Bookshelf Confessional


Confession:

The shelves in our family room have been exactly the same almost 2 years.

There I said it.

So these past few days I've been tweaking.

Covering books with scrapbook paper and adding fun little embellishments.


Brought out an old tray in deeper colors than we've had lately.
Then added a basket behind it for texture.



Found these pretty leaf prints from the last house that were hiding in the closet.


We have so many irons in the fire right now that my husband said,

"Could you try to finish at least one project soon?"

How about you...many projects lately?

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44 comments

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Stacey, don't feel bad. I have lots of spaces that have been the same for the past 2 years...lol! I like what I like; and it stays that way until I get bored with it! Your books look great! I don't have any major projects going on...just tweaking, as usual.

Lisa said...

I love how you covered the books with paper! That's is such a cute idea! Well it looks like you've got one project finished! LOL!

Patty Marker said...

My whole house is one big unfinished project right now and it's driving my husband crazy! Love the deep red.

debi said...

Love covered books though I haven't done so. I love the look of all of them the same color too!
So love my book Jackets I hate to remove them :-)

Hugs!

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

Our similarities just keep piling up...I am working on my bookshelves as well! They have been the same for years and this summer I decided I was going to totally shake it up. You're way ahead of me though, I have things in a box ready to go up/ take down, but...summer has been too nice! Yours look lovely!

Kathleen Grace said...

Ha, my bookshelves change all the time...depending on which household junk gets laid on them until I can find a place for it. Lol. I love how your shelves look, it's enough to inspire me to try making mine pretty! The deep red accents are so perfect for fall! What kind of paper did you use? 12x12 scrapbook? It's so pretty!

Katie Mansfield said...

I love your deep red. It's so pretty. Your tole tray is adorable too.
I know my husband feels the same way. I have little piles everywhere! Have fun finishing up your projects.

Susan Jeffries said...

Please do not worry about that! And your shelves look great! No need to change! Sometimes I just add something seasonal to change things up. I love what you have done!Susan

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Your tweaking turned out great! No projects here, because our house is for sale. Had another showing this afternoon....hopefully they liked the house.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I think your shelves look great! I really like the leaf prints. I forget I have certain decor items too. I have a few big rubbermaid tubs in my closet full of home decor items I'm not currently using. It's fun to go through them and find "new" things to bring out again. :)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Oh girl, if you saw this house right now! We have decided to move a new project ahead of the other 8,657 projects that we are half done with, seriously someone should lock us both up :) There isn't a single surface in this little house that doesn't hold something that shouldn't be there. Looking at your pretty displays is a sight for sore eyes! Such a cute idea with the books, I will so be copying you on that one. Very pretty!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love lots of candles, too. Your candlestick looks like Mercury glass...how beautiful! We got back from Florida and I went crazy cleaning and sorting! I took a load to donate today! WHEW! But I need to do more! Hugs!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks so pretty Stacey!!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I love your updates! You wouldn't believe how long things stay the same in my house! I have about 4 projects going on now and I am ready to finish some so I can clean up my messes!

Gina said...

It either too many projects all at once or none at all! Your shelves look very pretty. I really love the color you've added. It's perfect for Fall!

JG said...

I'm still working on the white shelf in our son's room (our newlywed), Stacey. It has a nautical theme & I added a sandpiper this weekend. It's a work in progress. The fleece bed throw is next on my list to sew. :)
~Judy

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So pretty! The leaf prints are lovely! I also have too many unfinished projects!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Your shelves are pretty! Love the leaf prints. They remind me of post cards. You've got me wondering what kinds of irons you have in the fire... do tell :-)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stacey, your shelves look great!! I love to cover books too where I can.
Love the details you added. The leaf prints are gorgeous.
I always have lots going on and just when I finish all, I seem to start all over!! It just never ends. LOL
Have a great day.
Hugs

Blondie's Journal said...

Your shelves look pretty. I love how you covered some of the books. I can never keep mine from getting cluttered. That's when I know you redo them! :)

Jane xx

April said...

Your "tweaking" has definitely come together well. Of course, I think you could take a brown paper sack and make it look good! Yes, Chris and I are in the process of painting the interior of our home. We've been working on it off and on now for about 3 months or so. I just want to be done with it! It's turned into a much bigger project than I had anticipated.

Deserae said...

I have some areas in my home that haven't been touched in a couple of years too. I love those leaf prints...very pretty! Your bookcase look great.
~Des

Sue said...

2 years? I have you beat! I have lots of areas in my home that haven't changed in over 5 years.

Everything looks lovely, love that tole tray.
And, I love what your husband said too, I am not so great at finishing:-)

Art and Sand said...

My husband would sympathize with yours right now. We have 3 rooms in the process of being painted so all of our furniture is in the living room. Fortunately our painter is a good friend, quiet and efficient. He hopes to be done by Friday.

And then, I am going to copy your idea of covering the books with scrapbook paper.

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty Stacey. I really like the basket and colors and white jars. Well all of it, lol.

I understand having a bunch going on. Whew!

The Gathering Place said...

I love the new look of the bookcase. I think we become blind to things in our houses and don't even notice them after a while. Switching out is always nice. I love the covered books.

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MaryJean Z said...

Stacey, don't make me laugh! I think I have about 10 projects going or in the works currently. If I didn't have anything waiting to work on I would be bored! I don't remember ever not working on a project, even when I was in my early teens I was always creating as I'm sure you were too!
Love your blog!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Stacey! I love the autumnal colors you've brought in to your bookshelf. I love those framed prints!

bj said...

That's my next wintertime project..I've not really made my wall of bookshelves pretty since we moved here. So many other things needing attention.
Your shelves look AWESOME...

Debbiedoos said...

Not too many big projects going on here. Just lots of Fall changes and crafts. I love Fall. Your bookshelf looks great.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A lovely shelf with such pleasing arrangements. The tole tray is just right and the pops of burgundy/red is so pretty!

Lana L. said...

I always have too many projects going on too. However, I haven't changed my bookshelves in a very long time either, so add another one to the list :)!

corners of my life said...

We call this kind of decorating - "shopping at home"

Judy said...

I agree with Shanita...don't worry about your bookcase shelves being the same for a while...mine don't change much at all...maybe that means we got it right the first time!

Thank you for your comment on my blog today...I hope to start posting more often like I used to...but since I spent part of every day with my 94 year old mom at her nursing home, it's hard to find the time right now...it's people like yourself that keep me going!

sweetvintageofmine said...

Those leaf prints are gorgeous! One of these days I want to cover some of my books too...love the look! Blessings~~~Roxie

Liz Hockamier said...

Confession.... the bookshelves in our bedroom have been the same for ...... 8 years. Its true.

I think that I will use your idea to cover the books on our entertainment center... Smarty! :)

Have a great weekend!
~Liz

Brandi said...

Great idea to add the basket. I always hear so much about layering and adding texture.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your bookshelves turned out so cute! I love covered books and that tray is so gorgeous!

Babs R said...

Nice styling on your shelves! I really like they tole tray and the framed leaf prints. I wish I had some projects going, but I'm stuck in an uncreative mode. :)

Sonia said...

Love the tweaking you've been up to! I have some shelves that have been the same for many years and then I have some I change seasonally and with all you have done since you moved, everything looks beautiful! Love the prints and your signature touches of red! Just lovely!
Miss Bloomers

Nancy Reinke said...

Love the colors you've incorporated in your rearranging, Stacey. Subtly seasonal. I had to laugh at your husband's comment. That' the price men pay having wives with great imagination, isn't it? LOL xxx ~ Nancy

Nancy Reinke said...

Love the colors you've incorporated in your rearranging, Stacey. Subtly seasonal. I had to laugh at your husband's comment. That' the price men pay having wives with great imagination, isn't it? LOL xxx ~ Nancy

Jaybird said...

Oh my...I hope our husband's don't visit ;^) My poor sweetie is about to go crazy...our house looks like a tornado ripped through...even the cat is taking cover lest she be dyed a FALL color instead of her normal white....yikes!
I'm in love with the reds you have tweaked! It all looks beautiful, and thank you so much for sharing.
Blessings,
J