How to Style a Bookcase
I am a lover of books and it has been one of my favorite pastimes since I was a child. One of my fondest memories of my childhood was having my mother read to my sisters and I every night before bed. We each had our favorites and my mother would always act out all the characters with different voices. We actually couldn’t go to sleep unless she read us a story so it became our thing (my dad always got so jealous). I don’t know many children who are excited for bedtime anymore but growing up, our parents never had to force us to get into bed. We couldn’t wait to enter another story book or another magical land with my dear mom and my sisters. The thing about children’s books that I miss today are all the pictures. They all had the most dreamy illustrations and the most vibrant colors. Now as an adult, I have taken my love for reading with me throughout the years and my books are some of my most cherished possessions. Most people don’t get it so this blog post might only really reach some of you but to me they are a way to escape.
My favorites are mostly fiction and to this day I still love a good fairy tale. I love books that don’t take place in worlds we know. Not like outer space types of worlds but mostly something having to do with magic. I would be what you call a lover of fantasy. Your Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter type, yep, those are my people! I get giddy about any type of book where the first few pages are maps of other lands and locations where only your imagination may take you. Neverland, Narnia, Hogwartz …you name it and I’m there! I am also a lover of faeries, hobbits, goblins, talking animals and the like. With so many horrible things going on in today’s world, reading and escaping into a magical place is necessary for me. My mom and sisters still have the love for books too and they clutter all living spaces around them with books as well. Andrew has tried to get rid of them but that’s a battle he knows he can never win. He has now accepted my collections and my piles of books scattered around the house and I honestly feel like books make a house more a home.
To ease his pain and to get somewhat organized, I decided to invest in some storage solutions. Here in our household, I bring a new book home about once every week so you can see how these things pile up. This in no way is my entire collection, most of them are in my parents garage due to lack of space but I do hope for a time when I have enough space to hold them all in one location. A library with some double french doors leading into a garden… is something I hope to one day make a reality (Oh and a fireplace too!) Until then I bought THIS bookshelf recently for our apartment in Houston and decided to style it in a way that would make Andrew less resentful lol.
Here are my tips for styling a bookshelf:
- To start, my first tip is to remove all covers from each of my books. They are fun to look at when purchasing but I love them kind of naked lol. It gives it more of a rustic or old look too and are easier to incorporate into your own personal home style. I usually love to buy hardcovers more that paperbacks for they tend to have that certain smell. I can’t describe it, if you know…you know. I then always turn my paperbacks backwards to show off the pages and only show the spines of the hardcovers.
2. My second tip is to not just to line them up straight, you can get more room and more dimension by stacking some horizontally and then some vertically on top. You can also lay some diagonally or put them behind household items.
3. That leaves me to my third tip: make sure to add other household items that may have sentimental meaning. You can use photographs (I can’t wait to put one up from our wedding last September) or things like clocks, small flower vases or candles. Make it your own and make it personal.
4. Last but not least, if you have the room, one of the best places for an accent chair is by a bookcase. Get a fuzzy throw and a colorful pillow and create your very own reading nook. It will become one of your favorite places in your home. Oh and puppies are optional but highly recommended!
So, what’s next on your reading list?
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