When it came to deciding how to group the books on each shelf, I basically sorted them by genre or topic-fiction, children's, sports, education, cooking, photo albums, yearbooks, etc. Then there are some series of books that go together and then there are some complete random books sporadically placed.
I stood some books upright, laid some down in stacks, and faced some outward. Placing them in all different directions keeps things interesting and takes up different amounts of space both vertically and horizontally.
I filled in blank spots with picture frames and other trinkets, like vases, canisters, bowls and figurines. I tried to keep those accessories white for a cleaner, brighter look. However, I couldn't pass up this framed picture, even though it's not white, because how fitting is this pose next to the series of Sweet Valley High books?
Finally, on top of the short, middle book shelf, I sat a book I just purchased in New York, a tree monogram from Anthropologie, and a small metallic vase I found on serious clearance at Target.
I probably arranged and rearranged these shelves a thousand times. Like I said, they don't look exactly like I had planned, but that's okay because there's still room to grow. Pin It