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Bookcase Inspirations

The built-in bookcase is up!  It was a marathon measuring, sawing, building, caulking, sanding, painting week... but they are up & we are pretty darn pleased with the results.  I have been playing with some styling on a few of the middle shelves while we were adding the final trim pieces to the top & bottom the past few days.  I have little to no patience when it comes to filling empty spaces.  What I am now trying to decide on is whether I want a packed library look, a color coded or curated collection feel in our dining room.  Here are a few of my favorite bookcases that display each of the categories.

L I B R A R Y  L O O K :  

Shelves that are mostly filled with books with an accessory, frame or bookend added occasionally, if at all.

Apr/May 2010
Lonny Mag
Emily A. Clark
Apartment Therapy

C O L O R  C O D E D :

All items are displayed & organized via color.

Color-coded Bookcase
Color-coded bookcase
Design Sponge
Color coded bookcase, ikat pillow, and everything else about this room!
i suwanee

C U R A T E D  C O L L E C T I O N :

A well styled collection of all accessories, books, frames, etc.

The Lennox
Emily Henderson

Now that I am even more confused, if you need me I will be playing with our shelves... Not only do we have the shelves to style, I may or may not have bought a vintage fireplace surround that I am styling as well :)  I shared a sneak peek this weekend on Facebook & Twitter.

Which look do you love?

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  1. I started with a "Curated" look on my built-ins...but now 8+ years later they have turned into a "Library" look since I have continuously added more books after reading them. They still look good, just a bit more full and evolving. :) Enjoy styling!

  2. I tend to lean towards the curated look. I like a nice mix. Although we have a good number of books, I only like to display the "prettier" ones, sticking all of the others in hidden storage. What a teaser! Ready to see what you're doing!

  3. this is a big tease...glad i live next door!

  4. The examples shown for Emily A Clark and The Lennox are both gorgeous! I guess it depends on whether you consider knick knacks or books to be clutter..whatever you don't require right now ends up back in storage.

  5. I love the curated look, however, I'd take Emily's library look that is edited just a bit is really appealing as well! Have fun playing... :)

  6. Thanks for the wonderful inspirations -I am leaning more towards the library look and curated one. We are also trying to build our own shelves, in the office actually, and I totally get it when you say that it's a "marathon"! glad your almost at the finish line though, we're barely out of the starting line! I'm sure whatever you choose it will be fabulous! :-)

  7. I'm a big fan of the curated look! I know whatever you decide will look awesome. The good thing is you can always keep changing them around :)

  8. Hey there!! Love that you were able to complete this project so quickly. I cannot wait to be able to complete a similar project. (still waiting on my hutch to be repaired then I can get my china off of the bookcases and into the hutch) I'm way to Alpha anal to go with color coded. I like to have my books arranged alphabetical by least that is my plan... I can't wait to see what you decide to do. Loving all your projects on your blog!

  9. I love a color coded library. I only wish I had enough books. I often wonder if the owners of these rooms bought stacks of books for decorative purposes or if they've read them all for real. I aspire to being the type to have read every book in the house. So it's probably a good thing I don't have quite so many.

  10. I once saw a picture of books turned around so you just saw paper. I loved the neutrality. I tend to like a combo of color grouping with Emily Henderson's mini vignettes featuring a book or two. Are you really reading the books or liking the styling? And there's the answer.

  11. Wow, what a great post, what great pictures. To me, it's all about what you want to project to other people or feel when you are in that room. A library look says I read constantly.
    A curated look says I have either been a lot of places or appreciate all types of collections and art. A color coded look says it's all about styling. It's all about what makes you feel comfortable when you look at it and what expresses your personality.


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