February 6th, 2017
Sometimes, some days when all these hectic moments accumulate in the depths of a wintry deep freeze, I dream of running off to a luxe little cabin in the woods. Obviously it would be lined with bookshelves for miles. Obviously! Imagine curating a shelf like the one pictured above from Of Iron and Oak with a whole winter to read? I might read a fair amount sometimes, but that might take several winters. Between work, the kids, planning a total rebranding of this blog (yes, its true) and going back to school (true as well) I don’t know where I find the time to read, but I make it!
The Art of Doing Stuff
So we would read. So we would walk in the woods. So we would cuddle up against the rattling winds. So we would hibernate like little bears… And don’t forget coffee, copious amounts of coffee!
And maybe its because I am such a true romantic (or perhaps its the time of year) but I will always believe in the truest love. Love like ‘A Man Called Ove’ kind of love or a ‘The Light Between Oceans’ kind of love or a ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ kind of love. And one day, maybe when I’m like a hundred, that love will find me. Until then I read about it, glimpse it out there in this pretty little world and hope not to spin so fast with this little heart of mine.
Life in Grace Blog
The way these shelves are styled within such put-together rooms really makes a difference. You are not just looking at stacks of books, nothing wrong with that approach either, but why not leave things just a little prettier whenever we can. That’s a personal motto I live by. I was about to get rid of the hutch in my kitchen a few months ago, but I restyled it in order to take pictures and I ended up falling in love with it again, and so it stays. It surprised me! But it just goes to show you with a fresh outlook and a little reshuffling you can breathe new life into something.
House and Home
It has been an interesting winter so far, with snaps of brittle cold and weeks of frosty ice fogs that left hoar frost in the trees. Life in a sparkly snow globe. Shaken and settled. So, wherever you are whether its cold or warm why not pull out your favourite books and style a shelf or two. Take some inspiration from these beauties or go wild with it like I did and remove everything to start fresh. Edit. And maybe you’ll find a little treasure you forgot to read or head out to the bookstore to add some new titles to the waiting list. For more book styling ideas check out @mylittlebooktique and @bluestockingbookshelf on Instagram, they each put together fun little vignettes! Happy styling everyone, cozy up and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
December 21st, 2014
As if my love of crowns wasn’t enough people! Now I’m enamoured with the laurel wreath. Of course it is the wreathiest time of the year, so its not out of the question that one might come across a few green specimens to admire. But laurel, oh wow, wait till you see the incarnations I have found. I just love it when things come together. You see, the other night, well a week or more ago, I was watching the Mindy Project, have you seen it? It’s so funny. Mindy made a wreath which she called Wreath Witherspoon as it was covered with magazine cutouts of Reese Witherspoon. So funny. And then I saw the vintage laurel award pictured above…and I fell in love a little. Just a little. Look at it. It is gorgeous.
My Shabby Chic House
And what of the history you ask? Well, the origins of the laurel wreath begin with a tragic love story. Greek God Apollo slighted Eros (later known as cupid) who then shot him with a gold tipped arrow so that he would fall in love with Daphne (a nymph), but sadly Daphne was also shot with an arrow. A lead tipped arrow that repelled love. She spent her life running from Apollo until her father turned her into a tree. A laurel of course. So laurel became the symbol of the devastated God. And he often wore it in his hair and bestowed it upon the victors at sporting events etc. Which is why it is used as a symbol of victory.
He and I
And today we incorporate it into our Christmas decor in the form of green wreaths and greeting cards and chalkboard-style printables. The joyful printable pictured above can be printed free of charge if you follow the link. Ok, so new goal: win something so that I am awarded a vintage French laurel wreath award. Now what must I do to win one?
Why keep it strictly for the holidays? Let’s combine laurel wreaths with jewelry and see what happens. Well you knew what was coming, didn’t you? Irresistible beauties. If you don’t want to decorate with it, you could always wear it. A ring? A necklace? Oh my!
Bloomingdales, Scout Mob, White Bird Jewelry
Another interesting fact, many tiaras and crowns have a laurel detail about them. I swear I was a queen in a past life! Happy holidays readers and friends. Be good to one another and may all your wishes come true in the new year and beyond! XOXOXO
November 12th, 2012
November can be a tricky month, sandwiched between holidays as it is, especially when you take on Nanowrimo, which yours truly decided to do this year. What is Nanowrimo? National novel writing month! You have thirty days to churn out a 50,000 word novel. I know right! Craaazy! I did it in 2007, completed it, and thought hey, what with how busy I am surely I can write an additional 1700 words per day.
I must say it is worth it. The catharsis involved in pure creative writing is bliss. I am tempted to throw a chapter down here, but the story is so young and I wouldn’t want to frighten it. Soon enough, a glimpse will land here. I promise! Until then, how awesome is this library? As a kid, libraries were one of my favourite places, I have strong memories of many school libraries (we moved alot!) and often feel nostalgia when I think about them. There is just something so wonderful about a room devoted to books.
What I love About this Library:
- Bright light
- Red accents
- You can hide it if you close the curtains
- The curtains and accessories could be changed for a different colour scheme
Tips for Creating your Own Children’s Library:
- If your child loves a certain type of books you could determine a colour scheme
- Bring in blankets to soften the room and different types of lighting so the library can be used effectively at different times of day. You will want softer lighting for bedtime reading
- Use some shelving for display of new or favourite reads
- for visual interest try stacking some books vertically and some horizontally
I would forgo the island area and add a dozen colourful pillows, the room could be used for awesome pillow forts and reading time. What would you add to your version of a children’s library?
October 9th, 2012
Image via House Beautiful
When it comes to thankfulness of course, of course, the first on the list are my two beautiful boys, followed by family and friends and light and love and hope and beauty. After the biggies I started thinking, and looking at my life and what I hold dear. Anyone who knows me knows books are stacked in every corner of my life, so it only seems natural to pay homage to the books in my life and give you a little bookshelf love!
Image via Pinterest
There are a zillion ways to arrange your books—vertical, horizontal, alphabetical, colour coded and more. I tend to arrange mine in groupings of favourites. Favourite authors and favourite books. The rest get randomly shelved together according to height. No matter your method, a bookshelf is a personal display of the literature and stories you contemplate and reflect upon. I love having my books cozied around me. Each book on the shelf holds the memory of the story. Like that of a photograph.
Image via The Art of Doing Stuff
Whether you choose to build the bookshelf right into your space and make it part of the room’s structure or choose a freestanding shelf, many options are available. Let the book spines shine or paint the interior of the shelf with a jolting shock of colour. You can also wallpaper the inside of the shelf for another look.
Image via Pinterest
How unexpected the peekaboo pop of pink is, but I love it! Don’t you?
Image via Pinterest
What living space couldn’t use a little bookshelf love? I know I dream of built-ins to house my collection of novels. One day. Dream house. Until then, I remain ever thankful for the books in my life amongst other things!
August 7th, 2012
Moon Faces Via Etsy
I just love Etsy, where else can you find something to satisfy your literary and shiny pretty thing urges at the exact same time? Alice in Wonderland has always been a favourite tale of mine and Alice Through the Looking Glass is second to it. Wouldn’t you love to step through a glass into a magical world of wonder? I know I would, especially wearing one of these! This collection of Alice through the looking glass baubles vary in format, but they all have a whimsical, playful quality.
And if you need your decor fix too, check out Alice in Wonderland inspired decor. Or, you can check out Alice in Wonderland themed restaurants right here.
Images By the Book Via Etsy
The Bijou Babe Via Etsy
That Old Blue House 2 Via Etsy
Meanglean Via Etsy
Faeried Treasures Via Etsy
April 12th, 2012
Bookplates combine three of my favourite things: books, art and DIY crafts. How many times have you lent out a book to never have it returned? Gently remind friends and family to return your precious reads with the use of quirky bookplates. Whether you make your own, or purchase some, many options are available like these super sweet ones I found on Etsy at Alice Cantrell’s shop. Alice Cantrell’s bookplates are whimsically designed with images like seedlings, bugs and vintage cookware.
Bookplates make a great gift for yourself or for someone else! Alice Cantrell’s designs are hand drawn images you can download and print yourself. Alter the look of the end product by printing the ink drawings on coloured paper or stick to a neutral white, beige or gray for the watercolour versions. Then all you have to do is add your name, and cut and paste them into your books using archival glue for preservation. Leave the book open to allow the glue to dry completely before you close the book.
If you want to gift them to someone else, start with a decorative box, add a small bottle of glue with an applicator brush, the bookplates and a nice archival pen. Finish it with a sheet of coloured tissue paper and a ribbon to wrap around the box and you have a lovely hostess gift or housewarming gift or a gift to add a little cheer to someones not-so-great day!
The cookery set would be darling for cookbooks and the bee prints and seedling plates are perfect for gardening books and fiction of all kinds. In addition to the bookplates at Alice Cantrell’s you can also find posters, banners, stationary and note cards all created in the same style or visit her website here. Some images are black and white and others are watercolour. Have you ever used bookplates to keep track of your library?