One of the features that sold my husband, JJ and I on buying our home is this beautiful, wood paneled library off of our master bedroom. Our house was built in the 80’s and, of course, the wood paneling was that attractive oak color (clearly, I’m being facetious), but we put some love (and money) into it and had it painted a pretty light cream color and it has done wonders to the room. What was once dark and cave-like is now light, open, and spacious!
The library has these perfect built-in book shelves, which I have so enjoyed decorating since redoing the space. Since the room is apart of our ‘master suite’ I wanted to make sure to incorporate elements that both my husband and myself would enjoy – nothing too masculine or feminine! I dressed up the shelves with pictures of our two sweethearts Madeline and Olivia (similar style of frames here, here, and here), a picture with our family from our wedding day, and an engagement photo of us in a silver beaded Mariposa frame. A faux lavender plant (similar here) and a glass and twine bottle vase (similar item here), a studded “B” for our last name (similar here), and a lovely smelling lavender and herb candle also take their place on the shelves.
Lastly, I incorporated a rosary, where the beads were made from the roses from JJ’s late Nanna’s funeral. It’s loosely placed on the corner of our engagement photo. I love rosaries and integrating them throughout our home; they each tell a special story and always bring me peace when I’m needing it.
When decorating shelves, I feel it’s important to use furnishings of different heights and textures that each serve a different purpose. Adding sentimental objects like your grandmother’s favorite rosary or your grandfather’s cherished pocket watch give your unique space that extra, personal touch.