By Lynsey Eaton | Image via One Kings Lane
We have moved past the large furniture stage of decorating and are tumbling headfirst into “the hard part.” My new approach to what I like to call “musical objets” is to focus on one area of the room at a time. This month, the bookcase has been my never ending project.
Originally I had my sights set on a vintage Milo Baughman etagere (similar to the one above) that I thought would really become a statement piece in our living room. But once I saw the price tag of similar items, it became clear it was either the book case or the Jonathan Adler sofa I had been begging for. Ultimately, I chose the piece of furniture I was destined to spend years sitting on instead of the one banished to a corner. So this is the bookcase we went with instead. The price was right at around $250 and I honestly get so many compliments on it from people who think it is more of a luxury piece than it is, I don’t miss ol’ Milo one bit. An easy decision.
Decorating it has been another story. The last month has been a series of rearranging books, re-framing art, buying vases and boxing magazines in an attempt to come to some sort of arrangement that seems cohesive and effortless. I’m like a one woman expose on indecisiveness.
The framework for decorating the bookcase has understandably become our collection of coffee table books. My favorites – the Kate Moss book and the new Avedon: Women collection, a gift from our friends at Glasses.com – taking center stage and becoming focal points. That part was obvious. It’s the building around the books that has become an obstacle. Everything I have flanking my hardbacks feels like a hodge podge of crap I pulled from other rooms in the hopes that something might stick. It feels like that because that’s what I did.
So I developed a plan.
I’ve been on a hunt for cool objects that feel different and singular, specifically searching for items at various heights, with interesting aesthetic appeal and in neutral tones or metallics. I’ve spent a lot of time in vintage and antique stores trying to find that one piece that so perfectly pairs with more affordable pieces from mainstream retailers – like these vases I found at Anthropologie and this urchin from Lulu & Georgia (who is, as an aside, having a rather significant sale at this very moment).
Just a few more stops and a little moving around and I should be ready to share the end result. If you’ve found anything cool you think would be a good fit feel free to drop it in the comments. I’m not finished just yet, and God knows I need all of the help I can get.
Everything I have flanking my hardbacks feels like a hodge podge of crap I pulled from other rooms in the hopes that something might stick.