Living Room

Rachel Shingleton

Top Picks for Stylish Bookshelves


Hi there! I’m Rachel Shingleton, and  I am the creative director and blogger at Pencil Shavings Studio. I am so excited to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG.  I love design in all its forms, and I’m especially crazy about color. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with the BHG community.

I’m a lifelong bookworm and I love nothing more than having my favorite reads around me. But it’s a slippery slope when keeping all those books organized and still be part of my decor.  Whether your home has built-ins or freestanding shelves, styling those bookshelves may take a little more time and thought than you might have expected.

Start with a clean slate of completely empty shelves. Prep a selection of books that you want to display.  I’m currently in love with collecting redesigned hardcover classic books from the Penguin Drop Caps series and other publishers who’ve hired some pretty fantastic graphic artists to create gorgeous covers. I’m always interested in colorful books on interior design, fashion, textiles, travel, and photography to add to my library, but consider the overall look you want to create. Do you want a eclectic multicolored collection or something more monochromatic?

Bookshelves look best when not completely overcrowded.  In fact, having a decent amount of unfilled or “blank” space will help your items to pop and look more intentional. Don’t be afraid of blank space. It will give your eye a place to rest so it doesn’t look cluttered or overwhelming. Experiment with arranging books both horizontally and vertically. But remember – group items together going from smallest to largest, especially when stacking them.

Definitely plan on spending some time arranging and rearranging until you get just the right look. And remember – those shelves aren’t just for books. Create more visual interest by sourcing fun decor items such as frames, candles, pottery, brass objets, vintage china, small clocks, lacquered boxes, bookends, statues, clocks, small plants, or magazine boxes. The sky’s the limit on what you can create!

Here’s some inspiration for your shelves, plus some of my favorite items to help you get the look.

I love the bold pops of chartreuse and citrus in these built-ins.  The pale grey paint is neutral but still enough contrast to make even white look stellar.

With a damask wallpapered backdrop, these bookshelves have a homey and eclectic aesthetic. Family photos share the space with favorite books and found objects.

Repetition is a great way to make a statement with your shelves. By stacking all the books and keeping the heights the same, everything feels planned and intentional.

  1. Penguin Classics Drop Cap Series
  2. Yellow Vase
  3. Happy Chic nesting boxes
  4. Dwell Studio Antelope sculpture
  5. Jonathan Adler Dachshund bookends
  6. Geo Terrarium
  7. Adeco Red Vase

 


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Decorating with Pink and Blue

TREND: Pink and blue move beyond the baby’s nursery.

When you hear of decorating with pink and blue, especially paired together, people tend to think of nurseries or kids’ rooms. The colors can easily look right at home in adult spaces too though! The trick is to keep either the pink or the blue bright and saturated, as opposed to using pastel “baby” colors. The living room above is a great example of this in action. The blue is soft and sweet, but that vivid pink (almost magenta) keeps things lively. You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Blue Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler
  2. Pink Hydrangea Stems (Faux), Pottery Barn (or use fresh flowers, of course!)
  3. Paint: Tropical Breeze, Behr
  4. Louis XVI Hand-Carved Upholstered Chair, Restoration Hardware
  5. Campaign Coffee Table, Horchow
  6. Athena Bone Glazed Lamp, Lamps Plus
  7. Fruit Bowl and Plate with Biscuits, Cézanne print, Art.com
  8. Eton Sofa with Slipcover, Ballard Designs
  9. Eyelash Coral Pillow, Crate & Barrel
  10. Linden Lake Pillow, Linden Lake Pillow

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Patterned Pair

TREND: Patterned chair pairs.

The living room above starts with a fairly neutral base. Natural wood, a cream sofa and Moroccan rug, a mirror and a white lamp all look fine together, but they need a little oomph. Enter a pair of fun green chairs, and accent wall that subtly picks up on the color, and a few bright accessories, and you have a lot more interest in the room! You can get a similar look with a pair of any of the chairs below.

  1. Helmes Wing Chair in Matisse Ikat Moiré, Ballard Designs
  2. Stockholm Mosta Green Chair, IKEA
  3. Helmes Wing Chair in Damask Green EasyCare, Ballard Designs
  4. Thatcher Upholstered Wingback Chair, Pottery Barn
  5. Helmes Wing Chair in Trellis Kiwi Sunbrella, Ballard Designs
  6. Study Wheatgrass Wingback Chair, CB2

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home To Yours: Poufs!

Can we talk about poufs for a minute? I’m not sure if you have boarded the pouf-trend train yet, but I’m taking on the role of conductor and inviting you to hop on board. As I’ve mentioned here on Style Spotters, over the last year I’ve been creating an office / living room for myself. While the space is pretty large, it’s divided into two separate areas: the office and the living room.Because of the layout, the living room got the short end of the stick in terms of space. However, I’m making that area work as hard as possible.

 

First, I incorporated a small sectional for maximum seating and total television watching comfort. Given the size of the sectional, I don’t have a lot of space for side chairs without making things feel cramped. The solution? Poufs!

 

Adding two patterned poufs on the opposite side of my coffee table not only offers me extra seats, but also provides an element of fun. It’s like having a couple mini- bean bag chairs. Adults have an opportunity to be kids again, but in a super stylish and trendy way. You have to love that!

 

With more and more people on the hunt for the perfect pouf for their space, the varieties, styles, colors, and shapes available these days are endless. Today I want to share some of my favorite poufs in hopes that one or two will fit your space.

 

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Climb aboard the train and use the comments below to let us know which poufs are your favorites.
 
Happy Decorating!

Michael A. Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


BHG Guest Blogger

Nate Berkus: American Dream Builders

 

The first thing people ask me when they see me, or on my Facebook page, is…Nate, please come to my house! Because how we live really matters. Period, the end. It’s about living with what you love, in a space that reflects who you truly are. This show is about bringing high design back to television…design that I hope inspires people to think about their spaces in a new way. And that’s what you see on the show. Talented, passionate designers who are fighting for their point of view. Some of the choices you will love, some you won’t. And that’s the thing with design, it should always be about what feels good, about what speaks to you. That being said, there are rules…things that can help turn an okay space into a room that really feels special.

 

 

 

 

I love this living room transformation from last week’s episode. The mistake people often make is thinking they need 20 pieces in a room. But the thing is, if it’s well-chosen and edited, fewer pieces are fine. In this space they edited the book case and left only a few curated objects. I might not have made that choice but it certainly hits home the fact that more than books can live on your shelves. In fact,  that’s one of the take aways for me doing this show;  sometimes less really is more. People also think that they have to be adventurous with paint. If that’s what you love, I say do it. But freshly painted white walls will never go out of fashion. Keep to the same hues when you add color, like the grey and purple accents here. And don’t forget lighting. People, I can’t say it often enough…it’s one of the most important things to think about. Go flea market shopping and pick up vintage sconces or brass lamps. These are the details that will bring the room together. That will make it feel layered. And like a room you love to come home to.


 

How great is this wallpaper! Absolutely perfect for a kid’s room…that was my greatest takeaway here. It feels fresh, fun…but also chic. And a space that they can grow into. That’s important. You want your child’s room to evolve with them. I also love the seating area. A place they can do homework, or read a book. It’s about creating a beautiful space, yes. But also, is this practical…does this space serve us? This is actually a pretty small room. But proof that you don’t need a lot of space to live well.

 

I can’t wait for you all to tune in and watch the second episode of American Dream Builders on Sunday night at 8/7c on NBC. I would love to hear what your favorite rooms are; what you’d love to recreate and why.

 


Kirsten Grove

Runway to Color Palette: A Minimalist New Year

New Years is in just a few days. With that comes spring cleaning, organizing and throwing away those things that just don’t matter anymore. I love removing things from my decor that are adding clutter instead of adding beauty. A lovely palette that can take your space from too much stuff to being minimalist awesome is black, white and silver. Of course color is the best and can always be introduced but if you are craving a more simple space, this is your color palette! Here’s the look:

Products: 1. Dining Table 2. Table Lamp 3. Candle Holder 4. Teapot 5. Candlestick Holders 6. Tray 7. Bowl 8. Dining Chair  For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket
Introduce Samovar Silver in accessories and even wood furniture pieces.

Color Inspiration: Pants
I’m all for black accent walls. Domino creates the perfect dramatic wall to showcase your whites, silvers and other tones.

Color Inspiration: Shirt
Extra White is a great bright white that looks awesome on the walls, furniture and accessories.

Outfit Photo via Sincerely Jules. Paint via Sherwin Williams.

We a see a stylish, minimalist space below using the black, white and silver color palette.

Image: VT Wonen