A fellow blogger shared the below picture on her Facebook page that has a lot of followers. It was super nice of her to share it and direct her followers to my Summer Home Tour on my blog. The post did have a lot of kind comments and likes, but of course I notice the one not so kind comment. I don’t know why some people on Facebook or I guess in general, (but Facebook seems to attract the boldest people) that feel they can just say whatever they want- even if it is negative. It takes so much energy and effort to say something negative, I don’t get it. I hear it from other blogger friends too, the things people say when they don’t “like” something they have shared in their home. I want to just point out I don’t share my home with the world because I think everyone should do what I do. not. at. all. I share because I enjoy the challenge of creating. I want to inspire others to make their home a place they want to be. THEY want to be and their loved ones, not Facebook land.
This was not my first mean comment from Social Media. I have had a few others say bold comments about my home. I take it all as a grain of salt. I like what I like. And I am not going to apologize and change everything because of what others think.
That being said, after reading the “meany” comment…
I thought hmmmm maybe she does have a valid point.
I could actually learn a thing or two from *this* comment.
Ok- I will tell you the comment. It was along the lines of “that bookcase is way to cluttered.”
But then I looked at the picture again.
Through different eyes. Not my eyes that LOVE every little piece I have collected over the years.
It did look cluttered.
In person the bookcase didn’t feel cluttered. But in the picture it does. I see it.
I just love the antique shoe horns, the white pots, the gold typewriter that my husband gave me, the framed letter, the glass boxes with sea shells we collected and that book. you get it. I get attached to things.
So I started from square one. I took it all out.
BEST bookcase styling tip. This is what I actually do for design clients.
I take everything out and start fresh.
Now just because I want to simplify does not mean I needed to get rid of my collection of white pots. Just that I didn’t need them ALL out right now. I needed to take the advice that I give to my design clients.
Here is my simplified styled bookcase- thanks Facebook.
I left a couple of the shelves empty. For some rest and to avoid the “cluttered” look.
I had added some leftover wallpaper from our master bedroom ceiling (from THIS post).
I did use books throughout my bookcase. I turned the covers to the back or I tore off the covers to keep it balanced throughout and stuck to the brighter white books and got rid of the cream. I did keep some of my new favorites out.
This is the opposite side of my bookcase. It is still me. I kept the things out that I really love. Also I wanted to point out that we do LIVE in our home. The bottom corner has books that we are currently reading or reference often.
In the end I love the change. I appreciate constructive feedback. And not all of us can let things bounce off of us or take a positive spin on it. I still think that “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” There is a better way to go about sharing your opinion. Rather than blasting it on Facebook.
I know I would have naturally made changes to my bookcase because trends change and I like to change things up once in awhile. ok, every day I change things.
I thought I would share some more styled bookcase inspiration photos. They are all SO different, yet I can appreciate and take something helpful from every photo.
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