Before you start commingling the accessories with the books, gather the available items into a space right in front of the bookshelf. Analyze the set as a whole and weed out the things that you don't love. The items that you put on your shelves should reflect your life, style, taste, and personality.
Any number of things can be used...just be imaginative and thoughtful about what you want to see on a daily basis. If the item seems too insignificant to display (from a size standpoint), you might want to put it on a riser or stand (plates). Wisteria's risers are nice and heavy so they are perfect for creating bookends.
Without a doubt, the items that you use to style your bookcase will change and evolve over time. Mine is constantly in flux...frames and photos change and I'm constantly making room for random items picked up during shopping adventures. Right now this bookcase is filled with books, framed photos, and a couple of vases, one of which was purchased by my great aunt during a trip to Japan.
I love the two photos in this area...one is of my dad's parents on their wedding day and the other is of my mom's parents.
On the other side I have a monogrammed silver dish that belonged to my great uncle along with a blue and white Chinoiserie vase that isn't quite as rich in history since it came from HomeGoods :)
The following are some examples of well-styled bookcases. Note the different arrangements of books and the unique assortment of accessories, I see fossils, vessels, pottery, paintings, figurines, clocks, lights, boxes, and countless other curiosities that I'd love to hear more about!
|Image via Apartment Therapy|
The home shown here actually belongs to a couple that my parents are friends with...it's gorgeous and you can see more of it here. I love how Ollabelle used blue and white pottery throughout the whole display!
Image via Antique Shops & Designers, designed by Ollabelle Hall and Pam Pierce, photo by Jack Thompson
|Designed by SPG Architects|
|Image via Architectural Digest|
This person has quite a collection of Jonathan Adler pottery!
|Image via Traditional Home, photo by Sarah Dorio|
I love this person's carved wood elephant figure and the tiny paintings...
|Image via Flickr|
This is a very minimal look but I think the stringent editing works perfectly with the style of the bookcase and the interior as a whole.
|Image via Flamant|
Now I want to hear about the objects and accessories that you have on your bookshelves. Any favorite things?
Have a great weekend!