I was just in Newport Beach to celebrate my friend, Laura’s birthday with her. She asked if Debbie and I would (as a birthday gift) style her family room shelves. So, after a nice breakfast, we shopped for some larger pieces like boxes and succulents (which look less cluttered than lots of little things). Then we got to work! I forgot to take before photos but quickly shot some when we were finished.
Here are the seven steps to decorate bookshelves…
1. Empty all the shelves
No one ever feels like doing this as it’s a lot of work…but it’s really important to get it right. In this case, the birthday girl was aerobically clearing shelves while Debbie and I organized.
2. Make the shelves more uniform
Most of Laura’s shelves were pretty uniform so that saved some time.
3. Paint or wallpaper the backs of the shelves (optional).
In our case, they were already wallpapered with seagrass.
4. Layer art at the back of shelves.
5. Then display larger pieces like photos, plants, boxes.
We bought the realistic looking faux succulents on our shopping excursion, as well as, the pretty bone inlay boxes.
6. Fill in with books.
I like to take colorful, glossy book jackets off when necessary for a more muted, calmer look. Leave some “air” around things.
7. Make sure your items are pulled forward and not pushed to the back.
The day before we did the bookcases, we had a nice lunch in Laguna Beach with this view…
Happy birthday, sweet Laura!
My mom and I are in L.A. to visit my daughter, Alie. Should have our adventures on my Instagram stories.
Come back on Thursday for some unique party platter ideas with some favorite bloggers…pinnable ideas for the holidays!