The bookcases in the living room have been a focal point, however they have also become a stashing place, where extra books are simply stashed on top of others, new frames of family have been set in front of existing frames, while older ones have been pushed to the back. The effect has been busy, haphazard, and lacking in soothing appeal. Here is a before photo taken at Christmas.
First I consulted images of book cases on Pinterest, and filed away ones that appealed to me. Then, I emptied all the shelves, and gave them a badly needed dusting. We pushed the three shelves together, making a more unified look, as though it is one piece rather than three. Then came the process of purging unwanted books, and placing objects and books in a less cluttered and more pleasing manner. Here is the finished look:
Woodie added this detail, which gave us both a laugh:
So now I was on a roll. I had another bookcase around the corner that was even in worse shape of stashing books with no attention to creativity. My granddaughter had recently visited, and as I was putting away her toys, I thought it might be nice to devote these shelves to children’s toys and books – a special place for her things when she visits.