I’ve been searching for a bookcase for months now to help balance out the space in our living room with absolutely no luck. I’d searched Craig’s List, Goodwill, local thrift shops, and furniture stores looking for something in decent condition that I could use as is or that I could refinish. But, like usual, my patience ran out after awhile, and since we were at IKEA this weekend, I bit the bullet and purchased a brand spanking new bookcase.
I had been planning to paint the bookcase white anyway, so when I saw the Hemnes in white on Saturday, it was pretty much love at first sight. Plus, unlike many things at IKEA, this bookcase is actually solid wood, so for the price ($155), it wasn’t too much of a splurge. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself.
I’m hoping to eventually add some sort of wallpaper to the back like a nice green or linen grasscloth, something like these:
but I’m going to live with it awhile before I make any major changes.
Putting together the shelves with decorative items + storage was seriously one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I laid everything that I’d been storing and had no home on the carpet and went to work arranging and rearranging for nearly an hour till I was satisfied with the result. I also love that there is space to add more/exchange items as my collection grows and I want to display different items throughout the seasons.
My rule when I decorate is always trying to maintain an odd number of items in an arrangement and then trying to differentiate sizes and heights as I play around with items. For example, I always try to avoid placing 2 round items or 2 items of a similar height next to each other. Of course, sometimes rules are meant to be broken, so keep playing around with your items until they are aesthetically pleasing to you because in the end, that’s what really matters anyway!
Here’s the shelf by shelf breakdown:
I also love that I was able to display many sentimental items throughout the bookshelf like:
My favorite picture of our family dog, Sebastian, who passed away when I was in college. I named him when I was about 5 years old after seeing The Little Mermaid (of course!) and all animals I ever have will live up to him.
Some of my grandmother’s silver:
And, of course, my Nate Berkus sea anemone!
What items are most important for you to display?