Styling My New Ikea Bookshelf!


Happy Monday friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Steven and I have really been enjoying eating out on the weekends again especially with the awesome weather we have been having! On Sunday, we drove up to Frederick to shop for antiques and Steven is actually fixing up my parent's old record player so we bought a few albums at this really cool store there.

In other news, the other rooms of our house are really starting to come together! There are definitely decorative touches we want to add to each room as we go but I feel like a huge bulk of it is complete! With my office, I knew that I wanted to have some kind of bookshelf and while we were shopping at Ikea for our little movie room, I stumbled upon this guy. This bookshelf is called the Liatorp and I LOVE the faux shiplap detailing and the cream color. We also want to eventually add little puck lights to some of the shelves. 

Just a few quick tips I found helpful for styling!

1.) Remove the book jackets/covers of your hardback books and it will look much more cohesive. As I was removing the jackets I noticed a lot of my books were blue or black and I tried to group those ones together. Since our whole house has a ton of blue throughout, I really wanted to focus on displaying the blue books. I also found it really neat that most of my crime/thriller books had a black and white cover so I grouped those together!

2.) Take photos as you're putting everything together and I actually drew on the photo on my iPhone to see what might look good in certain places/where I needed more or less height/texture/etc.

3.) Plants! Plants really tie everything together for me. I have found that to be true while decorating our entire house. Adding plants (as long as you have the appropriate lighting) really gives the room so much life and color.

4.) Stack books in different orientations (horizontal, vertical). I also added some books to baskets and let some stand on their own to keep it from looking cluttered!

5.) This one is obvious but Pinterest was incredibly helpful for inspo!


  1. I love how you styled it! We have a couple IKEA items on our wishlist for the house but my gosh if everything isn't sold out here!! Might have to pivot and makes another choice!! We have a bookshelf from there in our room and it's so great! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. LOVE this! I never thought to remove the book jackets, and when you do it's always surprising how pretty the book itself is as well sans jacket <3

    Green Fashionista

  3. I love IKEA- you really can find some super chic, functional furniture pieces that look amazing!
    This bookshelf is a total score!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. Oh it really does look like things are coming together! And lucky you with the nice weather, it has been raining or overcast almost every weekend here and I have off 2 weeks in July and so far it is been over cast the majority of the days ugh.

    Allie of

  5. Kelly, your new bookcase looks amazing! I love how the all the colors came together for you in such a serendipitous way. It is a lovely display!


  6. That's nice bookshelf you got. Planning to buy one for my office space at Clifton park, it would look perfect! thank you for this. Now I have an Idea.


  7. I love this and now want to add a bookshelf too and style it in new ways! Also, I think we have a similar reading list. :) Hope you are having a great week.

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