Today was a fulfilling day of filling bookshelves starved for attention. Here were built-in bookcases put in by the client, but sorely underutilized for their purpose in life! My homework for the clients was to corral all things of interest. There was no dearth of great hardbound books, what with both clients being teachers.
When I asked the client if she happened to have any rocks, to my amazement, she showed me several nice specimens from her grandmother - a real treasure trove! There were also some fabulous ashtrays from the 50's.
Leather bound books were rescued from the basement, and curious objects that hadn't seen the light of day in years were dusted and washed. There wasn't a single thing purchased to make these shelves come to life!
After - left side
There are no rules really in regards to bookshelves; each instance may present varying factors to consider. Here, I chose to intersperse the books with the clients' personal possessions, instead of wall to wall books. As I was taught by a librarian, the books are brought flush with the front of the shelves.
After - right side
The now smiling shelves are ready to welcome the new furnishings yet to arrive. A fresh spring look for dear old friends!