Designer Challenge: How to Style a Bookcase

By: Casey Gerber

May 12, 2016

Selfies, once a source of embarrassment, are now a staple of Instagram life. So it’s only natural that this phenomenon would make its way into the interior design world in the form of the shelfie. For our latest Designer Challenge, we asked our designers to style their own shelfies, transforming a basic bookcase into a statement piece.

Though all of the submissions took bookcase styling to new heights, three winning designs totally upped the shelfie stakes. From style board to install, see how these these designers made an industrial bookcase much more than a place to host your library.


Boho With A Botanical Touch

Styled by Jessica Rose

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Organic elements fill each shelf of Jessica Rose’s contemporary etagere for a fresh, vibrant look that adds life to this industrial piece.

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Her design is both functional and fashion-forward with its inclusion of mixed metals, reading material, and a Moroccan-style rug.


Pretty With Pink

Styled by Lindsay Saccullo

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Lindsay Saccullo’s design is a true lesson in the power of contrast. The pink, green, and gold color palette adds warmth to this industrial piece of decor, while the grey, tufted armchair creates a cozy reading nook.

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Restroom Refresh

Styled by Jennifer Terry

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Jennifer Terry proves that openly displaying your bath towels and care essentials can be both chic and organized. Canvas bins fill the bottom shelf for easy access to blowdryers and beauty products, and makes tidying up a breeze.

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Jennifer creates a Euro-style spa experience by adding a potted plant, a turquoise votive, and a wooden sign that reads, “Le Toilette.”


 

For more Laurel & Wolf designer looks, keep an eye out for our next installment of the “Styled By” series, coming very soon!

Photos by Dustin Walker.

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