Do you have areas in your home that you pass by so often you don’t really “see” them anymore? This cookbook shelf in a corner of my kitchen is one of those areas for me. Today it caught my eye and I decided enough was enough – it needed a makeover STAT. Since I am madly in love with blue and white, and have several pieces of it that I’d like to display, I decided to style the entire scene with this theme. Let’s look at how to Easily Create a Blue and White Kitchen Bookshelf Vignette.
First, here’s a look at what was happening “BEFORE”. The top of the shelf had become a “catch-all” area. The poor shelf is sagging under the strain of my enormous cookbook collection. I didn’t tackle that today, but I can see a new piece of wood is in my future…
The red check valance was a stop-gap during Christmas when I was short on time and didn’t want to sew another pair of drapes… It has out-lived its purpose in this spot and since I’m dreaming of blue and white here I decided to stitch up some cute checked drapes.
A bit of green always makes a space feel alive and inviting. Plus, this sunny window is just begging for a plant! This shamrock was on sale at Wegmans for $1.99. I nestled it inside a beautiful silver bucket (found years ago at Marshalls). Next, I added a bit of moss to cover the pot. Now it looks quite lovely and not at all like the bargain deal it is!
Since I have a pretty big collection of cookbooks, I like to rotate a few favorites out from time to time. I also have them double as decor. By having books standing and laying down, it is visually interesting and adds a nice bit of color to the scene. The Martha Stewart cookbook on the end was a recent find at a fundraiser held at my daughter’s school – best 50 cents I ever spent!
To add height and interest on the opposite end, I added a little trio of items. First, a random petite blue & white pot fills an empty space and brings in a bit more of the theme. A wire cloche topped with a bird finial rests atop one more cookbook. Inside it holds a white milk glass jar filled with a boxwood ball (from Target).
A few more cookbooks tie in the theme from the neighboring setting to help create a cohesive feeling. Since they are cream colored they are not competing for visual attention.
And there you have it! It still surprises me how just a few minutes and few simple changes can transform a forlorn and forgotten corner into a destination! Do you have a few spots like this in your home that could use a refresh? I hope you feel inspired to Easily Create a Blue and White Kitchen Bookshelf Vignette in your home today!
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