By: Amanda Gates
AB HOME Interiors

Bookcase-design-extraBookshelves may seem like a utilitarian place to store books and every odd ball item you own but they really are not for the faint at heart. Our homes have beautiful architectural details like bookshelves, that if styled right can instantly give your room a face-lift, and showcase your most prized objects with style. Today I helped a client style her book shelf with items she already had and the results were stunning. Here is her before to the right:

My best advice when tackling a bookshelf? Don’t be afraid to edit. Many of my clients over decorate their shelves and want to show off everything they own– books, tchotchkes, accessories, doo dads, the kid’s art and more. Instead, rotate your collections and books for a more organized look. Use like-minded items, like pottery, colors, finishes or objects that display well and are easy on the eyes. Always leave room to add new books or found items. Never fill a bookcase entirely with books. Preposterous I know! But to achieve a well organized and pleasing bookshelf display, you must include a mixture of art, books and accessories. As an added bonus I always recommend adding light to highlight prized art, pottery or sculpture. With these tips in mind, view the after above!

In addition to a great mixture of items, remember to have fun with it. Bookshelves are a great way to share your personality and adventures with friends, family and neighbors and keeps terrific memories alive.

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Top photo: after
Bottom Photo: before
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Andrea Hinds
Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.