Who needs bookends?


Anthony put up shelves when we moved in to save space and we never got around to getting bookends… We only have two, but had much more than one shelf. I kind of got creative in the meantime and it hasn’t been an issue since. Stacking books on the ends has given me room to add some decor and interest to the shelves with that flat surface. I like adding candles and frames into the mix to make it more interesting.

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The framed painting is actually a card that my dad made. He painted the front and folded the watercolor paper and made the card himself. Amazing.


I like the idea of using thrifted/found objects as bookends, too. If you are like me and think that bookends on Amazon are either too expensive or too ugly, try using something like this tea pot or vintage cookie tin and putting rocks or something to weigh it down inside.

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It makes your shelves more interesting and can add a splash of color – or even serve as a vase! When I have fresh flowers, I put a plastic cup over the rocks inside the cookie tin, cut the flowers super short, and voilà!

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We have even gone so far as to use this random megaphone that we inherited from Anthony’s old place (who knows where it came from) as a bookend too! I guess we’re not afraid of our place showing some of our personality.


The last thing that I love about our shelves is the color. I decided one day to do as Pinners do and group all my books by color to give a rainbow effect – and I absolutely love it. It makes me feel like it is styled and purposeful – not just a bunch of random books thrown together in one place.


I love that it is such a focal point in our place, and I am so proud of Anthony for doing all the leveling and drilling… I only had to pick out the brackets and paint the shelves!


Do you have any styling tips for shelves and surfaces? What is your favorite focal point in your place?



3 Comments on Bookshelf Styling

  1. Mary
    April 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I love that Alina asked you for a cracker lol

    • Stephanie
      April 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Hahaha ya that was an unexpected problem! Try explaining to a 2 year old that there are actually NOT any crackers in there… :)

  2. Janet
    April 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the idea of this, I lean towards the “unmatched” as well. I use books stacked vertically, unexpected objects as book ends. I am going to try your idea of grouping books by color rather than title or author.


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