Take a look at this picture of the guest room headboard and bookshelves:
Now look at the current version:
Despite having even more books, does it feel calmer, more natural? I hope it does, because that was my goal. I started by donating the few books I had read and didn’t like/wouldn’t recommend. Followed up by brutally eliminating every accessory/knick knack/tchotchke I didn’t absolutely love. I think only five things made the cut. Then, one shelf at a time, I pulled everything off to dust.
Being OCD, I have always separated my books into fiction and non-fiction groups main groups. Then sub categories for history, biographies, science, etc. and finally in rainbow order. Red books marked the beginning of a new group, making quick work of finding different categories. Even in my old office:
Through the years, my system hasn’t changed. But recently while at the school, I saw filled library cart, spines all facing up. Spines facing up. Duh, why haven’t I added that element to my system? Wanting a calmer color palette, it offers all the benefits of the controversial turning the spines to the wall trick, but, on lower shelves, books are still easy to find. Only snag is our floor to ceiling shelving, leaving the upper two shelves out of view. To keep these shelves as neutral as possible, I pulled out the white, black, gray, and tan books. These got a home on the top shelves, spines facing out for easy finding.
Remaining lower shelves are all nestled in, spines up and easily seen from above.
Occasionally, I placed a stack of books to break things up and create a pedestal for decorative items. Like this engraved silver cup turned fake succulent planter.
In addition to creating less visual clutter, flipping the books had another benefit. I was able to add three more shelves to the mix due to the shorter height. I have my fair share of books, so keeping everything together, tidy, and organized is my preference.
Bed height shelves also serve as built-in night stands, complete with an outlet on each side.
For best function, I tried to keep each of those relatively clear, without having an entirely empty shelf.
Over the past year, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring in and keep only accessories I love. More and more, I’m drawn to natural elements and pieces. A few really cool driftwood pieces are on simple display above the bed.
Maybe having two hunter/gatherer boys has affected me. Collections of wood, rocks, feathers, antlers, shells, and even a few skulls have made their way inside. Each one has a memory or a story, unlike trendy store-bought piece I’m almost guaranteed to grow tired of. Mixing those nature finds in adds a lot of character without costing a dime.
Everything in nature is the perfect color, too. Nothing insanely bright or neon, simply beautiful. So I’ve happily been leaning on nature for the answers to my decoration conundrums. Have you seen any noticeable shifts in your decor preferences?
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I like it both ways. One of the things I love about blogging, is watching how someone’s style unfolds. Thanks for sharing that with us! You’re new style- It’s gorgeous! Your home is stunning! I tend to decorate my own home with lots of bright and bold accents (I love using books to do that), so I love the before pic. You have so many good ideas and DIYs. Definitely making the copper tube flower vase and drift wood stand. So cool! Thanks for directing me to Emily’s DIY brass dowel jewelry hanger too! I hadn’t been on your blog for a long time so I’ll be on here for awhile tonight, to snoop around. Thanks again for sharing all of your amazing talent and ideas.
The new guest room style is so calming and pretty!