However, when I got my new chair, I noticed just how much of a royal mess my book case was. It was a bad backdrop and dark corner of my apartment.
|Awesome chair, total mess behind it.|
So on my first day of summer break, I spent some time purging my book collection and storing some books that I still wanted but didn't need out on the shelves.
|First I emptied all the shelves and sorted them into piles of "donate" "store" and "keep." With the keep pile, I stacked the books by similar height.|
While putting books on the shelves, I broke up the vertical arrangement of books with some horizontal stacks--keeping in mind what was below. You don't want each shelf to be identical, try to create a zig-zag so the eye moves around.
Finally, I accessorized with some items I had around the house--many of which had been sitting in corners looking for a home for 3 years...
The final result...
|Much more visually pleasing and interesting|
|Vignette One: Vintage Anna Karenina books I wanted to feature and some small vintage glass jars. No idea what their original purpose was, but I am starting to put mini collections in them. One of them currently has a bunch of vintage keys|
|A glass bowl I've had for years that just sat in a corner and 2 decorative "carpet balls" I made out of vintage dictionary pages.|
|Vintage mason jars and dried lavender|
|Really neat collection of vintage wooden spools with pretty thread still on them.|
|Part of my collection of vintage prescription bottles. They're a weird thing to collect, but I just think they are so cool. I have a thing for tiny glass jars|
|Lace vanity tray, neat jars and vintage Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights|
|A much better background for the chair! Now what to do about that desk area....|