“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
Ever have things around the house that you desperately need to do, but put it off for weeks…even months?? This past week I was able to mark one of those off of my “to-do” list! On Friday, I took everything out of my bookcase, cleaned the shelves, dusted all the books, and gave it a little makeover! Let me tell you, it was a job…but I am so glad it’s finished! Butch and I are avid readers so of course we love books and literally have tons of them! Also, I have been a collector our entire married life, so I have more than enough “stuff” to fill a home library (a dream I still have).
During my years as an interior decorator, one of my most asked questions was, “what do I do with bookcases, we don’t own any books?” Like I said, I love to read, so I was always surprised to learn that people didn’t have books…but I digress. I would often be asked to buy books for my clients! I was hired on many occasions to just “do” the built-in bookcases! In my opinion, bookshelves should reflect the owner’s interests and real books that have actually been read! With all that said, let’s take a look at one of my bookcases!
This French-style bookcase sits in our family room. My plan when I purchased it was to only have books occupying its shelves. That didn’t work because the weight of the books made the long shelves sag! So a compromise, books and collectibles!
With Easter coming up, a pair of Fitz and Floyd rabbits hopped up to the top shelf along with a family photo and standing books! Note that on the second shelf, I laid books down with transfer ware, a seed ball, and a sweet bunny that my Mother made at least thirty years ago. A couple of photos are also on the shelf. Bookcases are a great place for your family pictures!
The antique demitasse cup and saucer were a gift many years ago from a precious friend…to the right is a Wedgwood pitcher!
Butch and I love to travel, so the bottom shelf contains some of our well-read travel guides. The most important piece is the decorative ceramic covered bowl made by Mother!
Do you like bookshelves with all books? Or do you prefer a mixture of books and decorative objects?
Linking with Pieced Pastimes, Silver Pennies, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Thoughts From Alice, Coastal Charm, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Dwellings-Heart of Your Home, Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, From My Front Porch To Yours, Stone Gable, Confessions of a Plate Addict, Worthing Court, Between Naps on the Porch, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, A Stroll Thru Life, The Charm of Home, Cornerstone Confessions, A Delightsome Life, Imparting Grace, Posed Perfection, Katherines Corner, Rooted In Thyme, Share Your Cup, The Enchanting Rose, 21 Rosemary Lane, Cozy Little House, Rattlebridge Farm, Rustic & Refined, My Romantic Home, Poofing The Pillows