It's all in the details...
Focusing on the details when finalizing a space is everything. Dressing up your bookshelves, creating a special vignette with a treasured collection, or personalizing a gallery wall with relics from your own childhood are all elements that make your space unique.
When creating a vignette, always consider layering your pieces and objects in order to give your display visual depth and interest. And when you can afford to do so, include fresh flowers!
Playing with the height and sizes of the items you're displaying is a must. Here, we have the graphic wallpaper in white and blue, a colorful book cover, smaller books stacked in order to prop up one of the lamps, and two different sized Buddhas... Every chosen object plays a role in this display, some more subtle than others, but all of equal importance.
Who knew books weren't just for reading! Yes, I have been guilty of buying books regardless of their content or subject... Sometimes I'm drawn into a book because of the color or detail of its cover. I particularly enjoy using vintage hard cover books for their uniqueness, enhancing any vignette or bookshelves. You can usually find a wide selection of vintage treasures at second hand stores for about 1$ to 3$ a book, depending on the size. Just as I would with any other element of a display, I like to layer my books and stack them horizontally or vertically. Stacking them horizontally allows me to prop up an item or a small collection that I want to further showcase. Once I've selected all my books, frames, and decorative objects, I take the time to group and organize them by color, size or subject. So the next time you hit that bookstore, do judge a book by its cover.