One white Expedit bookcase. 16 cubes. How would you fill it? This is what I did…
Two plate mirrors make up my “mirrored back.” Books, magazines and records are stacked vertically and horizontally. Animal figurines, apothecary jars, coral, vintage tea pots and other random stuff fill in the space. And my prized, signed, Victor Vasarely Scarf adorns the top.
Here are some of my favorite parts.
Everything here is vintage and I love it.
(minus the horizontal books)
I picked up the tea pot at an estate sale.
The owl lamp was a trade from my sister. (She got my blue lamp.)
And the Rolling Stones record was a gift from someone special.
I have really high ceilings, so it’s important to utilize the vertical space smartly. At first I was bummed that I didn’t buy a taller bookcase, and then I realized I could use the top like one large shelf. It was the perfect spot for my framed scarf from Nana. It’s one of the first things I see when I walk in the door, and it always brings a smile to my face.
A closer look at the top of the shelf.
It’s truly hard to declare any space “finished” isn’t it? I have fiddled with this bookshelf styling for weeks and weeks. My sister and I agonized over the placements of my books and pretties on Monday night. We rearranged everything at least 10 times. (Thanks Meg!) You see its all about balance. Even placement of books, even spread of color, even distribution of animals.
Oh and the mirrored back? So fabulous in real life. I love the reflections and the brightness it brings to this area.
The mirrored back in terms of photography and being able to shoot a decent picture? A bitch-and-a-half.
I had the hardest time trying to shoot my shelf straight on and not appear in a reflection. I’m still not happy with the pictures and all the random crap you see in the background. Fudge.
Wall # 15 is done! (For now at least. Too much else to work on…)
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