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Lessons Learned in Styling a Bookcase

Lessons Learned in Styling a Bookcase

 

 

When we built this house, I always told my husband that the full wall in the living room should be built-ins.  I had dreams of a place for all of my books and putting together displays.

And then, just over three years ago – my dream came true.  We have beautiful built-in bookcase that I so love and appreciate. (I know, very dramatic ;)

But, the truth is, I found it really hard to pull them together.

This is actually my third try.

But this time, I put more thought into it and I am quite happy with the results.

To show the difference between where I was and where I am, here is a comparison.

 

I realize it wasn’t terrible before, and I actually really liked it when I first finished it.

Which, of course, leads me to believe I might really hate this version in a few months as well.  But, one step at a time.

One of the main things that bothered me was that it was just too cluttered – something I am finding everywhere.  I am liking a little less, not stark, but just a little less.

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