Thursday, December 29, 2011

Form and Function in my Bookcases

Thanks for your suggestions last week about my bookcases

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

So...what do you think?

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  1. i love how those bookcases fill up that little nook with functionality! they look gorgeous all styled, too!

  2. Just the right amount of pretty and functionality. I've spied those tea cups before and I'm trying to collect similar pieces, so that I can have a mix and match dinner service.
    Loved the tin tile company. It's given me loads of ideas -thanks Jen

  3. Came across your blog the other day. Love your beautiful home and all the "old" details!

    Bookcase looks great!

  4. Love your house and your blog! I find it very inspiring! I live in an old, small home in Massachusetts that doesn't have much storage, so I'm always happy to read a blogger who has a home more like mine with similar challenges of space etc. You have done a great job! I'll keep checking in now that I've found your blog :)

  5. The bookcases look great! I would jump for joy over all that storage space :)

  6. You did such a good job of this! It's so beautifully organised, practical and pretty all at the same time.

  7. They look great and I love the colours of the rooms with the white. Just be sure to anchor those babies to the wall to keep your little one safe if you haven't already.

  8. looks great! I think it's SO important to remember the kids in every space. Great job of mixing the things you love with kid solutions. love it!

  9. looks great and i agree with you about the glass its all so spretty and its great that its all so usefull


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