They say eyes are the window to the souls, but we could also attribute that adage to bookshelves. They’ve become our modern-day altar to display the stories, accessories, and memories that fuel our lives.
So: no pressure, right? To make this spot in your home represent you, while still looking great? Fear not. We’ve called in the big guns. Nate, Lauren, and Sasha are sharing some of their best advice for organizing and curating your bookshelves.
SASHA SAYS: Choose your organizing adventure
“Some organization is key, whether that means sorting books by color or size. You want them to have some order on the shelves and some breathing room – don’t just stack them on the shelves haphazardly! You can also mix in some objects such as bookends, picture frames, and baskets to break it up and make it more personal.”
NATE SAYS: Edit, edit, edit.
“I’ve been in this business for 21 years. So when we moved into our new home, and I took a crack at the bookshelves… Jeremiah then took a pass. Then back to me. Then him. This process is trial and error! You need an afternoon to really pay attention. A bookshelf is something you’ll wind up staring at a lot, so you should love every single aspect. Love a photo you have on display but not the frame? Swap it.”
LAUREN SAYS: Let it be a process
“In most cases, less is more. Mix in stacks of your books with a favorite sculptural piece, live with it, and then come back after a couple of days. I’m so inspired by Axel Vervoordt in this regard – he embraces natural elements, and puts together objects with meaning. Which is exactly what you want your bookshelf to get across.”
Lead photo of Barri Leiner Grant’s home photographed by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter; Los Angeles home photographed by Roger Davies; Chicago home photographed by Bob Coscarelli for Chicago Home + Garden