modern style

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

 


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Modern Chic-A Trend to Reflect Your Personal Style

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the creative vision and voice behind the blog City Farmhouse. I am beyond thrilled to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG and to be in the company of such incredible talent!

The idea of blending vintage +modern has quickly become a style trend I have fully embraced for many reasons. When I first began decorating our east coast home 3 years ago I have to be honest, I felt a little lost. I had so many ideas & styles running through my head as most people do when they buy a new home, that it was hard to narrow it down. Can anyone relate? Ever since I can remember I have had a crush on vintage, as a little girl shopping thrift stores with my mother, there was just something I felt connected to, plus it is eco-friendly, full of character & charm and who doesn’t love that. On the other hand I am also drawn to simple, clean, white & minimal. So there began my decorating pursuit to layer our home in vintage details with a clean & comfortable modern simplicity, hence my blog name City Farmhouse.

With this style trend I love that the emphasis is on personal style and originality. There are many interpretations of Vintage Modern Chic, so there is a great deal of creative freedom, here are a few tips to help you get the look…..

Add modern art to your walls or a focal point to give a fresh hip look.

Abstract art above the firplace adds a modern feel to this comfortable space {City Farmhouse}

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Repeat metals, textures &/or color to bring continuity to the space.

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A signature vintage piece blended with modern details, like this wall of black & white photos shows personality and makes for great conversation.

Love this salvaged door that opens to this rustic modern gallery wall and simple gray & white staircase

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Mix whites, metals and warm wood tones with vintage elements, like this cool sign.

Magonlia Homes- love the mix of old & new elements in this modern farmhouse kitchen{via}

Introduce Lucite or other modern pieces to a rustic or traditional space to instantly give a stylish modern sensibility.

Erin Gates beautifully blends vintage & modern furnishings in her entry {shoot for BHG}

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Layer dark tones, vintage furnishings, gold & organic textures with white to give modern character & charm.

Perfectly Imperfect-Love the blend of modern elements with vintage charm

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Mix vintage pieces & warm wood tones with crisp white modern touches to create a clean & stylish space.

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Introduce rattan & mid-century modern with rustic pieces to achieve the look.

Modern Beach Cottage- A beautiful mix of mid-century modern, rattan and rustic elements {BHG}{BHG}

Use vintage collections to compliment your modern furnishings.

A mix of old & new in this modern beach cottage. A vintage collection of paint by numbers gallery wall with a sleek headboard and side tables.

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Use white as a neutral backdrop for your blended styles.

Decor 8- The Creative Studio of Jeremy Harwell

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Add modern patterns, color & wood tones with white to create a comfortable & stylish retreat.

The DIY Show Off-beautiful mix of old & new with vintage modern touches that bring a warmth to the space

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Last little tip to “get this look”- have fun & enjoy the journey, let your own personal style shine through!


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 6.27

This week has been a particularly rainy one, and I’ve gotten a little antsy looking out my windows waiting for the weather to perk up. I’m the type of person who always has to be busy with something, and so I tried my luck with some of these awesome DIY projects this week (although mine didn’t turn out nearly as well):

With the Fourth of July coming up, I wanted to make something festive that I wouldn’t throw away as soon as the day was done. This Fourth of July Clothespin Wreath from Washi Tape Crafts is cute enough to leave up all year round.

 

I love flowers, and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try this Gold Fruit Bowl DIY by House of Earnest. While gold paint creates a chic look, bright colors make the whole ensemble even more eye-catching.

 

 

As the days get (hopefully) more sunny, outdoor activities will become a regular routine. I love the playful look of this Painter’s Canvas Picnic Blanket I found on A Subtle Revelry’s blog. Such a cute and easy way to enjoy an afternoon laying on the grass.

 

 

I can’t wait to try out this gallery wall I spotted on The Proper Pinwheel. The random but unified collection of frames makes the room visually interesting but not overwhelming or distracting.

 

 

And while I like accessorizing rooms with textures, colors, and funky pieces, I’m starting to realize an appreciation for more minimalist, natural-looking decoration. These easy ways to decorate with tree branches on A Hammer and Heels brings a simplistic and earthy vibe to any room in the house.

 

 


Joni Lay

get the look: primary colors in the nursery

Lately, I’ve been seeing a resurgence of using a classic primary palette to create a playful and fun child’s space. (Check this one out, for example!)  This color scheme makes for a great neutral space, and also has a bit of a nolstagic feel with the throwback colors.  Leave your walls white and bright to keep it from feeling overly juvenile, and you’ll have a happy room you’ll love spending time in.  Adding in a small collection of vintage toy cars and trucks would make for a really fun detail, as well.

traditional nursery

Sources, from top left: (1) Car Park Print; (2) Blue String Pendant; (3) Bus Tin Sign; (4) Balloons Print; (5) Cookie Loves Milk Print; (6) Lighting Strike Print; (7) Knit Cherry Pillows; (8) Birch Sparrow Crib; (9) Vintage Toy Truck; (10) Gold Banana Lamp; (11) Vintage Sunny Yellow Dresser; (12) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (13) Yellow Anchor Crib Sheet; (14) Littletown Print; (15) Red Plus Rug; (16) Finn Rocker

Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


Joni Lay

get the look: pineapples

Have you notices pineapples popping up everywhere?  They seem to be a favorite this season, and with summer making its warm appearance, they are the perfect accent, and also pair perfectly with rattan.  Pineapples are a symbol for hospitality and are a natural fit in home decor.  Below are some ideas for incorporating this happy fruit into a baby nursery.

baby room ideas

Sources, from top left: (1) Macrame Pendant; (2) Fruit Prints; (3) Vintage Pineapple Sconce; (4) Vintage Hawaiian Print; (5) Pineapple Print; (6) Polaroid Beach Photo; (7) Vintage Pineapple Canister; (8) Twinfin Throw Pillows; (9) White Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) Basketweave Dresser; (12) Hanging Rattan Chair; (13) La Pina Print; (14) Fog Cotton Dhurrie; (15) White Pouf; (16) Gold Tray; (17) Tassel Curtain Panel; (18) Lime Dot Crib Sheet; (19) Parrot Pillow


Joni Lay

get the look: rattan chic

How do you feel about the rattan/wicker/macrame trend?  It’s a really fun way to add a bit of lightness and texture to a room – almost like bringing the outside in (loving it as a nightstand in my bedroom!).  Rattan is also a great accent in the nursery; it’s casual and feels friendly and when paired with a fluffy pillow or throw it becomes the perfect cozy retreat.  Here are a few favorite rattan accents that would make great additions to a nursery or child’s room (love that pendant light!! and a rattan campaign chest? so fun!):

Sources, from top: (1) Macrame Pendant Light; (2) Woven Wall Mirror; (3) Rattan Shelf Bracket; (4) Hanging Rattan Chair; (5) Aria Rattan Headboard; (6) Hennie Chair; (7) Vintage Bar Cart; (8) Vintage Basket-weave Dresser; (9) Black Elsa Stool; (10) Vintage Rattan Ottoman; (11) South Seas Side Cart; (12) Vintage Faux Bamboo Chest; (13) Vintage Rolling Cart