Make It: DIY Stylish Mountain Bookends

Make it: Sweet DIY mountain bookends for your little one's nursery

Now that I have a little one to care for, I’ve come to realize just how wonderful story time can be. Sharing books with Lauren is one of my favorite pastimes… especially the books that I used to read when I was a kid (those are my favorites!). Of course, with a well-stocked bookshelf comes the need for some nice bookends to hold everything in place. So I decided to whip up these pretties for bubba’s room, and they’re so easy to make, I just had to share these DIY mountain bookends with you too!               Continue Reading

10 Bookshelves And Libraries Arranged By Color

Over the years, there have been discussions about the pros and cons of color-coordinating your bookshelves. Some speculate that those who do this, don’t actually read, but use their books as decoration only. As it so happens, I’m totally for the rainbow shelving look. And I’m an avid reader. Here are ten beautiful displays of shelves beautifully-styled in rainbow fashion!  



 Each shelf a designated color! via SF Girl By Bay 


Space the shelves by alternating colored books with all white books.  Continue Reading

How To Style A Beautiful Bookshelf

How To Style A Beautiful Bookshelf
Photo: Zeke Ruelas

Bookshelves often end up being used more as a catch-all than a place to display beautiful objects and collections. But today we’re going to share some simple tips and tricks that will help you turn a boring old bookcase into a stunning focal point.    

How To Style A Beautiful Bookshelf
Photo: The Decor Fix

1. Vary the scale. By placing items of different sizes next to each other, your eye will bounce around from piece to piece, making for a more visually pleasing layout. Continue Reading

DIY Decor Idea: Custom Bookshelf Liner Makeover

We’re in the process of painting the front room of our 1920s home and I’ve been wondering what to do to make our built-in bookshelves pop. Well, it looks like I’ve found the answer!       

While lining the back of a bookshelf with contact paper is nothing new, Rachel Denbow takes it one step further by designing her own — and showing us how! So, if the purchasable options faux wood or solid color contact paper isn’t really doing it for you, check out her tutorial over on A Beautiful Mess for creating custom bookshelf liners. Continue Reading

Before and After: How To Style a Bookshelf in Minutes

I have an inexpensive IKEA bookshelf that has been completely neglected since the day we moved into our new place, back in October. So, I thought it was about time I tackle this area and put together another style tips post. If your bookshelf looks anything like this one, read on for five simple steps to a perfectly styled bookcase in minutes.    

Here are five tips for styling your bookcase / bookshelf.

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Make It: Easy DIY Rolling Bookshelf

This DIY idea is a super easy project and a fun alternative to traditional bookshelves!         

All you need are some 2x8s cut to size (or some reclaimed/scrap wood), braces, and some casters. From there you can probably figure out how everything goes together, but check out the tutorial and more photos over on The Clever Bunny!

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Before and After: A Colorful, Art-Inspired Bookshelf Makeover

Decorating your home or updating a piece of furniture, but not sure where to start? Take this tip from Design Milk and use a favorite work of art as a springboard for color and pattern inspiration!      

This plain Jane bookshelf got a jolt of color and some funky geometric/color-blocked accents inspired by the artful weavings of Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski. Pretty cool, right?

Learn how to transform an inspirational image into an actual paint palette over on Design Milk! Continue Reading

Make It: A Playful DIY Mountain Wall Shelf

DIY Wooden Mountain ShelfI love mountains, loooove them. I’m lucky enough to live in a place where I can look any direction and see snow-capped mountains, going back in seemingly infinite layers, year-round. They’re just straight up majestic. And, turns out, they look pretty dang adorable translated into wooden wall shelves!      

This simple project comes from French blogger Cyrielle of Carnets Parisiens. While the instructions are in French, it’s pretty easy to follow (plus, your browser will probably ask you if you want the page translated — say ‘yes’): cut out a mountain range with a jigsaw, sand, attach to the shelf base, then add a couple shelf brackets — voila! Continue Reading

How To: Turn a Ladder into a Colorful Plant Stand or Bookshelf

created at: 02/21/2013

Give plants (or books!) a fun new place to hangout with this clever idea: retrofitting a ladder for wooden shelves! It’s an inexpensive and unique DIY project that can work in a variety of spaces.     

Customize the color to fit your decor or go wild with a bold pattern — however you paint it is up to you! Before you start adding some personal flair, though, check out how to add wooden shelves (and make them sturdy) over on A Beautiful Mess! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Upcycled Leather and Wood Shelf

created at: 08/26/2012

Still have a few ill-fitting belts left over from that drawer pull project? Put ’em to work as part of a reclaimed wood bookshelf!    


No belts? No problem! Hit up your local thrift store or the weekend yard sale circuit — you’re bound to find a few old leather belts for cheap! After you’ve gathered your supplies (belts, wood, nails), head over to Design*Sponge for the full scoop on this simple DIY project!