Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day 18: Staging and Accessorizing Bookshelves

Truckin' right along. Day 18 of 31 Days to Transform the Heart of Your Home. If you are just tuning in, you've got quite a bit of catch up to do. I have been posting everyday since the beginning of the month and intend to do so through the 31st. Have to say, its been a challenge. But I am really liking where the kitchen and family room are going--one project at a time. I can't wait to show you a big project we've been working on (but aren't quite finished with). Such a fun feature and big impact.

Anywho, today I'm talking about:

 Yesterday I posted about how I added fabric to the back of the bookshelves that flank our fireplace in the family room. (See that here.)

Today I'm sharing how I like to add details to the shelves and how they pop against the new backdrop.

 Now there are so many ways to stage bookshelves and I am by no means an expert. I am just sharing my thoughts and ideas on the subject.

 1. Add height.

It is very easy for small little tchotchkes to get lost on a big bookshelf. Larger items stand out and get noticed.

 2. Add personality.

The family room is where our family likes to spend time together, playing games and what not. Why not show it off a bit? We are not a formal family and I want our home to portray that.

3. Be worldly. 

Show off places you've traveled-whether in books, pictures, 
souvenirs, or in this case a globe.

4. Add memories.

Why not add things that take you and your family down memory lane? Or pay a tribute to someone or something you love? It's your house---fill it with things you love.

Bookshelves have a tendency to collect clutter--just because there is a lot of space to fill. If you don't love it, don't keep it. It just collects dust and weighs you down.   There is definitely truth to the saying, "Less is more." 

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