my bookshelves, restyled

One of the benefits of the occasional bout of insomnia is all the things I get accomplished around the house in the middle of the night/wee hours of the morning. To say I am unbearable without a good night’s sleep is the understatement of the century, but when I see all the work I get done when I should be counting sheep, somehow it’s a little more bearable.  My built-ins are a fabulous example.  We lost power for fifteen hours last night during one of the worst thunderstorms we’ve had in a while, so while the furbaby snored away on his bed, oblivious to the storm (lucky duck), I decided to clean the shelves on my built-ins and rearrange.  

If you’re new around here, we built corner built-ins for an awkward space between our family room and kitchen.  It’s been a lifesaver for additional storage, a place for our TV and also for opening up additional space in that weird spot.  Read about the before and after here

I added a bunch of texture – woven demijohn bottles, crusty old medicine bottles and faux coral for a nautical touch for summer.  Here’s the right side and little sneak peek into my kitchen behind it:

The left side:

A few crusty old liquor and medicine bottles add a little interest:

Woven and glass demijohns and, of course, I couldn’t style my bookshelves for summer without including a handmade monkey’s fist – check out how I made it here:

Books, a favorite watercolor painting from a recent trip to the U.K. and some coral:

A great shot of my little lovebug and some of my favorite design books:

The hubby is a Marine and so we have a ton of books on the military, wars and sailing – it seemed only fitting to include a chunky piece of coral on top of a stack of some of his:

How do you like to style your bookshelves?  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Kate on June 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Looove your demijohns and all of the texture on your beautiful builtins. Jealous you have power – ours has been out since 7:30 last night ๐Ÿ™

  2. Kelly Stivers on June 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I'm sorry to hear that Kate, it sucks! We lost ours at 6 last night and got it back on around 11 am today!

  3. Linda@Limeninthecoconut on June 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Making silk out of a sows ear! They look lovely! Your house looks so fresh and cool!

  4. Kelly Stivers on June 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Haha, thank you, Linda! It's coming along ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Amanda on June 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Looks great! In an unrelated topic, can you tell me where you got the chandelier in your entrance? I've been looking for something very similar and I know I've seen the one you have somewhere but can't remember where. Thanks!

  6. Kelly Stivers on June 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Amanda, it's from Home Depot!

  7. Amanda on June 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

    That's what I thought ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the reply!

  8. Jocelyn on January 13, 2014 at 2:25 am

    This looks great!!!so impressive. Where did you get the plans for this project? We have a corner where our tv is that I'm dying to redo. Plus with 2 kids under three we need storage!

  9. Kelly Stivers on January 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Jocelyn – we totally winged these built-ins! You can read about it here:

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