midweek memo | refining my bookcase

Ever since I can remember I have had a bookcase overflowing with books. When I was super young they were fairy tales and picture books, some hand-me-downs from my sister, some brand new ones selected from weekly forays to Waterstones. As I grew up my bookcase grew up with me, many things were discarded along the way but most were kept and the result is a hoard of books, some treasured, others read, enjoyed but then forgotten. 

When I moved down to London I sneakily left this hoard at my parents’ house. I really HATE throwing books away and the thought of sorting through that overflowing bookcase filled me with dread. This dread however was unfortunately not enough to deter me from starting a new hoard… the London Collection let’s call it.

My most recent read is “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever” by Marie Kondo and bloody hell is it changing my life! I’ve always thought I was a pretty tidy, compact person but now I realise I’ve been doing it all wrong! I am itching to find a spare day or two where I can start ripping through my belongings and properly sorting out.

The most recent chapter was about book hoarding. I read the title with trepidation thinking “I’ll just skim through it as no way am I giving up the London Collection”! But then I hit upon a sentence that changed my view… “Imagine what it would be like to have a bookshelf filled only with books that you really love”. On reading that I felt my eyes slip over to my collection and look at it in a new light. My eyes fell on titles I had become bored with halfway through, some I had read and not enjoyed, others were cherished. It seems it is time to refine my assortment.

This all ties in nicely with the fact I am moving house soon and so really it’s the perfect opportunity to be rid of things I no longer need. Less things to take with me and great for a fresh start!

In light of all of this I have had my eye on bookshelf inspirations for my new, cultivated collection in my new home.

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The  most successful bookcases break up the book collection in regular intervals so you are not hit with a wall of titles you can’t process.
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The style of bookshelf used is important too – it can be a simple backdrop with books and objects stored on it being the main focus or it can be the feature itself. This amazing Antalogia design from Studio 14 is a great example.

 

Breaking up the book sections further with loved items and statent ornaments. Adding a pop of green in brings your bookshelf to life.

Shop the look here:

These gorgeous planters would look amazing on any bookshelf:

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OKConcrete                         ThisWayToTheCircus                   BerriesForBella

 

Alternating taller ornaments with lower book heights give variety to the eyeline and add interest to your shelf.

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ShragaLandesmanArt                             Yahalomis

 

Quirky extra details can help add interest to your bookshelf, prints stacked at the back of the shelf will add depth to the look:

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Velvet Era                                  Bold and Noble                          Hill Barn East

 

For more inspiring bookcases vibes head here: Read

In order of appearance, images borrowed from the lovely: BlogLovin | Studio 14 | Amber Interiors | Architectural Digest | Woonio | Sarah Sherman Samuel

 

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