Styling Your Bookcase

living room with bookcases
Andrew J. Howard

 

We were sad to leave an incredible few launch days for Slightly South of Simple in NYC but so excited to be heading back to the Carolina coast today for several really fun events! (If you’re in NC or SC take a peek at my next few days of events below. I’d love to see you!)

bookcases with matching colored books
Michael Wells Interiors

 

Are you one of those people who has all of your books compactly stored on your e-reader?

etagere bookcase
Lonny

 

Or, like us, do you still prefer to hold the real thing?

bookcases with book light
BHG

 

Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me, but it has gotten a million times worse since becoming an author because, not only do I get hordes of free books, but most of them are signed. Who could possibly get rid of those?

bookases
BHG

 

Hubby and I have these giant, probably twelve-foot tall bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. The other day I was up on a stool restyling things when he came in and said, “Do you think you could start getting rid of some of your books after you’re finished reading them?”

bookcase surrounding fireplace
Architectural Digest

I looked at him, puzzled, and said, “You know I’ve gotten really good about donating books to the library.”

books in a nook
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

His turn to look, puzzled, at the probably 500 books I was currently organizing. Reading the look on his face, I laughed and said, “Oh, honey. These are the ones I haven’t read yet.”

bookcases in office
Sage Design

 

So, yes, I may have a problem. I can’t help myself. I buy books incessantly. Fiction, non-fiction, every design and coffee table book on planet earth. Yoga. Meditation. Cookbooks that I will never, ever use but for some reason love to read. Fishing books for hubby. Children’s books for my little guy, a genre that has not widely expanded since he can read himself… Being on tour is quite the problem since I’m in bookstores constantly.

bookcase in dining room
Architectural Digest

 

The good news for my husband is that I’m mostly flying on this tour, so I’m a little more limited as to what I can bring home. 

book lights over bookcase
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But maybe this is why I love bookshelves that look a little lived in, that look like the books have been read and cherished, or at least will be read and cherished. 

books in bookcase
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And mixing in well-placed accessories, of course, adds to the overall style. But we pretty much love bookshelves however they come! 

bookcase in bedroom with canopy bed
Architectural Digest

 

No matter how you style your bookshelves, we hope you’ll consider adding a copy of Slightly South of Simple to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your Mother’s Day gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support during this first week of Slightly South of Simple being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

Upcoming Events!

Thursday, April 27: Read between the Wines at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 5-7 pm, 910-287-2800, Contact: Pat Wilson, [email protected]

FridayApril 28: Litchfield Books’ Moveable Feast, Luncheon, Talk and Signing, Grand Dunes Ocean Club, 101 Grande Dunes Bvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, 11 am, open to the public, tickets required, Contact: Vicky Crafton, 843-237-8138, for tickets

Friday, April 28: Signing, Litchfield Books, 2 pm, free and open to the public

Friday, April 28: Keynote at General Federation of Womens’Clubs of SC, Pawley’s Island, SC; Subject: Decorating tips for Mary Alice Monroe’s novel Beach House for Rent

Saturday, April 29: Charleston, SC luncheon and talk, High Cotton, 199 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, Contact: [email protected]

Sunday, April 30: Champagne brunch at Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event, $35 includes copy of novel, 2 pm, Contact: Contact Jamie Layton, Downtown Books, [email protected], (252) 473-1056

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Styling the Ottoman

ottoman styling
Plum Furniture Design

 

Good morning, design chicers! Do you love an ottoman? We sure do! Especially this time of year when we want to feel cozy and comfortable in our homes, having an ottoman to put our feet up on is a necessity.

ottoman surrounded by 4 chairs
Robert Brown via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

They are a great alternative to a hard coffee table with all its angles and points. (Although, don’t get us wrong, we love a good coffee table too!)

ottoman at the beach
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

The only tricky part about an ottoman is that, sometimes, how to style it is a little less obvious than with a coffee table.

living room with cowhide ottoman
Suzanne Kasler via One Kings Lane

 

Because ottoman surfaces tend to be smushy and soft, we always like to start with a hard base. A tray is a great option. This orange accent color is a great way to accentuate the pop of color in the room.

living room with tufted ottoman
Melissa Hayes Interior Design

 

Oh my gosh. THESE DOGS! They are so beautiful. The ottoman isn’t bad either! This is a great example of how, when you start with a tray, you can accessorize as usual. We don’t often see a lot of height on an ottoman’s accessories, but we love it when we do!

Burlap ottoman in sunroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Of course, the great thing about using an ottoman as a coffee table is that is doesn’t have to have any accessorizing at all. This throw is the perfect accent and brings in that cozy feeling we were talking about earlier. 

round ottoman as a coffee table
Anne Decker Architect

 

Accessories can be simple and streamlined…

zebra ottoman
Lee Ann Thornton Design

 

Or have a little more going on. Books are great options for creating a fun layered look, and we always tend to use a tray shape that is opposite the shape of the ottoman, so a round tray for a rectangular ottoman, a rectangular tray on a round. It helps mix things up a little and adds interest.

J.K. Kling Interior Design

 

We adore the idea of accessorizing with a beautiful game. It’s attractive, fun, and ensures that you’re always ready for family game night!

leather ottoman in living room
Alexa Hampton via Architectural Digest

 

What is your favorite way to style an ottoman? Looking at these gorgeous photos, we’d say you really can’t go wrong!

Design Chic in Reader’s Digest!

It was so fun to see our design tips in this Reader’s Digest article about 8 Home Decorating Rules you Need to Follow After Age 30!

 

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)

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