what I do

what I do

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Styling bookshelves

One of the things I really enjoy doing is taking what a client already owns, moving it around a bit and maybe adding a few new pieces here and there to give them a new look. When I was working with my out of town client a couple of weeks ago, one of the things that I did for them was to re-style their bookshelves. Most of what was in the bookshelves before I arranged them were things that we had purchased for their previous home about five years ago. It was a heavier look and we had used a lot of dark reds and golds. For this new home, we have lightened up the look, and brought in a cleaner, slightly more modern feel. To update the bookshelves, I took out a lot of the dark red and gold vases and urns and replaced them with some white pieces to brighten it up a bit. I also edited the books, using only certain colors and I turned the dark leather volumes around to lighten them up.

While I was working my client brought in a box filled with an old collection of bulldogs. I love collections and I particularly like bringing in objects that are meaningful rather than just 'things' I have picked up for decoration. 

You can see there are still a few 'holes' and the platter on the top righthand shelf is just a 'placeholder' until they find the perfect thing to put there, but it is a good start.


A Vintage Vine said...

Love how it is all put together!!! A bulldog collection..perfect!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hello, sweetie!

How are you doing today? I had a really, really long day, but here I am! :-)

I love the white vase you added. It pops against the wooden shelve. Beautiful. You're so talented. Love seeing your work. I really do!

Night night. :-)


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Amy Chalmers said...

Wow they look great! I am surprised the backwards books are not so new after all....where did you ever see that before? I find it ingenious for lightening the look. I totally agree about using real collections. Your clients must be very happy Sherri!

Unknown said...

The dogs add such a fun and personal touch! Great job!