Finding beauty and function all with a 1 year old can be tricky.
This post is what I did, and I took some of your advise too! This is how it looked the other day, and obviously the white baskets are placed on the shelves when my daughter is not playing with them.
And this is how it looks now
Like I said in this post, we actually use these bookcases. I like it to be a mix of real stuff, plus a little pretty too.
I like adding different heights, colors and materials to get a nice look, while still keeping some neutrals so it doesnt overpower the whole bookcase.
The pretty teacups we use when we entertain, I also enjoy the little pop of color. In the mason jars I have cocktail stirrers and those little corn on the cob holders. I appreciate these items not cluttering up my drawers.
I added the wine glasses to each side of the bookcase. Glass is great because visually it lets your eyes rest, I dont want the bookcase to look crazy and cluttered.
I used the same technique as the glass with my white bowls. We use these for baking and while entertaining. By putting them all straight in a line it makes them blend in more and make all the stuff look less cluttered.
When I put our daughters books on the bookcase without the baskets she thought it was a game to pull them all off. So I put them in the baskets and now she takes out books shes interested in. I also have them in color order, I dont plan to kill myself keeping them in order, but I think it makes them look nicer. I also added some vintage books for a nuetral pretty loook.
And in the bottom shelf its just a couple of soft toys. In the middle basket I have wipes, bibs and a little hippo that she likes.
I really like symmetry in design. There is symmetry with the tea cups, with the wine glasses, with the white bowls, with the vintage books, with the baskets. It doesnt mean it all has to be identical, but it keeps it looking organized. And I also believe that I can have more stuff because of the symmetry.
I like how from certain angles no one can even see the toys
The view from the living room
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