Decorating / DIY

DECOR: A Coastal Bookcase

Spoiler alert and best news of all, this post features nothing fall or orange :).  Fear not, I’ll be back with a few new fall finds next time!  I have a few of those still looming around in my lil noggin, don’t you worry!

On with today.  My name is Bianca … and I’m a serial decorator.  You see, nothing is safe.  I shop and shuffle my decor constantly.  A lamp in a bedroom yesterday may wind up on my office desk tomorrow.  An oil painting in my stairwell may wind up in the master bath … well, now.  Yes, sadly if we are all being honest here among friends, both of these just happened.  Over the course of the past few months, most every room in the house has had a makeover.    I’m currently so smitten with the way things look that I had such a hard time moving things around to make room for my (usually celebrated) fall decor.  I’ll be sure to start snapping pics and do a room by room reveal.

For the first time in my history, I sought professional advice (no, not a therapist…) and had the help of the talented designer, Kim Bray of Bella Cosa Designs help me with some of the redecorating efforts in a few rooms in the house.  Check out Kim’s design showroom in Alpharetta, GA called Manoirs; or online here.  She gave our family room (where this bookcase resides) a full overhaul this past summer and as part of it she helped me to re-define this bookcase.

My style is comfortable and best described as transitional.  Once upon a time, it was a bit more traditional but over the course of the past few years (and some serious purging), I’ve relaxed a bit and embraced more casual, coastal and oh so southern vibes in my decor.  Think natural elements, neutral colors and a few surprises along the way.  One example of this new look is the bookcase in my family room.

We have a lovely two story family room that is open and full of natural light.  The walls are all sandy neutral (color perfectly named Southern Sands by Sherwin Williams) and the trim, including this shelf, are crisp white.  This bookcase makes me smile each time I walk by, it just sums up the room in one tight little corner.

coastal decor, oyster shell

I had painted the back of the cabinet chocolate brown a while back.  It works with the new decor so it was safe to stay.  Kim used items I had on hand and supplemented with a few from her showroom.  Those coastal bound books were just perfect and a couldn’t do without find from Manoirs!  The cabinet features a few treasured accessories; an oyster shell topiary that I made, my Alison Evans ceramic platters (introduced by bestie M) that were gifted for Mother’s Day and Christmas last year, antique oyster plates and molds as well as a bronze heron sculpture gifted from my MIL.  The rusted pulley and hour glass were discount finds from two of my faves Home Goods and One King Lane.  The other goods were things I’ve collected and were on hand; including that large shell that I stole …er…. “borrowed’ from Zsa Zsa.

Here’s to coastal decor and transitional design!







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