Deep Red: Warm and Cozy

My thoughts turn to deep reds around this time of the year. I guess its quite natural because its holiday season around the world and everything I look at for inspiration these days has a touch of deep reds in it. It feels so cozy and warm to see these cheerful ideas and decorations in homes.

Inspiring ideas for holidays in red

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Here are just a few random ideas that can be used to bring in the cheer of red in tiny bits. Not too much… in fact just about enough to brighten up the space looking simple yet happy. Its the kind where you create a wow effect with little things and then just sit back and admire in gratitude.

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Lovely Garlands and Wreaths

Garlands and wreaths have always been a huge part of celebrations and decorations and wow, how creative people get with them that they just make you forget to blink! Its holiday season in half of the world and Christmas is just around the corner – people have started to prepare for it already and the magazines and blogs are flooded with creative ideas and recipes, just like they do every year.

Inspiring ideas for holidays and christmas decorating

Better Homes and Gardens

Its so overwhelming to see people celebrate and be merry coming up with all the beautiful ideas that they wholeheartedly share with the world where thousands of people draw inspiration and motivation from them; filling their homes and lives with beautiful things and exchange gifts and presents. Its such an amazing connection between those who share and those who benefit from all of it. Its like a beautiful love and gratitude relationship…

Inspiring ideas for holidays and christmas decorating

Martha Stewart

I always love to see these things from a non-cultural and non-religious eye because even if there is no occasion, they still inspire us in so many ways to spark our own creative instincts that brings about even more ideas.

Here are a few ideas that caught my eye lately, making an appearance here…

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Curtains; Plain or Printed

I was planning on changing my room’s color scheme lately and as I was browsing through Pinterest for ideas and inspiration; it was the curtains that caught me thinking – plain or printed, again? Yes, I’ve always had printed curtains in my room. They’ve done a really good job with the schemes I had so far, but its time to try something new this time.

White curtains in bedroom

Honey We’re Home

Plain curtains in a white shade are what I’ve been looking at these past days. They control the amount of light entering the room really well while keeping the privacy because I can’t stay in a space with low natural light for long, it haunts me…

White curtains in bedroom

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They go with the wall color perfectly and the best thing is that they make the room look a little spacious – and this is what I’m looking for right now. I feel so inspired by the calm and sophisticated look they create in a room, and it really doesn’t matter about the height of curtains either – that’s a relief.

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Color: A Mystery to Fall in Love With

Color is a mystery; as beautiful as anything could be. The more we learn about color, the more it unfolds, and the more it becomes interestingly complicated – hence, another mystery.

Tone-on-tone decorating

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As I spent the weekend reading about color and its basics, I fell in love with decorating using tone-on-tone color. Imagine how interesting it would be to decorate with different shades of just one when you have hundreds to choose from. When on one side, creating palettes with two or more colors could be fun, playing around with shades of just one color is even more interesting.

Its a little tricky to decide if you could just go with tone-on-tone color in a space or not, because if at all it turns out to be wrong (!), the space could become as boring as anything could be. But yet again, if done rightly, imagine how gorgeous that space would look – as gorgeous as anything could be.

Tone-on-tone decorating

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Knowing that, I have tone-on-tone color on my mind right now, and I wonder if I could just figure out a few tips to decorate like that in a few days to come…

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Decorating with Bird Prints

Weeks ago, a beautiful trend came to my notice and it stayed somewhere in the back of my mind and kept coming back to surface time and again. Still think of it and smile — having pretty bird prints on the walls and around the house!

Bird Prints

Country Living

Nature always inspires me both in new and unique + traditional and old fashioned ways. It could only be a bunch of flowers in a living room! Just the other day, I was reading somewhere that designers’ works are becoming more and more inspired by natural elements – textures, colors, themes; they are working to blend, in the most beautiful ways, the beauty and calmness of the outside with the comfort and arrangement of the inside.

Every other home that we see in the magazines has been decorated with cool colors, floral fabrics, flower arrangements and houseplants. And not to mention, those patios, porches and balconies designed with comfy furniture and pretty floral fabrics – one could sit there all day with a book.

Having beautiful paintings and prints of birds and botanicals can be such a beautiful note to show your love and affection for the nature.

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Decorating the Bookcase – Fun with Styling

I have to admit – it always scared me that I might do the styling the wrong way, but as I started to understand the whole story telling fun part about decorating bookcases, it all started becoming more than a mere pleasure.

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

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Knowing the basics about styling and having a few pro tips at hand is always the best thing to do but nevertheless, doing entirely your own thing is even better. Its like giving yourself some space and a little freedom to your mind to think and imagine the way you want to do it. Just go ahead – create your own story; and then tell it!

However, I thought it would be good enough to list out a few old-school tips of styling. Though they have been tried and tested like a zillion times but then again, going back to the basics still helps if you want to go your own way, be creative and think out of the box. Because this whole decorating and styling a bookcase is more like a chess game – its totally different every time you play it because everyone has a different selection of books, different kind of taste in accessories, different style of putting things together and – an entirely different story to share!

Arrange the books – in a evenly scattered manner, placed both vertically and horizontally across the bookcase. Mix them up using a few horizontal ones as bookends for vertical ones.

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

Chic and Glamorous

Select the best pieces in accessories – that are closer to your heart. That have inspired you in any way or have a sweet memory attached to them. Arrange them individually or in small groups across the whole shelf. Take some time to arrange them in a way that looks the best and means the most to you.

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

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Create small groups – of books or accessories or artwork at different visual angles across the whole bookcase. For instance, a few books with pretty spines to the left on the top shelve can interest your eye to move to the right in the middle shelve to some artwork of the same color maybe.

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

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Mix up the elements – adding things from different beautiful elements of nature that we have around us; a little wooden box, a glass vase, a handmade ceramic piece with great visual texture. Create interest in the whole look by adding things of different color, texture, size and make and mix them up till they look fine from a distance.

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

Better Homes and Gardens

Pop up some colors – if you may; for they will work as that unexpected fun character that shows up out of nowhere and gives a new interesting turn to the story!

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

Chic and Glamorous

Keep a balance – in what you put in there. A lot of books (though they meant to be there) or a lot of accessories of the same kind will lose the charm of a complete balanced arrangement. Don’t over stuff every thing with a lot of things; instead leave some vacant spaces visual breathing.

Put a new life in it – by adding a couple of great photographs that make you smile every time you look at them and not to mention a cute little houseplant or a vase of flowers can make every thing look happier and prettier. Even a quote; I dare say, can be as alive as anything if it brings a smile on your face or gives your thoughts some food for a while…

Bookcase styling tips and ideas

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Be happy – with what you’ve done! There is nothing like being happy with what you’ve learnt along the way and what great ideas and imaginations are coming to you. There is no limit to how beautifully and artistically you can arrange your bookshelves again and again. They are a perfect reflection of your taste and life, and can be designed with love as many times as you want.

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Decorating the Bookcase – Adding the Accessories

This is where the actual fun part begins! Adding one’s favorite collectibles to the bookcase that already houses the best pieces in writing, arranging them to perfection, layer them to finest details; and then love the whole arrangement to your heart’s content!

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Decorating is a great way to show who you truly are – deep down in your heart. And when it comes down to decorating a bookcase; its even more than that. Because a person’s taste in books and literature are a true interpretation of their life and interests; of who they are – and how deep they are as a person… even so that a taste in books shows how visual and imaginative they are!

Bookcase accessories

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Bookcase accessories

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Accessories add beauty and details to the whole thing. I love that part. It becomes so very inspiring to arrange them creating visual stories using their color, texture, size and the best thing is a reminder of all those amazing moments that these collectibles were inspired by.

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Decorating the Bookcase – Arranging the Books

What else would it be – its a bookcase after all. There ought to be a lot of books in there, right? The ones that are most loved, read again and again and most referred to. And how lovely they look being arranged in a pretty shelf and styled with the most amazing things collected over the years; and the details!

I once read somewhere that a home without books is like a body without soul. How true, indeed. They are surely a person’s best friend. Telling stories, creating images and developing an understanding of day to day things that go about in our surroundings. It is always so wonderful to listen to someone else’s words, their thoughts, their views, their perceptions and interpretations, and above all, seeing the world from their eyes and reading through their minds – making similarities and comparisons in theirs and our own…

How to arrange books in a bookcase

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The ones who love books usually do have a lot of them in their home, hidden away somewhere safely. So, there could be a fair chance of making a selection of which books to be displayed and which ones should wait for their turn. It could be a fun practice to change your selection from time to time for it will be an equal enjoyment for your friends in admiring your taste.

How to arrange books in a bookcase

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It’s important to “leave room for other characters to come into play” — most obviously, when you’re arranging your books. So, they should be arranged in a way so as to leave room for accessories and styling, of course because these accessories and artwork actually work as the main + supporting characters of the whole story who drop in to fill in the details!

I always find it wonderful and easy to group the favorite ones on basis of genre. It makes each book so very accessible. My favorite bookstores that I visit often have organized their books that way. So, I instantly single out the spot that I want to go to find a book. And I love to organize a bookcase same way as well.

How to arrange books in a bookcase

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That being said, when it comes to arrangement; I believe the books should be placed in an evenly scattered manner along the whole bookcase. Like a few books in every shelf placed both vertically and horizontally to give more visual interest. And that could be as interesting as arranging artwork, one can go on and on until it looks fine to the eye.

How to arrange books in a bookcase

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Color also plays its part and it even becomes more alive when accessories join in too. So, it could also be taken into account when deciding on which books are displayed. Though, it is only the words that matter the most, book covers could also do their job in making a bookcase look more graceful and happier.

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