We recently had the opportunity to work on a wonderful new project. After the completion of a renovation, our client was having difficulty utilizing the built-in shelving in the living area and was unsure of what/how to display items. Whilst we thought our client had done a good job, it’s amazing what a difference small changes can make. So therefore, we thought this would be a great chance to share some tips on how to transform a bookshelf into a feature display. An image of the bookshelf is below.
Our top 10 tips are:
My newly renovated open plan living/kitchen/dining room was being horribly let down by my lack of an ‘eye’ so my ‘feature’ open shelving ended up as a randomly placed hotch potch jumble of things.
No matter how long I looked at magazines and blogs for inspiration or moved things around, I couldn’t see how to make it work. In came Kym Lackmann from LUXE domain, who in just an hour or so, had completely transformed these shelves into a stunning and stylish showpiece, removing only a few things, but adding in precious items that I had long forgotten or that were tucked away elsewhere in the house.
Suddenly things I loved, like my copper tea canister bought on a recent trip to Japan ‘popped’ out from the shelves and my much loved Norma Redpath sculpture that my Father had bought in the 50’s, had a home. Inherited from my Grandmother, my well used bellows, hand carved by Ola Cohn, were now on display instead of hidden in a drawer and an old hunting horn was cleverly teamed with my first horse-riding hat.
Along with a few subtle moves of furniture, that I would never have even considered, has created a totally new look that I love and I can now sit on my couches and enjoy my special pieces rather than cringe every time I look at them.
I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new casual lounge chair in a deep moss green, a light and some cushions to finish the room. I can’t recommend Kym highly enough and it such a tiny investment to make that I am slapping myself I didn’t call her sooner!