Tessie Fay

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I'm Tessie. I'm an artist and surface pattern designer living in Minnesota.

Built-In Bookshelf Decorating Ideas

Built-In Bookshelf Decorating Ideas

Well hello there! I know I have been a bit sporadic with the blogging lately, but since returning from Alt Summit (blogging conference) I have a renewed desire and enthusiasm to make my little corner of blogland the absolute best it can be! My first goal is to be more consistent with my post frequency. My goal is to post every Friday so that you can have a little weekend reading :) Also, I would love to hear from YOU! Leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know what you would like to see more of here on the blog.

Now onto more exciting things... One of my favorite spaces in my home, the built-in bookshelves!

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

These built-ins sit proudly in our main living room on either side of our fireplace. The cupboards below are stuffed with our family's vast collection of board games and the shelves above are filled with pretty books and favorite treasures.

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

My favorite part about these shelves is the cohesive color pallet. I always see beautifully styled shelves in magazines, but honestly who has that many pretty books??

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

Since most of our books are quite ugly and I wanted a cohesive color pallet, I decided to cover our books with colored wrapping paper from Paper Source. 

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

I wanted our built-ins to be light and airy but all those black books were really cramping my style. I love the difference the lighter colors make.

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.
Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

I wanted to make sure the books were usable, so having their titles on the outside was important.

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

I used my Epson label maker to print the titles onto each book. The trick is making sure you use clear printing tape so that the color of the book can shine through. I seriously love this label maker! It is simple to use and prints nicely for the price. So far I have labeled all the bins in my panty, the kids toy bins, all the craft supplies and lots of file folders.

Epson Label Maker and rolls of paper from Paper Source. These tools are perfect for recovering books when styling a bookcase.

Just make sure if you get one for yourself that you also get an extra tape cartridge(clear) because you will love it and you'll be sad when you run out of tape!

To cover all the books I used this lovely paper from Paper Source. I covered them just like I did in Jr. high... remember those paper bag covered books? I didn't do a tutorial on how to cover the books but if anyone is interested, I would be happy to whip one up.

Beautiful wrapping paper from papersource.com. Perfect for wrapping presents or covering books for a pretty bookshelf.

Now that the books are all wrapped up and looking fabulous, all that's left is to fill the empty spaces with your favorite treasures. A few of my favorites include my golden piggie from CB2, my teacups, pictures of my family and my growing collection of ruffled bowls (read all about the ruffled bowls here).

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.
Beautiful vintage ruffled bowl.

A lovely little area to display beautiful books and lots of little treasures!

Built in bookshelf decorating ideas. Style a bookshelf with a cohesive color pallet by covering books with pretty paper. Add some glass objects and small frames to round out the design.

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