Things We Love: Beautifully Styled Bookshelves

living room with bookshelves
Andrew J. Howard


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

bookshelves with matching colored books
Michael Wells Photography


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

bookshelves with painted backs


Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me,

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 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?

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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?”

bookshelves surrounding fireplace
Architectural Digest


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

bookshelves 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.”

Marie Flanigan bookshelves in gray
Marie Flanigan


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.

bookshelves in gray
SF Cottages & Gardens


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

book lights over bookshelves
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 bookshelves
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! 

bookshelves with book lights over and ladder
Architectural Digest


No matter how you style your bookshelves, we hope you’ll consider adding a copy of The Southern Side of Paradise to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support these first few weeks of The Southern Side of Paradise being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

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Things We Love: Bookcases!

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Lies and Other Acts of Love!


Good morning, chic readers! It’s here! It’s here! Today is the official launch day for my brand-new novel, Lies and Other Acts of Love. And I couldn’t let the day go by without thanking all of you, our wonderful readers, for your incredible support of both our blog and my books. We are so thankful for all of you every, single day!


In Good Taste: Alyssa Rosenheck

Chad James Group – Alyssa Rosenheck PhotographyWe’ve said it before, and we’ll probably say it again: Fabulous furnishings are nothing without stunning photography. Perfectly filled bookcases look off balance, ideally proportioned chairs look too small… The list goes on and on and on. But, in the hands of a skilled professional, each room looks just as chicly amazing as it does in real life–and in the mind of the designer who dreamed it. One glance at the amazing photos by Alyssa Rosenheck, and we’re sure you’ll agree!


Beautiful Library Lights

Mark D. Sikes

The library is by far one of our favorite rooms in the house.

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Rows and rows of books are mandatory, of course. But we also love gorgeous baskets full of treats!


Markham Roberts


 You know we love a good design book. So starting the week with one is a huge treat!


 And this new Markham Roberts book, Decorating the Way I See It, is definitely one to get excited about.


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