4/17/12

currently coveting: well-styled bookshelves

One of my favorite things about the house I grew up in was the set of built in bookshelves in our den.  They housed our vast collection of books and Gigi worked at styling them, adding color with her beloved blue and white porcelain and carefully arranging and rearranging her collection of accessories.    

Whether we are talking about the shelves in my childhood home, the lone ladder shelf in my current bedroom, or the built-ins I long for in my dream home, I simply love a bookshelf and hoped to share some of my favorite tips (all I know, I learned from Gigi) for creating the well-styled look I love... 

1.  Try organizing books by color...  
Just like the clothes in my closet, my books live in ROY G BIV order.  And though I'm fond of my styling, I simply can't compete with the perfection that is this Windsor Smith room 

2.  Try stacking books in different ways...
Place books horizontally and vertically or even with their spines towards the walls...  

3.  Try adding layers... over time... 
Bookshelves aren't just for books.  Add a collection of fun accessories, photographs, and artwork.  Vary your heights and textures.  And finally, try to leave room around your pieces so as not to clutter.  

Gigi and I want to help you start your collection of fun accessories.  
We found this pair of horse bookends... 
And this single, rearing horse bookend.  
Inspiration?  Look no further... 

E-mail us at single.splash.of.lime@gmail.com with your offers.