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!

    xo,
    RJ