Beauty in a Bookshelf


I’m well aware I’ve been MIA. Currently watching Mean Girls, so obviously my life is sooo busy, but really, I started a “kick A” new job, and I got a dog which is everything everyone says having a dog is… THE BEST DECISION EVERRRR!! Not to mention, I’ve got this new Netflix addiction… American Horror Story. It’s probably the most twisted show there is, but something about it keeps me coming back. I haven’t seen the new season with Lady Gaga, so I can’t speak for that one, but the witches season — season 3 — makes me kinda wish a was a witch; Walking Dead makes me wish there was a zombie apocalypse, Gossip Girl has me wanting to live in New York/Upper Manhattan, Weeds almost had me convinced selling drugs is the social norm and now American Horror Story has me wanting to possess a magical power… so YAY for not portraying a normal life whatsoever, Netflix.

Now for my tidbit of info on design and “eye-catchy” things… I have this fascination with bookshelves lately. When one is aesthetically beautiful — one might say — I can’t help but smile. There isn’t necessarily a trick to making a bookshelf look good, but here are my steps to kick-starting your mediocre bookshelf into looking fab.


1) Shelf- Find a shelf, any shelf really, even if it’s funky, made out of wires, or in the shape of a circle… just get a bookshelf. If it’s painted I’d go over it with a white gloss. Why?! Becuase white provides that clean look and allows the colors in the books & knick-knacks to pop, plus you avoid repainting over trendy designs like circa 2012’s chevron (no more chevron, not now, not ever).

2) Books- Now figure out what books you want displayed on your shelf — grab those magazines, too. Always go for a color scheme if you have tons of books. Place them on the shelf up & down, side to side, and then place a nice fixture on top or even pushed up against the books. Also, be sure your books line up right, give them structure.


3) Add YOU- Personalizing your bookshelf is my favorite part! Make it reflect you by adding things like a skull knick-knack, a fun polka dot bowl from the kitchen filled with finger nail polish, a geometric vase with a feather, a picture frame, sugar cookie candle, simple succulent, etc. MIX IT UP! A book shelf isn’t just for books.

4) Step Back- As you decorate your shelf, continuously take a step back and see if it looks right. If it doesn’t, play around with it until it’s like you want it! If all else fails, and this step-by-step post is a total bust, login to Pinterest and copy awayyyy.

Below are a few of my personal favorite bookshelves I’ve come across online and out in the real world.





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