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How to style your bookcase

How to style your bookcase or decorate your built in bookshelves
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So many people struggle with how to style their bookcases or shelves. One of the things I get asked often is for tips on how I style my bookcases. My entertainment center and built in bookcases are a big focal point in our home and I have had so much fun styling them. I like to change out some of the items as the seasons change too. It’s a great way to freshen up the room.

Here are my tips on how to style your bookcase.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom where I’ve linked some of my favorite items to decorate with.

1.) Start fresh – First take everything off of your shelves. Gather all of your decor from your shelves and throughout your home and put it in a pile so that you can see everything in your collection.

2.) Choose your color palette – Think about the color palette in your room and choose pieces that complement it so as to make it look cohesive. I decorate my home in natural colors like white, creams, gray, and greens to give the room an open and airy feel.

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3.) Create balance – Balance each side with items of equal proportion. You want it to look balanced, not necessarily symmetrical. But it also doesn’t need to be “matchy-matchy” which I personally think makes it look more staged.

4.) Add books – Stack them vertically as well as horizontally, with some in the center and others to the side to create a mixture. I made these custom books with our names to add a personal touch. Head to my Etsy shop to see some of my other collections or create a personalized set of your own.

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5.) Add faux or real plants – My personal favorites are either dried hydrangeas, eucalyptus and boxwood. I added little boxwood wreaths and tied them with some ribbon to decorate the doors. This is a great way to add some color. Using different sized vases and pitchers is another great way to add dimension.

6.) Use decorative trays and baskets  – Not only is this a great way to give your items a home, but it also adds different elements and textures such as metals and woods as well. I like to store blankets in some baskets on the bottom shelves to make the room a little more cozy.

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7.) Less is more – Your shelves should not look cluttered. It’s ok to leave some shelves almost bare. It makes it appear bigger.

 

Shop some of my favorite decor items below:

Baskets

Books

Boxwood Wreath

Decorative beaded garland

Decorative tray

Tiered stand

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Best Throw Pillow Covers on Amazon

No Sew Dropcloth Curtains

Whitewashed Brick Fireplace Reveal

 

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0 In DIY/ home decor

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

I am so excited to share my latest DIY project with you all! It’s super easy, cheap and cute for fall. Fabric pumpkins are all the rage this season. I’m sharing this easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin I made for $5!

You will need:

– A small pumpkin (I used a small faux one I got in the dollar bin).

– Twine

– An old sweater (I used one I had in my closet that I didn’t wear anymore but you can also go to Goodwill and get one. The tighter the cableknit or weave, the better.)

– Ribbon

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

Directions:

1.) Start by taking your pumpkin and inserting it through the bottom of your sweater, feeding through one of the sleeves until the tip of the stem is sitting right at the ribbing of your sleeve.

DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

2.) Twist the sleeve tightly around the stem of your pumpkin. Take your twine and start wrapping around the covered stem, from bottom to top. Then go back down and work your way back up again. Cut the twine and then hold in place with either a hot glue gun or some Modge Podge.

Easy DIY sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

3.) Next cut the sweater at the bottom of the pumpkin. You can tape to hold to the pumpkin or throw a couple of stitches in to hold it together but this part is not going to show.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

4.) Finish it off by tying a bow with a ribbon around the base of the stem.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

Super cute right? These are adorable on some shelves, in a little corner or lining your stairs.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

For more of my favorite fall ideas check out

Best of Fall DIYs, recipes and decor

best of fall diys, decor and recipes

Easy hot glue painted pumpkins

DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

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1 In Baby/ decor/ home/ home decor

Nursery Reveal

Monochrome nursery reveal
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I’m so excited to finally share Mav’s Nursery Reveal on the blog! Let me just say, that this process made it completely evident how things change after your first baby. When we were pregnant with Dude (we didn’t know he was a dude at the time), we had the nursery all set and were prepared well before his arrival. He ended up never sleeping in it (we coslept and then we moved), but it was my favorite room in the house and we would often play in there. This time around, I was in no rush because I knew we had time. And then once he came, life got crazy with the two (you can follow our story on Instagram here.) But I finally got around to finishing all the details and adding some personal touches.

Scroll below to see the complete Nursery Reveal.

You can shop by clicking the thumbnails below the photos or the links at the bottom.

And be sure to check out my Etsy shop for some cute personalized nursery decor.

As soon as we found out it was a boy, I knew that I wanted to give the nursery a modern, monochromatic look.  I off-set the black and white with some earth tones and greens.

Monochrome nursery reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Spearmint Love is a small shop I found on Instagram. They have tons of unique crib sheets in all different prints and colors. (I’ve linked Mav’s sheets all the way at the bottom).

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

The dressers were my grandparents. They were originally oak with gold hardware. We painted it white and then bought the black knobs off of Amazon.

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Details:

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

Crib // Blanket

Rug

Mirror

Crib sheet // Changing pad cover – both from Spearmint Love

Baskets

Highland cow prints // Wooden hanging frames

I have loved putting together personalized and special rooms for both of my boys (see Dude’s big boy room here).

And if you’re still on the hunt for some personalized nursery decor check out my Etsy shop!

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

8 In home/ home decor

Spring Porch Refresh

spring porch refresh
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Spring is here and I have been itching to start decorating! To me, I love a well decorated front porch, it gives such a great first impression. This time of year, I feel like the exterior of my home always needs a little pick me up after the cold winter. So I decided to do a little Spring Porch Refresh, adding some fresh greens and pops of color.  I’m sharing the details of my spring porch decor below plus, I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to give you some extra inspiration!

And as always, I’ve linked most of the products so that you can shop them too, because sharing is caring.

To shop just click the thumbnail below my photo

Here is my Spring Porch Refresh

I started with my welcome mat. I layered it with this blue striped mat to give it another element of color and make it pop against the blue.

spring front porch refresh

 

I love this magnolia wreath for the spring and summer months.

front porch

 

I had been looking for a way to add some different dimensions and wanted a vertical sign for the porch. A local shop in my hometown called The Familiar Farmhouse made this welcome sign for me. I gave it a coat of poly so that it could stay outside and sustain the weather.

spring porch refresh

 

I am all about faux flowers for outside. I used to get fresh potted plants every year but let’s be honest – I’m good at keeping my kids and my patients alive. Flowers and plants on the other hand, not so much. I got these pots and faux greenery/fleurs from Afloral and honestly you could never tell the difference. I painted the pots this blue color, it’s called Crashing Waves by Behr.

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spring porch refresh

 

spring porch refresh

 

For more Spring Porch Refresh inspiration, check out some of other bloggers I’ve teamed up with below.

 

spring porch refresh

 

 

 

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