Monday, November 5, 2012

Bookshelf Resurrection

I moved the bookshelf down to the other end of the room.
 As I mentioned in a previous post, my goal is to create two little areas within the one room.

I love the look of the bookshelves in both of these images...
but my biggest fear as I re-consider the re-building of the bookshelf is
do I really want a bookshelf in my new configuration 
or does it just look junky?

Part of me loves the vibe and the warmth that a bookshelf can exude in a space.
And the other part of me wants to play by the less is more rule of decorating.

Or is it really all about, how you fill them,
how much 
and with what?

What is it about the bookshelf that makes a space feel real?
I get this feeling when I see a great image with just the right bookshelf
that somebody actually lives here....
this is not some design shoot orchestrated to just look pretty,
but it is life playing itself out...

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

And, of course I do realize that making something look like it "just happened" is not an easy feat...
But the thought of....
all my cookbooks in one spot along with my favourite design books, our collection of antique books from my grandmother and the odd little favourite piece of pottery?

Does that make sense?
Or should I go back to that less is more principle that keeps tugging at me?
À Bientôt


  1. YES to bookshelves - just love seeing lots and lots of books everywhere!!!
    And that table in the 3rd photo?
    I need to own that - really really need to own that

  2. I love a bookshelf with some pottery, nick nacks or artifacts placed among them. I think you should have your favourite books on display and handy. Book shelves with vintage books are beautiful and a conversation piece too. I guess you could always have doors made to cover the bottom parts. But, that would be more construction! lol

  3. I always have trouble with bookshelves too. I love the idea of them, but I understand the junky vibe you're talking about. I think if you do them right Donna, they'll be wonderful!

  4. Donna, just go for it. Don't second guess yourself.... It will look fantastic!!!

  5. I vote yes for bookshelves! When I see a picture of a room with bookshelves, I always zero in on the books to give me an idea of the personality of the person who lives there. Style them well and there is no junky thing going on. ~ Maureen

  6. Books and pottery are what makes a house a home. Clues to the people within. Pristine "unlived" in rooms leave me cold. I say surround yourself by the things you LOVE!

    1. I could not agree more....I have never liked a room that looks contrived.

  7. Books definitely! There is no such thing for me as a home without lots and lots of books.

    1. I am not surprised at your comment Jill. I can imagine that you have set up a great reading spot in your new place!

    2. I really must learn how to 'post' some photos...yes, this house has a couple of wonderful reading spots and I make good use of them.


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