Posts Tagged ‘home decor ideas’

How to Decorate a Book Shelf

Posted by    |    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 pm

From the library of Congress to your living room, the look of books is something that instantly creates comfort and style.  If you’re lucky enough to have some roomy bookshelves to experiment with, then this blog is for you.  Unless you’re a decorista with an eye for this kind of thing, it can be a bit tricky getting just the right arrangement.  Luckily, the fabulous pinners on Pinterest and styling tips from yours truly will get your book shelves looking magazine spread worthy in no time.

1.  Space.  Leave some of it!  Not all bookshelves need to be crammed wall to wall with books.  Sometimes leaving a little blank space gives a viewer the ability to take in the beauty of what is there and focus on each piece.  A few well-placed books and meaningful knick knacks or picture frames with family photos can be all it takes to give this space just what it needs.  The arrangement above is a perfect example of how to make free space work for you and not feel empty. (more…)

How To Decorate Your Mantle

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 9:39 am

It’s one of those pesky decorating dilemmas that I’ve wrestled with for months.  How in the world do you decorate the mantle without it looking like a mismatched mess?  Especially this time of year when guests will be over and your home is on display…you don’t want things to look as if you didn’t care.  So, how do you achieve a focal point in your living room worthy of House Beautiful magazine?  (Without breaking the bank, no less?)

After struggling with my own fireplace mantle and surfing the net like a mad woman, I came across a helpful blog post and visual tutorial that turned things around for me.  Though I  like simplicity best and opted for two interesting candelabras (see below,) there are some beautiful and much more detailed examples that can be copied or used for inspiration very easily.

According to Steven and Chris, here is the formula:

1. Take one large piece and centre it on the mantel. Go for something reflective here like a large mirror.
2. Layer in artwork. Layer art and photos in front of the mirror.
3. On the left – Add something with movement. We love tall candleholders – they add height and warmth. At this point, a triangle shape should start to form. Remember to stand back every so often, squint and adjust accordingly.
4. On the right – Incorporate an element with visual weight to the right side like a glass cylindrical vase filled with tall wispy branches or a chinoisery vase with simple white flowers.

Finishing touch – Finish off the vignette with accessories that reflect your personality like souvenirs or items from a collection. (more…)