a never-ending project, however I suppose that’s part of the fun! One important task that my mom helped us with during the move, was styling our bookshelves in the den. Styling shelves sounds simple, but it’s really an art, as you want to strike the perfect balance between height and color, and form and function.

In our past home, our shelves were filled (cluttered) with books, silver picture frames, and a collection of decorative objects. In theory this sounds lovely, yet, the shelves never seemed to flow and felt more chaotic than clean. I knew when we moved into this house I wanted books and blue and white porcelain – simple, simple simple – and so my mom and I went to work organizing and re-organizing the shelves. The bookshelves were like a giant puzzle, and we had to figure out how all of the pieces connected together. Thanks to my mom’s expertise, our shelves turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined. I want to share everything that I learned with you all, and so here are my tips for styling brilliant bookshelves.

Tip #1: The first tip I have is for the shelves themselves – if they aren’t already built-in, adjust them so they are all the same height. This will create a uniform and symmetrical look.

Tip #2: Decide on a theme, such as shelves filled with only books, or books and blue and white porcelain, or books and a few picture frames, lucite art, etc. This styling compass will guide your design process so you can have a consistent look.

Tip #3: Organize books by color – create a stack of blue books, red books, green books, pink books etc. This truly looks so incredible, and is one of my favorite parts of our shelves. And in the event you don’t have too many coffee table books, pop over to a used book store and you will be surprised at the fabulous selection of affordable and wonderful options.

Tip #4: Style a combination of stacks of books (those with color coordinating spines) as well as a few beloved books propped up so you can admire their gorgeous covers. FYI – Carolyn Roehm, Tory Burch, Veranda, and Gray Malin are the Crown Jewels of book-case styling.

Tip #5: Keep it simple! Instead of crowding the shelves, strive for a clean, and minimalistic look (see the picture above as an example). That way, you can really appreciate each shelf as a little work of art, as well as the bookshelf as a whole.

15 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

 

Father’s Day is June 18th, and so if you haven’t already purchased a gift for your hubby, dad, or grandfather, now is the time! I’m planning a special surprise for my husband – I have to keep it a secret since he may be reading this 😉 – that I think he’s really going to enjoy. While the gifts that I’ve found are all tangible presents, experiences are another fabulous treat for the special guy (guys!) in your life – think a massage at a wonderful spa, round of golf at his favorite course, date night or day-date at a fun new restaurant, tickets to a concert or the theater, a day of wine tasting,  etc. And if your husband is celebrating his first Father’s Day, how cute would a beautiful card and this book be as a gift from baby to Daddy. Guys can be tricky to buy for, however I hope that these ideas help in your search for the perfect Father’s Day gift!

 

Guest Room Goals

Happy Monday all! Moving day is around the corner, and I am so excited to finally be in our new home. We will dearly miss our current house – it’s a charming cottage we bought right before we were married. From our days as newlyweds to bringing both of our children home from the hospital to this house, we have loved every minute. The cottage will always have a special place in our hearts,  however, life is filled with change, and this change is one we are all ready for! We can’t wait for our next chapter and the fun adventures ahead.

So what am I most excited about? The pristine white kitchen of course! You know how I love to cook, and having a beautiful space to make all the meals will be a real treat. And the playroom – finally a place to store all of the boy’s toys!

We will now have a guest room for loved ones too (hooray!), and we will need to put the finishing touches on this cozy retreat so it’s ready for visitors. We’re doing a neutral palate – think white, tan and blue – including some special monogrammed pillows for the bed. I still need to find a headboard, mirror, and other furniture, and so I’ve been trying to find some inspiration. Here are a few of my favorite guest rooms, and cheers to a great week ahead!