Bookshelves…agh!

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I happen to love re-arranging my bookshelves. I think that makes me a little odd…even as a little girl I liked to arrange my toys and stuffed animals on the white formica (sorry mom, I told) bookshelf in my room. I would arrange by color, size, cuteness….I see my daughter doing the same thing so maybe it is genetic:) I realize now that many of my friends and clients stare at bookshelves as a stackable IQ test, or whatever you would call the equivilent final exam for design savy-ness.

Fret not! Bookshelves are your savior in a house as chaotic, bouncy and noisy as mine is! Here is where you have carte blanche to dress your nest with things that would become a tossing toy if left on the coffee table.  A vertical perch to keep valuables away from little hands, turn the hodgpodge of your grandmothers silver into “a collection” and even hang paintings, plates or mirrors. Here is a little inspiration…

I love the effect of hanging artwork or mirrors on the bones of the bookshelves...
I love the effect of hanging artwork or mirrors on the bones of the bookshelves…
This has it all...good stacking, lights, drama...
This has it all…good stacking, lights, drama…

Bookshelves 3

Barely a book...more like an art gallery!
Barely a book…more like an art gallery!
A great way to pop color in...
A great way to pop color in…