Not all makeovers need to be as in depth as refinishing furniture, painting a room, or moving furniture around. A simple switch of accessories and books can instantly transform a focal point in a space. I did just that while dusting  and cleaning the house on Saturday. As an effort to try an control clutter around the house, I had originally pulled all books and magazines together in our home office. Lately, I've been using some more as stacks around the house...

Dining room buffet

Side tables in the living space.

Ottoman / coffee table in living space
with two of three fave Kelly Hoppen books.

Books stacked with textured wooden box (hiding Sephora's toys)
on $30 thrift store buffet in living space (at salon styled wall).

So over the weekend I pulled the stacks together, along with keeping on display some of our sea-inspired trinkets from our travels and some photos (After-all - it is still 100 degrees and summertime in Florida!). To lighten up some of the mix and add texture, I added in some wooden trays and bamboo chargers (leaning within the bottom shelf) as well as added two extra shelves back into the unit...

Books of importance on display and tell a story...
Design, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Italy,
 and "never letting anything steal my JOY" - books from Joel Osteen.

Shells we gathered in Marco and Sanibel Island.
Trays worked well to help contain magazines.

Coral from key largo, bamboo charger from Ikea.
The books with a binding not matching decor
(like in red or yellow) I flipped the jackets to have
them covered in white, and still work with the composition.

Key West conch, thrift store cylinder, Habitat for Humanity frames - 
which are neutral enough to transition into fall.
I have some photos of us up in DC during autumn that should work...
Glass container fillers can easily be switched out
for stones, black sand, and acorns.

Magazines in trays fit well on added shelf and are
easily accessible while sipping wine on a rainy afternoon
or sharing TV time with the hubs...

Wicker chair adds to the texture in the space.

The way the unit was set up before was coming across as merchandised to some, but it was also a nod to the style of one of my favorite interior designers - Kelly Hoppen. Her style, although it can be eclectic, is very clean and modern. Her signature is repeating items and pulling together objects in multiples. My husband and I are happy with this simple update. Jeff LOVES his flat screen, and I LOVE books - together on our Ikea TV unit, they make a good marriage (kinda like us!).

More personalized book styling and shelf displays.

Unit last fall 2009. White vases are now able to get used upstairs
in the office, and refresh those shelves as well (upcoming post).

I did pack-up the blue & white and started to neutralize the space for Fall. No pumpkins out yet - that will be in September. Still feels too early to go fall in August (although retailers already have Halloween & Thanksgiving set).

I can already sense the days daylight getting shorter... so fall is just around the corner! Now is a good time to stock-up on black candles and harvest scents for the home before they are sold out and replaced with Christmas!

 Thanks for stopping by...


  1. Love the vignettes! If you have a wicker chair there now.....where is *my* chair? You could ship it to me if you would like! LOL :)

    Love the added texture of the jute (if that's what it is) inside the frame!

  2. Thanks Jill! I carried the wicker chair downstairs - which means 'your' chair is upstairs - lol. You're too funny. I'm actually wanting to refinish this chair in a distressed finish before bringing back upstairs (probably in something gray).

    Thanks for stopping by!
    :D Lynda

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words on my craft fail post. I LOVE your style and have a serious case of "grown up house" envy. And your books? I want to read each and every one, and possibly borrow a couple. I'll have to follow you now. Have to.

  4. You have a beautiful home and a natural talent for decorating. I love all of your vignettes - so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! :)


  5. Oh I am so thrilled to find your blog, great posts and gorgeous rooms full of fabulous eye candy and inspiration. Your books look fabulous and the changes are wonderful. I love books too and I also read Joel. He is so uplifting. The entertainment center looks fabulous. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. Just beautiful my the fire on the Tv...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  7. Beautiful vignettes, loved the way you used the books.

  8. Looks great Lynda! So glad to see you getting in the mix of the parties...will bring you some new followers who are so missing out on all your talent. I just voted for your board too.

  9. Lovely as always. I love the clean look of the pictures with books and vases. I always say it and it is true... you have a gift! I love Fall, but just can't get into it yet with it being so hot still!!!

  10. Great job. Your home is beautiful. I love all your clean and simple vignettes.

  11. Lynda, I always love your photographs- they are so interesting! Your vignettes are wonderful too!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  12. Hi Lynda...

    It all looks marvelous, my friend! I love decorating with books...they just bring that warm and cozy, lived-in look! Nothing can quite do that like a pretty stack of books! Which, by the way, you have some great reading there! Your home is beautiful, Lynda!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  13. Ann - You're very welcome & you're a sweetheart! Thanks for stopping back by and for the new follow!

    Roeshel - Honored to have you visit! Thank you so much for visiting, and as busy as you must be - taking the time to comment!!

    Marty - You're very welcome! Thanks for hosting - and thanks to DebbieDoos for inspiring me to link-up at the parties!

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment fellow book & decor lovers Sandy, Gloria, Jemsmom, Mona, Pam, Chari, Kaysi!!

    It's been great meeting all of you!

    :D Lynda

  14. LOVE THIS!!! I'm a nut for books. They make the perfect pedistals, and you know I've been in love with your home and ability since RMS! Thanks so much for linking up this week! I hope you link up again and again, ... and again! :) Thanks so much! Artie.

  15. I love the idea of turning the jackets inside out!!! Why didn't i think of that? duh. Beautiful home.

  16. Thanks for stopping by Artie and Marlis! Loving your Vignette Friday parties Artie! Thanks Marlis - I wanted white and this route of flipping was a heck of a lot quicker to do!

    :D Lynda

  17. love your photo frames in particular and how you've put it all together.

    thanks for the contribution to the linky party:

    every wednesday we'll be ont he look out for new great diy tutorials, ideas, patterns, templates and tips.

  18. I just started a bookshelf styling project. This post is going to be so helpful!

  19. I realize it's been a few years since you've purchased the unit, but I gotta ask, what IKEA style is the TV unit? I'm looking for something similar for new space. Any guidance would be great!



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