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How to Style a Bookcase

I am constantly drawn to the amazing bookcases in the home magazines that arrive in the mail. They are always brilliantly put together and thought only an interior decorator could create this.

We didn’t have the space in our living room for the two cases; however, there was an odd empty space in our hallways where these fit perfectly!

So, after moving into our place in the Boston area and finally having our own space, we bought a couple bookcases. We own an abundance of books and thought there is no way they will all fit. Not to worry, they didn’t all fit, and we were forced to throw some in boxes and give away others.

We found the bookcases at Crate & Barrel… I know what you are thinking, “how could I afford that?!” Well, not to worry, there were identical bookcases found at Target, which were $25 more each.

I don’t have a before and after picture, because all of our books were in boxes prior to this move. And, I’m sure that this will gradually be reduced as we are trying to grasp minimalism. But here is my “How to” in styling a bookcase like a boss:

First, start with an empty, clean bookcase.

Get rid of any books that have been read and are more than likely not going to be read again. If there is no relevance or interest, donate.

You get to decide how you would like to organize your books. I separated the books into categories, like: Business, Travel, Religion, Self-help, and Miscellaneous. You can also do: color of books, genre, size, etc.


Keep it symmetrical.


Create Balance by layering items of varying heights from back to front. This will create good depth.


Pick a similar theme and/or color scheme. I chose unique artful pieces with a few pictures.

Try new things. Whether it’s an abnormal color, or a funky piece of art, vintage or contemporary… Give it a go.


Add framed artwork and pictures, along with unique collectibles. Accessories break up the monotony.

I absolutely love every detail about our bookcase!  What do you love about yours?

Cinco de Mayo

I have a confession to make… Cinco de Mayo is maybe my most favorite holiday. Now, I know many of you will say that a) it’s not a holiday and/or b) this has nothing to do with America… to each their own.

This is the time to bust out the sombrero, poncho, fake mustache, and whatever party props you can conjure up! How can the month of May be any more fun?!

margarita day 2014


Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas:

  1. Fiesta themed party décor! These items can be purchased at any Party City store. To go the extra mile, display assorted succulents and cacti, found at places like Home Depot, Ikea, and local nurseries. Just caution your guests that they are real – it’s all fun and games until someone gets stabbed buy a cacti!
  2. Mix and serve homemade margaritas! I will be posting a recipe for this easy three-ingredient concoction, no blender required!
  3. Set the mood! For some reason we have a ton of votive candles, so these are perfect for placing around the house for extra lighting and ambiance. These can also be found at most dollar stores.
  4. Use bright colors! Mix together a variety of flowers, food, candles, and vases for a stylish centerpiece. Adding a fun and colorful banner in the main room will set an awesome backdrop for pictures as well!
  5. From décor to outfit. Party city offers sombreros, mustaches, and other creative accessories. The sombreros can add as extra décor and can be worn by those that want to feel a little more festive!
  6. Mariachi music! Be sure to add a Mexican themed music station to your Pandora for some extra entertainment!

Don’t forget to take pictures! Cheers!

cinco 2013


NOTE: For those that do not like the idea of Cinco de Mayo actually being a “holiday”… here are some facts: Cinco de Mayo dates back to May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops defeated French forces in the Battle of Puebla. Although this battle did not end the fight entirely, the defeat became historic and symbolic. Mexican-Americans began celebrating the day as a triumph of freedom and democracy. The fight happened elsewhere, but why not have the party in the U.S.A.!

cinco de mayo 2013