Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bookshelf Styling 101

The number one question/concern I get as a designer is, "how in the hell do I style things?" Just like that they say it. Well maybe it isn't as easy as it looks but I do happen to follow a certain practice each and every time. The goal of styling shelves, tables or the like, is to add dimension. It's like cooking. A little of this, a pinch of that, a scoop of THAT. Art behind, knick knacks to the side, picture frames in front... You get the picture. Even if if it feels like it is too much, it probably isn't. I set out to make no shelf the same. Try offsetting each shelf from the other. For example, position books vertically on one shelf and horizontally on an adjoining shelf. This is what I do, loves. Here is a little example for your visual learners. 
Style it: Modern Bookcase/Hair Bun art/Monogram Box/Frame/Floral jar/Lotus/Pineapple/Greek key lamp

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So if you follow me via the Gram, you would already have noticed that I did some styling for a client this weekend. Now mind you, we are not done but this is a great start. Lots of layers and dimensions, and I am loving it. Not confident in your own styling skills? I will do this for you. Just say the word. You KC and surrounding area folks, shoot me a note at sadieandstella@gmail.com and we will get you all squared away.


  1. Well, obviously I love this! I found some more "stuff" for us too. Thanks for your fabulous help!

  2. You now have me wishing that I had a bookshelf...... now I think I need to be on the hunt for one. xx

  3. Love this post! Great job Lindsey!

  4. Thanks for posting!! Looks awesome...and now I know how to style my bookcase in our new house.


  5. Sometime styling a bookcase can totally overwhelm me too. So many nooks and crannies in some shelves. Way to style is sista!

  6. This is an awesome step-by-step how-to!!

  7. You are a fantastic stylist. You always style your shelves, tables, etc to perfection!

  8. I am really loving all of these peeks into your design projects.

  9. You are the queen of styling! I need to improve my skillz.

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  10. You are an expert shelf styler!! Great job doll! Love our pic :-)

  11. That styling job looks great! I think the key is books.. I've had people ask me to help them and own zero books. Makes it difficult!

  12. the visuals definitely help! you know what your doing... im staring at my sad shelves as I write this. woof.


  13. You go you bookshelf diva you! I love all these visuals...you may just be the vignette master :)

  14. I love that picture!!!! The styling is perfecto.So glad you are offering this service! xoxo

  15. Such a good job! It's amazing what a bit of bookshelf styling can do to a room actually!

  16. You've got some skills! Your styling is fantastic! Thank you so much for the shout out!! Jennifer

  17. great work! my shelves are a work in progress and loved reading your tips!
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  19. Love it! I loved the visual. You are right is an art! One you have mastered!

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