One of my favorite people on earth recently rented a super old, super incredible farmhouse. Kim is like a sister to me and I am so proud of how hard she works at literally everything she does. My mother-in-law/bff and her have been fixing up the old farmhouse because I’m going to be honest it was in super rough shape. Like scary. Like I’m convinced it’s haunted…but by only good ghosts because as much work as the home needs when you walk in it feels like the home is giving you a big hug.
The house is being done on a budget. There is no high/low decorating going on here. This is thrift store finds, dollar store shopping and splurges done at Home Goods and Hobby Lobby. I’m hoping to photograph the house when it’s done because this is proof you do not have to break the bank to have a gorgeous space.
My favorite spot in the house is an area that is surrounded by bookshelves. It also has a built in desk. As pretty as it is these spots tend to be tricky to decorate. Bookcases happen to be my favorite to decorate.
This is a little glimpse of the area that needs decorated and styled.
There are lots of rules on styling bookcases. Just search styling bookshelves on Pinterest. I also have a ton of photo inspiration on my Pinterest board if you click here.
I usually think rules are made to be broken but there are a few rules I try and stick to when decorating bookcases/shelves.
As important as the things you chose to put on your shelves it’s equally important to give the shelves some breathing room. They shouldn’t be filled to the brim. You want the pieces to stand out and not get lost.
Add natural elements to the shelves. A plant, a piece of driftwood a bowl of pinecones. It gives the space a little life and brings the outdoor in. Oh and I love woven baskets on shelves too. It’s great for holding your mail or magazines or legos. (You get the idea.)
Keep small collections together. Like a grouping of brass candlesticks or a bunch of silver photo frames.
Scatter large collections like ginger jars on various shelves so your eye travels around the entire bookcase.
Hang art or mirrors on the front of the bookcase. It gives the space more dimension and it’s unexpected and fun.
Here are some items I think would look perfect on Kim’s bookcases. I picked these because they are all items that could easily be found at a thrift store or garage sale.
Many of the items I picked go along with the “rules” of decorating of bookcase above. I’ll explain some of my other choices.
Many of the pieces were chosen because they remind me of Kim’s mother. (Granny Kaye) Blue and white pieces will always remind me of Granny Kaye. As do the botanical prints taken out of vintage books put into frames, the vintage books and the ceramic bust. They are traditional pieces that truly never go out of style.
I added some modern art pieces because I think it’s a great way to make the shelves not look too stuffy or old fashioned.
Kim loves her family and has lots of photos so I think lots of silver frames with her family photos is a great way to keep her family close to her heart even though they live a state away.
Some items I didn’t include were grasscloth baskets, grasscloth wallpaper and brass or antique glass hardware pulls. These are all things that would elevate and transform the shelves.
My last bit of advice is always take your time and play around with the shelves. You should have fun with it. And like jewelry always take away a thing or two when you think you’re done with it.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Also if you have any design questions please feel free to ask and I’ll try and do a post on your design questions!