BOOKSHELVES BEFORE AND AFTER




Here we go again....more bookshelves.  If you follow me on Instagram then you saw a preview of  my flea market finds.  

That is MY favorite thing to do because finding small items are pretty easy.  Old books....small  tchotchke's.  Had to look up the spelling of that word....wouldn't you hate to get it in a spelling bee.

Here is the before

Since I am doing the whole room I wanted to get this part of the accessorizing done before the furniture comes next week.  That way I can see where I need to add.

My inspiration was clean, minimal......a bit of "Nantucket, coastal with some vintage thrown in".  Duh.  My favorite style.

Some of my finds....

So let's start with the left side.

Before

I asked her to take everything down before I got there.  Then I did my usual organizing of books and such into piles.

Before...

After

You might think it looks sparse but since there are so many shelves I wanted plenty of space for the eye to rest.  Also...I would like to find a few vintage pieces of coastal art to add in.  I used my favorite baskets from Ikea and it was very hard to part with those vintage cream jars on the top shelf!

Here is the other side....

The metal letter almost stumped me....I kept trying to find a place for it vertically and it was only when I placed it on it's side that I had my ah ha moment.

Moral...don't give up....

Again...room to add a few things after the final install.

Here is the before of the other side.


The after
Yes...the cable box is there but I have some ideas for this area.....


After

And the big picture

A few close shots

Love these fabric balls I found at Scott's.

Picked this little beauty up at a thrift store.

Organic texture from West Elm.

Thrifted books

More organic plant life


Nice to add some greenery with boxwood 
 
I can't believe I found this jar at Homegoods!

This metal cash box was also very hard to give up...I mean it is so my color and style right?

Another Homegoods find....I just added the metal number.

I also found this real shell at Homegoods in the clearance isle....I'm a lucky girl.

Along with this horse on a stand.

The good thing about this install is that whatever doesn't work will fit in my house....win....win right?

More to come on this pretty space as it comes together.

Have a peaceful Sunday my friends....

Shacalm








46 comments

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love them! those fabric balls are so fun!

lizziefitz said...

You could write THE book on styling book shelves! This is by far my favorite example of styling I have ever laid eyes on anywhere. My flattery comes purely from my lack of talent in this area. I am constantly on the search for the right way but usually only find a whole lot of wrong. Bravo!!!!!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Fabulous after. Now come do mine.

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Great styling. These shelves are so bright and light now.

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

Great styling. These shelves are so bright and light now.

Jojo said...

The look is so much more relaxing and interesting.

What do you do with all the books? I love books and enjoy keeping a great many of them but I find that utilizing bookshelf space can give a cluttered look to a room (unless of course one takes the time to add book covers to all the books)!

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

You are the bookshelf whisperer. These look fantastic. Loving the calm!

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

I've got a few bookshelves at my house that are calling your name... Fabulous job my friend!

Ashley @ The Houston House said...

I love the look of clean and uncluttered shelves!

Kelly said...

I love the "after" you did! (It was painful to look at the "befores".) I really like the metal cash box you found and the metal industrial numbers you used. Looking forward to the rest of the room when it's done.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

This is beautiful Sherry, so perfectly curated. Great job. Enjoy your day.xo Nancy

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Genius....fabulous, clean and chic!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Luv the redo! So much easier on the eyes.
Gives me the motivation to redo mine :-)

Kathysue said...

Loving the shelves, as I have said before... you are the queen of vignettes and texture. You know I always love your work,
xo Kathysue

Stacey {steward of design} said...

Shelves look great! You definitely scored some great stuff at Homegoods too!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the new arrangement. Beautiful textures and adding some architectural interest is so perfect. Hugs, Marty

Wendy said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Laura of cute is important said...

Very pretty! Have any suggestions for incorporating personal items into beautifully styled shelves like these?

Jessie said...

Great styling, you always do a wonderful job! Just wondering, what would you suggest to a client who wants you to squeeze all her books back in to those shelves along with the new accessories?

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

you're a miracle worker woman! great styling! I never would have looked at the shelves before and thought they were cluttered but seeing the after shots, it's amazing how much better they were when you removed even more things! So awesome!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am so jealous of this skill. I should be better at it than I am but I'll just study up on Sherrystyle.

René said...

Well done as always Shacalm!

Emily A. Clark said...

You would win the editing award on Design Star.

Vel Criste said...

Huge difference! Love the new look!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Looks great, Sherry! Much more clean and crisp. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the room come together!

Kristen said...

So much better! Love the way it turned out.

meenal@ maison marigold said...

What an amazing transformation! love the color scheme going on here..so soothing...great great job! xx meenal

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love when you post about the details of a room. That's where I really fall flat and I need all the direction I can get. Love the peaceful feeling of the shelves now, and the focus on bluey greens. So pretty.

Beth Sheler said...

I love the bookshelf styling but the problem I have in my house and here is--what did you do with all the books that were in the bookshelves?

Kacey @ ShesNoMartha said...

please come to Ohio...
l'll pay AND serve wine. You are the yoda of styling

Pat@BPM said...

I love this, Sherry!

Oh, and I have that horse.:-) Found it at HG.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Sherry, Would you please come to Dallas and do mine! Such a major transformation. Love it!

pam {simple details} said...

You have the gift girl, it's perfectly edited! What would we do without Homegoods? :)

Victoria Sanchez Interiors said...

Sherry- my store opens this week and I could use your display magic!! Send some this way!!!

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

Looks amazing, girl! You are the queen of styling bookshelves!!

gina said...

Looks great.....as always! Please come do my shelves!! LOVE that cash box.

Jen Gilday said...

Looks so inviting! I love it!!!! Nice work as always.
Jen
athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

Lesleyc said...

i agreed that the bookshelves needed some redefining restyling and they now look great. It may just be me but I feel the choice of books can so often give a picture of the person and removing the personal bit and pieces with pieces selected and placed by someone almost makes it a museum piece curated by someone else and lacking the personal flavour and warmth of the people themselves. Love the blog

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

there is a serious, serious art to what you do to a bookshelf. way to go sha-shelvery. i love this!

An Urban Cottage said...

You're a bookshelf rock star. I have a philosophical problem (OCD) with mixing land and sea items and you just stuck that horse in there like you just don't care. And it works. I bow to you.

Anne said...

I think the styling is great! I wish you would've used the owner's books. It seems silly to replace the owner's books with thrifted ones just because they're the right color. The shelves served a utilitarian function before, now they are mostly for show. Surely there's a middle ground?

Mrs. DeVore said...

It looks so pretty, perfectly styled! Such a dramatic change from the before!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Sherry...what a transformation...I love the soft blues...very pretty!

Cindy said...

Ahhhhh... just seeing the "after" shelves makes my eyes sooooo happy. What a visual relief from all the other stuff. Just wonderful. Now the shelves are like a three dimensional painting with just the right color and composition...
beautiful!

Cindy

Henhurst Interiors said...

A huge improvement and I love your finds.

Anonymous said...

Love the shelves.
but for those of us who LOVE books...What do you do with all the books?

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