My kids are finally back to school today! We had snow day 10, 11 and 12 last week (but who’s counting?!) I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this, but when I’m stuck in my house for long periods of time, I start rearranging things. Redecorating as a cure for cabin fever, try it out – it works ;) bookshelf styling tips
Our living room bookshelves have long been on my list of things to tackle because they were getting overstuffed with books. I love books don’t get me wrong. But we have a whole bookcase downstairs that really serves as more of our practical library (you can check that post out here), and I wanted the shelves up here to be a little visually cleaner. Well, and what really prompted this little redo is the new security system we had installed, so now I’m busy trying to hide little cameras that are all over our house.
First, a few bookshelf styling tips in general, and then I’ll show you how I hid the camera
1. Display a collection. I love these old books I saved from my great grandmothers’ house when she passed. I’ve had them for over 10 years now. Some of them are actually my grandpa’s books from when he was a little boy and they are so fun to look at. I have some of them turned around because the spines are in rough shape. I know this annoys some people, but again my practical library storage is downstairs. I like the cleaner look of the old pages.
2. Change the direction of your books. It gets pretty boring visually to have just rows and rows of books facing the same way switch it up!
3. Mix in some decorative objects. These could be photo frames, bookends or pottery like I have here. I also love these baskets for hiding the tv remotes in. If you are new here, our tv is hidden in the cabinet below the baskets – you can read more about it in this post here.
4. Don’t be afraid of white space. I used to think you have to have every single part of your shelves filled with something. When you give your things some room to breathe they stand out more rather than looking like clutter.
Ok, now for how I hid our camera. I stuck it behind this planter and the cord to the outlet is pretty hidden behind the books. I talked about this on Instagram a few weeks back and you all had so many great suggestions on hiding your cameras, so I list a few others as well.
- Tucked in an actual plant. I think I could have made this work with a leafier plant variety.
- Fake books with a hole cut out – superspy status!
- Decorative boxes with a hole cut out.
- Decorative birdcage.
- Putting them down low ex: under a coffee table.
- Or up high like on the top of our bookshelf, this wasn’t a good option because our’s need to be plugged in.
If you have cameras hidden in your house, let me know in the comments below if you have other hiding tips!
I also rounded up a bunch of fun items that would be great to display in your bookshelves if you are on the hunt for a few new pieces to add to your collection. You can shop them below.
This is probably all you will hear from me this week as we are headed down to visit my parent’s over winter break (as if my kids haven’t been out of school enough!). We are so excited for some sunshine and family time. Have a great week!
OH, and I had so many questions about my new art above my table last week! I’ve been in the middle of a huge art swap (again I blame cabin fever for all the rearranging), and I’ll be sharing that soon. This beautiful piece is a print from DeAnn you can find her work here. I’ve been an admirer of her paintings for a long time now and I am so happy I finally bought a print from her beach collection. If you missed that post you can check it out here.
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