Styling Bookshelves

I have thought about styling, or re-styling, my living room bookshelves for a while. There were a few obstacles though…like where would I put everything that didn’t make the cut? Storage in my house is running out…very quickly it seems. Anyway, my goal was to get all my white and cream ironstone finally in one place. I love seeing bookshelves styled with a homeowner’s collections. I think it’s a great way to put your mark on a room.

After the initial confusion, it all started to come together.

Styling Bookshelves

My living room is a rectangle. One long wall is nothing but window and bookshelves. It was one of the reasons we bought this house. The symmetry of this wall just makes me smile.

Styling Bookshelves

When I sit in my corner chair, this is the wall that I see.

Styling Bookshelves

 I thought I would have plenty of ironstone to fill the shelves. Happily, I did not! I haven’t added to my collection for a while because I didn’t have room to display any more. Now I do…

Styling Bookshelves

I tried leaving some of the books on the shelves and just adding the ironstone.

Styling Bookshelves

For me it didn’t work. What I would like to do is cover some of the books with ivory paper and then add them. The hodge podge of my book collection was throwing everything off.

Styling Bookshelves

I’m working on some new pillow covers to bring in more  pops of yellow. I’ve wanted to add some buffalo check for years and finally ordered a swatch from Country Curtains. Hopefully it will be just the right color.

Styling Bookshelves

I thought about clearing out the corner cabinets in my dining room and putting the ironstone there. I decided against that because I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. By putting it in the living room, I can not only enjoy the view, I can obsess about adding more!

Happy Wednesday…make it a good one!

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  1. says

    Symmetry makes me smile, too. I love your ironstone display and I think it’s great that you put it where you can truly enjoy it. I can’t wait to see the buffalo check…..I’ve wanted to incorporate buffalo check in my home for a long time….just haven’t found the right spot yet.

  2. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Ann, I would put all that lovely ironstone collection on display, too! And how wonderful you’ve “discovered” space to allow your collection to grow. I have been pondering what to put back on some shelves that we have on our big dividers. Hope the buffalo check is just the right color!

  3. says

    I like it when collections are displayed in one spot rather than scattered throughout the house. Your shelves look great, and I like the Quimper mixed-in with the white ironstone.

    I love buffalo checks. I can’t wait to see what you make with it!


  4. says

    Love your ironstone collection…so pretty! I have book shelves in my living room too and have my white pitchers on the shelves with the books. Not really happy with them all being on the shelves together, but I have no where else to put the books. I love buffalo check and have them in the tan color in my living room and dining room. I purchased the fabric from JoAnn’s and made them…but I’m asked all the time if I got them from Country Curtains.

  5. Donnamae says

    You’ve got quite a collection there…and what a nice surprise…room for more! Gotta love it. I’ve been cleaning closets, and discovered things I haven’t seen in a few years….it was like shopping…without the cash outlay! Anxious to see the buffalo check! ;)

  6. says

    Your bookshelves look sooo good. I like your mix of ironstone and pictures. I know what you mean about covering books in white to make the look work. I need to do that, because my bookcases look like a hodge podge of things. You did a beautiful job! I’m off to watch the last part of the first episode of Downton Abbey. I recorded it and just finally settling down to watch it.

  7. says

    I am always fascinated how people “style” their bookshelves. I really like the way you fashioned yours shelves to look clean, and simple but elegant. Your eye rests upon each piece without feeling overwhelmed. Great job Ann!

  8. Anne Boykin says

    Hi Ann, I’ve been wanting some of the Country Curtains buffalo check in black. I hope you like the yellow – it looks fabulous in the catalog. Your shelves look wonderful!

  9. says

    Sounds like you are loving checks too! I have purchased a small checked grey Ikea comforter for the end of my bed. The colour of it keeps it from looking too country and I’m going to go from there with a makeover in there. And Ikea has a lovely red and white check, larger but not buffalo check that I want to use in my kitchen. I think I’ll make new window treatments in there.
    I love your bookshelves with the white ironstone, it’s very beautiful and I appreciate the symmetry that you’ve achieved with what you have on it.
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  10. Rondell says

    Love the ironstone on the shelves, I don’t blame you for wanting them where you can see them. I wrapped books with some linen fabric and love them need to do more though, I do have white wrapping paper left over from Christmas, maybe that will be my “to do” thing for this week:)
    Have a wonderful day!

  11. says

    Oh Ann, it looks so beautiful! I agree, it’s far better to have room for more pieces… how fun! The layered art also looks great. For me anyway, styling shelves is one of the hardest things to do, and yours look fabulous with your ironstone collection!