:: little chairs & a bookcase update

Okay, Okay,
so if I had to tell you what my favorite find from the Country Living Fair 2011 is....
I think it would be my collection of vintage children's chairs.
I think they are especially adorable.
My original plan was to mount them above my table in the keeping room
and use them as 3D artwork & little shelves.
Well, with the addition of some other items in my spaces
I decided it would be too much 3D stuff.
Honestly I also didn't want to have to put any holes in the chairs in order to hang them.

I decided to display them on top of the bookcase instead.
This is the built in desk in our Keeping Room off of the kitchen.
My collection of butterflies I cross stitched used to reside up top,
but I did a little switcheroo and put them on the desktop to hide cords & 
ridiculously placed power outlets....seriously....
don't even get me started on that subject.
Okay....who puts a power outlet and a phone jack at the very top of a desk?,
shouldn't they be down low where you can hide them with your things more easily.
Okay, sorry rant over...but this is a serious pet peeve of mine....builders need to consult women.

My goal has been to really simplify things in my house,
I could possibly be a closet hoarder....I seriously can see the usefulness in too many things.

I simply turned all of my vintage books around to show their paper patina and vintagey goodness.
I really wanted to pull in some of the aqua color I'm loving,
so I pulled out some vintage aqua ball jars,
and some old electric insulators as well.

Okay, so I'm not going to tell you about every little thing up there,
but I will say this....there are only two things up there that didn't come from a thrift store or yard sale.

Here's a shot of pretty much what it looked like before.
Lot's of color huh and a little busy too.
I tell ya, bookshelves aren't easy.
I've messed & messed with this thing over the years,
but finally I'm pretty happy with it.
I think it's the simplicity that I love.

Another shot at some point in time.
See the mess, this spot is nearly impossible to keep clean.
It is the dumping ground for everyone's everything.....UGGH.

Do you have a catch all space like this?

Or do you have a bookcase that gives you a fit?

Well thank goodness I've finally gotten this one under control.

{peace, love & hugs}

P.S.  I just want to say a big HELLO to any new friends and followers.
I try to find time to respond to all comments, but I'm really not very good at it.
I really do appreciate the time you take to leave them for me,
and know that I'm trying to get better ; ).


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  1. love those chairs, carrie.


  2. I like the less is more theory I subscribe to it.Thanks for sharing.

  3. I can see why they are your favorite. They are adorable. Love your wall color by the way, would you mind passing on the name?

  4. Carrie,
    Those little chairs are too precious!!
    You can use them anywhere in your home. What a great collection.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xxx Liz

  5. Love the chairs - never would have thought to turn my books around in the bookcase. Looks really nice though!!

  6. I absolutely love your collection of cross stitch butterflies! I never would have thought to turn my books around~I was actually thinking, did she buy all those books in a neutral color,lol! It is a great idea bc when you are ready for a pop of color, you can turn them around again.

  7. Visually perfect Carrie. I'd go ahead a pour resin over that one and keep it preserved for eternity. You have quite an eye. :)

  8. I love those wee chairs and your blog too!

  9. I absolutely LOVE your style. I have the same problem with our shelves - I just don't know what to do with them and I love monochromatic themes. We don't have enough books though, so I am working on our collection! I'm totally pinning these btw.

    Kristina Gulino
    Something 2 Write About

  10. I found your coffee bar on Pinterest and it led me to your site: LOVE! I am so in love with your style! I'd love if you stopped over and took a peek at my coffee/drink bar (inspired by your photo!) Hope to see you there :)

  11. I think your shelves look amazing and the children's chairs are too adorable. The vintage truck/car you have in the before shot is something I have been on the hunt for forever!! So jealous:)
    Came by from Miss mustard seed;)

  12. Hi Carrie,

    The re-do of your bookshelves is a success. I, too, love the simplicity of color and form of the objects you chose. Moving into a tiny house has forced my hand in paring down to only my favorite pieces. It is so easy to just keep accumulating stuff. Hope you are doing well!


  13. I love the way you have your shelves displayed. Cute chair collection. Thanks for joining Wow.

  14. Oh these are too cute! I just loved the Country Living Fair - there was so much to see! Your shelves look great! I am so happy I stopped by - I am your newest follower,

  15. Saw your feature this week at Savvy Southern Style, love your blog! Your bookcases are wonderful!

  16. I wanted to go to that fair so bad but had plans that weekend that could not be changed!!! Love the chairs and how you styled your bookcases...glad I found you through Kim...

  17. Visiting from Coastal Charm... love the re-done display, with the warm neutral colors... and the chairs are adorable!

  18. OK, first let me just say that you are adorable! I love your sweet blog. I'm a new fan (&follower). And those bookshelves - wowZERS!!! It takes a certain skill to decorate bookshelves so masterfully and you rocked it!


  19. I'm your newest follower!

    I love the idea of turning book backwards. I just pinned it - I like it so much.

    I'd love for you to link up to our Friday FREE-FOR-ALL party. (Still open)


    All the best,

  20. So beautiful! Just found you via Kim's blog. I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to browsing around here at all this loveliness.

  21. I too adore all things vintage! Love the ball jars, fan, insulators, and the way you turned the books backwards! Can't beat a good thrift shop!

  22. This is beautiful...truly, truly beautiful!! I felt calm just looking at it. LOL! Turning your books around is genius and those chairs on top are absolutely fantastic. You have tremendous style and talent and we are so glad you share it with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)

  23. Absolutely stunning! It looks so warm and inviting.

  24. Carrie,

    I just love your book shelves. Lovely.


  25. Oh, my my!!I love this!!!!! thanks for linking up so we can all view the beauty!

  26. It's absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing, as now I know how to display my children's chairs in my booths. I didn't want to hang them on the wall, so on top of the bookcases they shall go.

  27. Your bookcases look beautiful! Loving those little chairs....and the pops of blue against the white :) Thank you for sharing, glad I found you! Excited to see what more you have in store.

    Lauren @ www.fromourhidingplace.com

  28. GORGEOUS! I Love all your accessories. I just passed up a little chair yesterday at an antique store and now I think I need to go back and get it. I also love your bingo cage...I have one and this inspires me to get it out on display.



  29. Your bookshelves are completely gorgeous! I feel compelled to go and mess with my own! LOVE!


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