Styling Bookcases and Moving

February 24, 2014

Getting your house ready for sale is a real pain in the you-know-what.  Everything is supposed is to look just so, and we all know that you can't actually LIVE that way.  A friend told me today that she could never keep her house like mine because it was too "pristine."  Ha!  It's not pristine, not by a long shot.  It's more like uncluttered.  Which is an accomplishment of epic proportions for me, the junk lover.  

You really do start looking at your home with different eyes 

once that


goes up in your front yard.  

You start seeing things that have heretofore gone unnoticed.  Like the hideous hunter green carpet in the office.  Or the outdated floral wallpaper in the dining room.  Or the really messy hand prints surrounding just about every light fixture in the entire house.  (Pssst: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work wonders on that dilemma.)

While in the process of getting the house ready for sale, I told my husband that we had to get new living room and dining room carpet.  Because if we didn't, well then, we'd be the house with the icky carpet.  That's what people would remember, what they'd take away with them once they left our house behind.  I'm happy to say that we replaced the old carpet with some very beautiful new carpet in a neutral tone.

As for that upstairs hallway bookcase I showed you recently here, I got around to styling it a bit.
And while still not my best work, I think I made a difference for the better.

Here it is before.

And here it is after.

I used the little red suitcases to compliment the red in some of the botanicals. 
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That's also why I threw in my son's Rubik's Cube.  I tried to be playful with it, since it does still house children's books, and sits just outside their bedrooms.

I'm no expert, but I do know you're suppose to mix books with other decor, and place the books in different positions, rather than just straight up and down.  I also tried to pick some of their nicer-looking, larger books.

At this point I don't have much decor to choose from since most of it is in storage!  Grrr!

But all things considered I'm happy with how it turned out.

There are so many pretty bookcases on line that you could go cross-eyed just trying to look at all of them.  I've started a 

Pinterest Page 

dedicated to bookcases in an attempt to corral at least a few of them in one place and use them for future styling inspiration.

Do you have any special styling tips you use for your bookcases?

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Decor To Adore said...

Oh it looks so good! I will soon be in the same boat. :)

Have a lovely week.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh yes, much better. Happy to hear you were able to change out your carpet, I'm sure it will make a huge difference.

Jane B. said...

Love it, it looks so much better! Clean :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very nice - You did good!
I have one that needs major work - someday.:/

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a pain!! I think it looks great and I have no tips I like how the books are laying down and standing up and oh the pop of the red. I remember selling a house once and every time someone was coming to look it was the mad dash to clean up...Then one night they called to do a showing and we were eating dinner, I said forget it, it is what it is! Yep, they bought the house lol!


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