Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Bookshelf is Not Just for Books!

Hello friends. I decided to squeeze in time for a post this evening...even though I really should be working on things for school. I need this's a release for me to type up a post and share my life. Remember when I shared my new built in bookcase? I believe it was in that post that I mentioned sharing close-up photos of each shelf. So, here I am on this lovely evening to do just that.

Forgive the poor quality was night time when I took these and it is hard to get a good angle of some shelves due to the new chandelier hanging in there.  Some of the shelves hold more than others, but I love them all. They hold some special memories. 

These are the upper right hand side shelves. The top one holds some children's books that belonged to my kids when they were little. My bronzed baby booties sit on top of a stack of Disney classics. The second shelf holds many novels as well as a photo of my family at my daughter's graduation from Florida State University a couple of years ago. The flag frame holds a photo of Dakota and I on his 5th grade Safety Patrol trip to Washington DC. A replica of the Washington Monument bought on that trip stands beside it.

The third and fourth shelf on the right side hold a variety of things. The top one in the photo below holds more novels, a piece of stone purchased at the Smithsonian Museum in DC, a pewter horse head bookend, a jar filled with stones collected on my trip to Utah several years ago. My mom and dad bought the stone vase and red rock arch back to me from one of their trips out west. The leaf is one my Aunt Loretta brought back from Europe. This little vignette is done around my western books.  The shelf below holds my armillary and a pewter family tree with small frames filled with pictures of my kids. It also holds my favorite authors...Charles Martin and Nicholas Sparks!

The bottom shelf holds even more children's books and Dakota's bronzed baby booties...:)

This is the middle, bottom shelf. It holds a vintage globe, a jar of marbles, my Galileo thermometer, and a vintage ink well.

The two shelves above it hold my classics, and my Christian books. My alabaster doves sit on top of my classics. A framed photo of my Granny Willie Mae and Grandpa sit on the same shelf. My husband's grandpa's watch is encased beneath a dome and a glass apple with NYC inside sits beside a picture of Miranda and I on our trip to NYC when she was younger. We went with her Girl Scout troop...such fun! The little wooden box has leaves hand-painted on it by Miranda when she was little. 

Above that one is my angel, and a large plate with my favorite scripture on it. Miranda bought this for my office the year I took on the role of guidance counselor at my school.

More kid's books and my galvanized orb on the top, left shelf. My little gold leafy tree sits atop a stack of books. The cube with the 4 and 5 on it is new...just bought it at Tuesday Morning over the weekend.

The next two hold a frame with baby photos of the hubby and I, lots more books, and my A to Z bookends that my parents bought me when I graduated college. Love them! A garnet and gold jeweled frame holds a picture of my daughter sitting on lawn at FSU.

And here is the same daughter as a pudgy 3-month old baby wearing the same booties that are bronzed. So sweet. 

Well, that's the tour. I'm sure a few little things will change with the seasons. I look forward to decorating them for the upcoming holidays as well. Prayers for a safe and beautiful end of the week my friends. 

Until next time.....


  1. I love it that all your shelf decor has such special meaning and memories, they look great!


  2. Great vignettes...your talent for arranging is so evident in these bookcases!

  3. Your vignettes are wonderful! I like how you styled them while incorporating memories. And you're a guidance counselor ... wow! You definitely have a plate full! It must be rewarding though. Have a great day!

  4. Hi Vicky, each one of your book shelves look so nice and decorated real pretty. So organized and neat. I really have to fix up the dining room shelves too! Take care and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

  5. I love your bookshelves, sweet friend. In fact, when I first saw them I noticed how you didn't have all of your books like a "normal" bookshelf and you inspired me to change up my shelves - yes, you really did :) You made me think outside of the box.

    Enjoy the upcoming weekend, dear Vicky! Love and hugs to you!

  6. Isn't that the truth! Yours are filled with great stuff. My fav bookcase is the one I have filled with vintage tablecloths. :)

  7. Every shelf is filled with lovely items that reflect a beautiful family. I love it Vicky. Thanks for sharing!

  8. You have such a way with bringing personal touches into your decor. I love the way you have styled the bookshelf with memories from your family's life. So special.

  9. Lovely and very personal Vicky! My next post is about shelves too! Have a great weekend!

  10. I love how you have such sweet mementos and memories displayed. I think I had a little gold leaf tree sometime once upon a time. I don't know what happened to it. Fell victim to one of the moves, I'm sure. Hope you have a good weekend too.

  11. So nice to see all of your shelves with the special pieces/memories. I have a wall of book cases too....redid them several years ago but it needs to be done again....but it's going to have to wait. Have a great weekend!

  12. You did such a great job of displaying all your family treasures. Those bronzed baby booties are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Love the mixture of treasures and books... beautiful.


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