Anatomy of a Well Styled Bookshelf

We’re moving into our new office today (!!!!!!!) so this is going to be short and sweet. Someone suggesting tips on styling bookshelves and so I thought I’d break down a few images of ones we’ve done for you with the hopes that it helps you with your own bookshelf styling!   The issue we run into with a lot of bookshelf styling jobs is not enough books. The key is to have as many books as possible- hopefully all ones that interest you, but no shame in buying books for their pretty spines (ahem!)  Too many decorative objects and not enough books is not my favorite look.

Also, when arranging- start with a blank slate. Take everything off the shelves first and start arranging shelf by shelf.  Trying to just move stuff around never works out well in my experience.

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Roundup: Our Most Used Styling Accessories

One of the things that I find a lot of clients struggle with in decorating their home is that last 10%– the accessories and accents that take a room from good to great. As we continue styling and shooting our projects for book number 2 (it IS coming! Promise!) I thought I would round up the accessories the girls and I here int he office turn to time and time again for putting the finishing touches on a home. From always having birch logs on hand (for an empty fireplace or peeking out of a basket) to the frames and objects we use when styling a bookshelf or built in. Even my favorite books (yup, mine is up there- that striped spine was very much on purpose for this reason!) I hope you find these sections helpful when needing to source some final goodies for your own space! (sorry this post is so late- this too many hours more than I thought it would!)

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Distract Yourself With This.

I’m having a hard time this morning. A lot of us are. Writing a blog post about frivolous stuff seems silly and so wasteful to me right now.  But I know that is what I must do. Move forward and do what I do best. Keep my head up and believe that something good will come of all this desperation and discord our nation is suffering through.  I am trying to focus on remaining hopeful that these massive changes will spur growth for us as a people and a country and not damage the work we have done thus far to be one of the greatest countries in the world.

But this I will say. I have a voice. I am a woman of strong opinion and conviction. I am not afraid to share it here or anywhere else.  I may be a design blogger and purveyor of pretty things, but I am not a robot or a giant company who cannot share preferences or beliefs.  If that bothers you, I kindly invite you to find another blogger who suits your sensibilities better because I will keep talking, discussing, arguing and sharing.  For this, I will not apologize and I will not change. Thank you for listening and keeping this space one of tolerance and open-mindedness.  I wish peace and kindness for all of you, no matter what you believe in.

– EG

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(a very nice faux fig tree from NDI)

And speaking of opinions, I’ve had VERY strong ones about the use of fake flowers and plants in decor for a very long time. Those opinions skewed hard towards the “ewwww, so tacky” viewpoint (and still do when it comes to silk/fake flowers- not my bag, baby!)  But then I got a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree and promptly killed it. So I bought another one, and studied up on how to take care of it. Aaaaaans cut to it dying almost instantaneously. I bought another. And another. I loved how it looked and so even though my space CLEARLY is not suited for keeping one alive, I kept trying.

And then I buckled. And committed a designer sin. I bought a fake one.

And you know what, it’s not terrible.  The fiddle leaf fig kind of looks fake anyways, so while I know it’s fake, others may not.  And now more than ever, we have amazing choices out there if you, like me, are the equivalent of human Clorox to plants!  Prices range drastically- and usually the more you spend, the more realistic they look.  But some of the more affordable options are looking pretty darn good these days….

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I have found myself also dipping my toe into the “it’s okay to buy faux branches, topiaries and succulents” pool as well.  Succulents especially look fake even when real, so it’s not visually offensive to pop one in a dark powder room or basement to add some greenery!  And preserved greenery, like boxwood and moss, are wonderful ways to add a little life to your space with zero maintenance, because let’s face it #aintnobodygottimeforthat.

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Jury’s still out on fake Christmas trees…. :)