Thursday, September 11, 2014

Living Room Bookshelves

Behold, my beautiful bookshelves! I have to admit, I am really pleased with how these turned out. 

I'm not completely finished with them, I hope to add some molding to make them look more like built-ins; kind of like my original inspiration, as can be seen here and here. But for now, I am satisfied with how they look.

I used 5 Ikea Billy bookcases, 2 of the wider bookcases on the ends and 3 of the slimmer bookcases in the middle. I decided on these sizes because I wanted the length of the bookcases to be as close to the length of the wall as possible. As you can see, it's pretty close to the full length of the wall.

After I first assembled the bookcases, I just threw some books and knick knacks on there with the intention of organizing my books.....and then it stayed like this for 2 months. 

But then I had some people coming over and had to make it look more presentable. That's when I had to decide how I wanted to style them. All over Pinterest and home blogs, you find tutorials about how to style bookcases/shelves, but I find that those tutorials usually only include pretty knick knacks and pictures and maybe a couple of decorative books. However, the whole reason I got these bookshelves was for the purpose of actually holding my books (I have a good many), so I definitely wanted to utilize the function of the shelves and not just use them for decorative purposes.

But just because they are functional doesn't mean they can't also be pretty. While perusing Pinterest, I saw that a new trend has been to organize books by color, like here and here, so I thought I would give it a try.

It was easy enough, I just hauled all of my books in and started dividing them by color. It probably took me about 30 minutes. I also decided that I didn't want to split up any series that had more then 3 books. So I divided my Hunger Games series by color, but my Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie series stayed together. 

Then it was just a matter of putting the books on the shelves. The top row is where I organized the books by color, starting with the lighter books on the left side and then growing darker towards the right. On the second row is mostly my book series that I didn't want to split up. All of the brown boxes and magazine holders I got from Ikea when I got the bookshelves. They hold things like stationary, video game accessories, and other miscellaneous things. 

With regards to how I styled everything, it was just a matter of moving things around until I liked how they looked. I didn't really have any kind of method, I would just move items around and take a step back to see how they worked in that space. Really my method was move things around and take a step back. I'm quite happy with how everything looks. 

I also have some pictures leaning on top for now. I have one of our engagement pictures, a canvas of our wedding party, and my 2 Lindsay Letters canvases. I'm planning on hanging some picture ledges above the bookcases (I have them built, I just need to paint and hang them! It's on my to-do list for this month.) I also think I would like to get 2 lamps to place on top of the bookcases. We need more light in that part of the room and I think they would look nice. I really like these.

So, that's our living room bookshelves! What do you think?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What I Liked Last Week

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.

I love cake domes but they can be so expensive! This DIY seems super simple but also makes a big impact. The wooden ball on top is a little too modern for my taste, but I feel like it would be easy to swap it out for something else.

The Well Stocked Pantry via lifeingrace

This is a great post by Edie about the staples that should always be in your pantry. You know those nights when you go into the kitchen and have no idea what you're making for dinner? I think if you have these staples on hand, you won't have any problem coming up with something. She also provided a handy shopping printable.


I don't have many faux flowers in my house. I feel like sometimes faux flowers can start to look like something you would find at a Grandma's house. But I have noticed during my trips to Michael's and Hobby Lobby that fake flowers these days are really starting to look more realistic. I think the flowers in the photo above look beautiful and the "water" at the bottom really add to the realistic look. I think I'm definitely going to have to try and make this.

autumn-essentials printable free-download

I love this printable from Emily at Jones Design Company. I actually printed it out and hung it last year, but I don't know if it's quite time to pull it out again. It might need to get a little bit cooler first. I'm hoping to finish building my picture ledges soon (it is one of my September goals after all), and that would be the perfect place to display this print. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2014 Goals

I feel change a'comin. Maybe it's the slight coolness we've started to feel here in the south. Or maybe it's the fact that I have so many plans for this coming month. Or maybe it's because I know fall is right around the corner.

Fall apple picking
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I'll be honest, I have always been a Spring kind of girl, but over the past couple of years, fall has started to find a special place in my heart. I think a big part of that has to do with the fact that we were married in the fall. On those sunny autumn days with a chill in the air, I'm instantly transported back to our wedding day and it makes me happy.

So the last time I posted a monthly goals list was all the way back in March, so I'll just recap that goals list.
  • Style bookcases in living room. Check! I am so pleased with how they turned out! I'll definitely have to do a post with pictures and a little tutorial on how I decided to style them. 
  • Build raised bed and plant garden. Check. But sadly my garden did not do too well this summer. But the good thing about raised beds is that they are really easy to plant year after year, so I can try again next year and hopefully have better luck.
  • Celebrate Lent. I give myself a half a check for this one. I did attend Ash Wednesday services, but I was not consistent in observing through the 40 days. 
  • Wash all of the windows (this one scares me). Nope. Still scares me. 
  • Hang shelves in Dining room. Check! Finally! This one took me so long to actually complete, but they turned out exactly how I wanted. This is another project that I owe you a post about. You can see a sneak peak here on Instagram. 

September Goals:
  • Finish picture ledges to hang above the bookcases.
  • Write a post about the bookcases and the shelves in the Dining room.
  • Clean out the spare bedroom.
  • Have a Yard Sale!
  • Make and stick to a monthly budget.
  • Start doing research about a possible new project.

Oh September, I have so many plans for you, I've got to make every day count! What about you? Do you have any big plans for this month?

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