Book Styling

Posted by on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 in Interior Design.

Shelving is a great way to feature some of your favorite collections of books or items you gathered on your travels, just as long as you know how to show them off! One of the biggest areas that I find people struggle with is their display shelving. It can be overwhelming to figure out where to even start in how to properly showcase your items, let alone choosing what to feature. That said, here are some ideas, tips, and tricks of how best to organize what many may consider to be their prized possessions.


Pebble Beach Home

Whether it is a free standing bookshelf or wall brackets with shelves, you need to first choose what type of shelving to use for your collection. The number and variety of items you are working with will quickly dictate how large of a space is needed, as well as the shelving size. A great place to start, if you do not have built-in shelving, is with a furniture piece that has both closed and open storage. Also, something with adjustable shelving is nice for variety and customization. If doing brackets with shelves, be sure to measure your items first and work off of the largest piece to be able to accommodate it into the design.

Arrangement & Display

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I love variety in displays, and it is very easy to accomplish if you use the following tricks. First, refrain from lining up your books in one neat row. Instead stack a few horizontally every so often in between your upright books. Then, use this spot as a resting place for some of your favorite trinkets.

Color Blocking Book Styling

Next, if your book collection is not uniform in color, you can face the spine to the back, or wrap your books for a more uniform appearance. Check out this DIY book wrapping post by Delicious Reads to easily do this. It’s fun to color block the books as well, adding a sense of whimsy to the room.

Lastly, try to place items in odd numbered groupings, and don’t feel like you have to fill the entire shelf. By putting an odd number of items together to one side or centered, it creates more of a focal point and allows for blank space, giving your eye a spot to rest.

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I hope these tips helped and encouraged you to reorganize your shelving to create a bigger impact in your space. If you need further assistance feel free to ask! We would love to help you in your home in order to create a space that you enjoy. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!



Get Organized

Posted by on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 in Interior Design.

We are now one month into the New Year! I hope everyone is off to a great start with their new goals. I have started with organizing my things, one space at a time, while continually working on my time management. One thing I learned so far is to pace myself, and make sure that I set attainable goals as I move forward. In other words, don’t push yourself too hard!

About a month ago I shared with you my new year’s resolution, time management, and I can tell you that it is going well! The first thing I started with was organizing my life. You know, sorting through my belongings and purging what I no longer need, along with writing out my daily to-do’s to stay on track in my day. Having better organization will allow me to perform my daily tasks with less effort. If what I need is easy to access and all in one place, I no longer have to search for things or find myself distracted.

Let’s Get Organized

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To get started with organizing, I made a list of the spaces I wanted to focus on. Feel free to put them on the calendar so that you make time to get the task done. Always give yourself more time than less – it’s a trying process! You will need time to completely clear the space, sort through the items (purge, keep, donate), and put your belongings back in while applying a new organizing system.

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The kitchen seemed like the perfect place to start since it is a space I use A LOT. I know everyone can benefit from organizing their food storage containers because it often explodes in the cupboard every time you go in there. Enjoy these ideas on how to tame those pesky containers. I still have yet to tackle the kitchen sink cabinet. I’m looking here for some much needed tips.

Please visit our Organization Pinterest Board for more ideas and tips. Trust me, the more help you can get in this are the better. Thanks for reading and take care!



Winter White Dreamland

Posted by on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 in Interior Design.

One thing that I enjoy about the winter season is the magical, bright white snowfall. I get so excited when I look outside and it seems as though I am living in a snow globe! Imagine a space that can evoke that feeling and give you happy thoughts to dream about. Well, that’s what a winter white bedroom can do!

First of all, who knew there were so many whites to choose from? A lot of them vary just by the undertone, and the undertone color becomes more clear when you compare multiple whites side by side. Some have more of a red undertone which can appear to look pink, while others may have a blue undertone and look more grey. Make sure when you are choosing the perfect serene white for your space that you take a few samples home to see what color comes through when compared. For winter white, what you are looking for is a warmer tone. Here’s a great list of the 20 best white paints to help you narrow things down a bit.

How about we drift away to dreamland…

Winter White Bedrooms

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Talk about clearing your mind before bed! These spaces are very cozy and inviting, and with the emphasis being on texture rather than color, it allows you to relax and let go of the stresses of the day. If you need some ideas about how to add texture to a room, check out Go for Faux Fur and The Versatility of Velvet.

Well, thanks for following and let us know how we can help you within your own home!