Archive for ‘BOOKCASES’

April 30, 2012

Styling Idea # 415 Low Book Shelf, Large Print


I absolutely adore playing around with proportions. Sometimes things should be symmetrical and play to the rules. Other times you should press the shrink button and grow button at the same time and see what the result is. In this case the the bookshelf has shrunk down low and the artwork takes up the space. What a stunning composition.

Where in your home are you playing it safe with proportion? What would happen if you dared to freshen up the space with proportions?

PS- take note of the gorgeous light flooding the space from bottom right….lower your light source people. Lower your lights!

March 13, 2012

FURNNISH Blog Today: Styling Idea # 386 Bookcase Over Door


It seems I am always obsessed with ways to store and display books. So far, no one has told me this is a bad thing so I will take your silence as “yes please, more ideas for books!”

Gotta love a storage, space saving, stylish idea that makes you look sexy.

Insert- one shelf over one door.


  • Of course living areas and home office lend themselves to this idea perfectly but have you thought about the kitchen? Just make sure you have a cute stool for reaching the books.
  • Be aware of what this idea will do to your space- it will create a more closed in effect (not a bad thing) and can give the impression of  lowering the roof line (sometimes a bad thing).
  • Look for colours of the shelf that work with the room (bright yellow shelf, bright yellow cushions) and remember the spines on display need to be pretty and tidy.
  • DON’T worry about ceiling height- both high and low will work.
  • DO think about extending this over a the door all the way to the wall to keep it clean.
  • Finally, if you have the foresight when installing add some lights under the shelf for a dreamy wall scalloping effect. LOVE!
March 1, 2012

Styling Idea # 378 Gold Trims


Ok…I am predicting a major gold revival!

Interiors have been awash with silver and its shady cousins (grey, chandeliers, crystal, mirror furniture) for too long! Let’s get for gold (I honestly was not meaning to create a pun) and embrace this new hue along with brass, wood, leather and a pop of brights!

February 15, 2012

Styling Idea # 368 Colored Bookcases


If I had to fit all of these styling ideas into one house could you imagine the chaos! And the beauty?

Some ideas are totally impossible and larger than life, others (my goal is for the majority to fall into this others category) are for simple and clever ideas that you really use.

Maybe….. colored bookcases. Try them horizontal and near empty or vertical and stacked. Pick a colour that is no where else in the room or find something subtle from artwork, rugs or cushions to play up the repeat factor. Have fun with this one.