Monday, October 7, 2013

Styling a bookcase

I have been looking for the 'perfect' white bookcase for a few months now.  To make a long story short, I could not find one that I was happy with.  I came across this Threshold bookshelf at Target and thought I would give it a shot.  I ended up getting it on sale (I think it was $92 and I used my Target card so I didn't pay shipping) and figured I would try and spruce it up on my own.

The quality of the bookshelf itself is actually really nice, it is well built and much bigger than I thought it was going to be.  Threshold for Target really has been kicking ass lately.  If you haven't checked their furniture/decor stuff out, you should. The best part is that the bookcase is truly white- not cream like lots of things turn out being.  Anyway,  I had bought some grey and white patterned transfer paper from TJ Maxx a while back (it was only $5.99 for two rolls) and I decided to put it to good use for this project. 

I applied the transfer paper to the back of the bookcase before I attached it to the bookcase itself.  It is a little bit tedious, but I realized that a few bubbles really weren't going to be noticeable once I had the shelves filled with things.

I will say this upfront: there is no specific method to getting a bookcase 'styled' correctly.  I have worked/reworked this one at least 5 times in the time that I've had it and I still don't feel like it's perfect. You want to take it one shelf at a time- don't worry about the big picture until you've gotten an idea of what you want on each shelf specifically. This process takes a lot of time/patience and a lot of STUFF!  
Here are some tips for filling your bookcase:

You want to find things that are going to mesh well together, so you may want to pick a color scheme.  Since the background of mine was grey and white, I wanted to mainly find things that were silver/grey or white with some touches of pink (a girly girl can never stray from pink).  I threw a couple of things in that were black but for the most part, I stayed within my scheme.  Also, you want to buy things that are different shapes and sizes.  Different sized picture frames, apothecary jars, vases, books, etc. If everything looks the same, you are going to have one boring bookshelf on your hands. You are going to want to stagger pieces, and this part just takes practice and patience.  You really will spend a couple of hours moving things around, stepping backwards and really looking at it, and then moving things around again.  I got a lot of the stuff on my bookshelf from TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Homegoods- but then other things are really just random (shoes, pictures I printed, fleur de lis salt shaker...) so really, you should just keep an eye out for anything that catches your eye wherever you may be!

My camera is officially broken, so now I have no choice but to only use my phone to take pictures, so I will say that these pictures of the bookshelf do not even come close to doing it justice.  But hopefully you all will get the gist of it and maybe get inspired or get ideas for your own bookcase that you may be working on.  

I hope you all enjoy this post and please let me know if you have any questions for me!  


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Instagram Lovin'

I knoooow, I know.  I haven't updated in forevvvver.  I am probably the worst blogger ever.  But I wanted to just stop in and share some of my fave photos from my instagram @cboccieri to give you all a little glimpse into my life the past few months.  Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer.  I know I am! :)
Wilson's first bath!

My handsome boy beggin' for chicken
Kentucky state necklace from Etsy

Kate Spade quilted bag

Shake Shack in DC!

Bonefish brunch...yummmmm

arm candy fo dayzzz

DIY american flag shorts!

The newest love of my life. 

Hopefully you all enjoy! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Decorating the Apartment

Well hello there, strangers :) I know I have been MIA for way too long now, and I just want to say that I am sorry.  I absolutely love blogging, but honestly- it just takes a lot of time that I don't seem to have.  I also think since I am on my computer alll day long at work, I don't really get on my laptop at home anymore, which in turn means I'm not blogging!  Anyway- enough talking about that...let's get on to the exciting stuff.  I wanted to do a post to show you all some of the decor I have been working on in my apartment.  I change things around pretty much weekly, so nothing is ever the same but I thought I would show you all some of it as it is now!

Decorating to me is an addiction, and like I said, I am always changing around how things look at home.  I also am constantly checking home stores like Marshalls, HomeGoods, Target, etc. to try and find something to add to the madness.  It's just too fun to stop!!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy and get some inspiration from some of the things I've done around here- enjoy :)

Flower arrangement on top of bookshelf

Coffee Table Arrangement

Dining Table- bowl from Ikea, balls are handmade by moi, chairs from Target

Vases on snack bar

Fun new apothecary jars in bathroom- from HomeGoods

Life motto: monogram everything! towel from Ebay :)

Updated Jewelry Storage- Grey table from IKEA lack collection

Watch  Display Case found on Ebay

my messy nightstand, hehe

Another apothecary jar and necklace display from Michael's

Love these girls!  They are drawn by Inslee, I printed them myself and framed them.  They are hung above my jewelry

Paisley print on my quilt (TJ Maxx)

Love my sister!  Vase and flowers from Ikea, frame from Marshall's

Love this space.  Table was found on CraigsList for $20- we painted it ourselves, chairs from Target, bowl from Ikea, mirror from Hobby Lobby.  Wall was painted by moi- just a medium gray color. 

Better picture of coffee table:  Flowers done by me, all supplies bought at Michael's half off.  Book from Amazon, I am a tad bit obsessed with Lauren Conrad.  Tray is from Marshall's.

Love this wall in my living room.  Decal is from WelcomingWalls on Etsy, flowers are Umbra wallflowers (bed bath and beyond) and I just placed them randomly until I was happy with the end result.
Sorry the pictures are not the best quality, the sun was going down as I was taking these so my apartment was getting darker and darker.  Anyway- hopefully you can get some ideas for your own place!  Send me pictures if you all do some decorating of your own :) Until next time...


Sunday, March 10, 2013

OOTN: Neon Lights

I wanted to do a quick post and share an outfit from last night since I finally got around to taking some pictures (it's hard to remember to do it before I leave the house!).  Anyway, the weather was amaaaazing here for the first time in a very.long.time so I decided I should maybe try to be social for once. Turns out, I didn't even make it to the bars but it was so good to see my high school girls and dance around with them in their apartment to spring break classics circa 2006. Ya'll know what I'm talking about, a little bit of SOS (Rihanna) and some Lose Control (LL Cool J and J Lo). Anyway, enjoy the outfit and have a good lazy sunday! I know I will, I am currently snuggling with my poodle in bed and don't feel like moving any time soon ;)

Outfit Details:
Mini Bubble necklace: Ebay
Neon Shirt: Forever 21 (recent)
Denim: H&M (only $9.95!)
Shoes: Target 
Watch: Michael Kors

A little instagram fun :) @cboccieri