Space-Saving Bookcases

It’s been 20 months since we first moved into what is now G3HQ. It’s the condo where my 21-year-old son lives, where I sleep when my husband is out of town (I don’t like being alone in our place), and from where I run The Gorgeous Girl’s Guide. And even though we have been here for nearly 2 years, I’m still decorating –– taking my time in finding the perfect pieces from here and there. This month, it was all about buying the perfect bookshelves.

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Finding, Buying, and delivering the Bookcases:

I’d been stalking the Tesso bookshelf at CB2 for a couple months. For HQ’s decor, I needed something chrome with glass shelves that would complement my glass desk and whiteboard in the office nook where I work and film webinars. I searched the internet for a better space-saving design and price, but nothing I found beat the Tesso’s sleek design and $299 price tag. So, I went down to my local CB2, opened a line of credit with the store, and bought 2 bookcases (and other things) with 6 months, 0% interest special financing. A few days later, the bookcases were delivered, with each frame in one piece and one box, and the glass shelves in two separate boxes. A couple weeks later (after returning from our retreat), I had them professionally installed.

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Installing the Bookcases:

I don’t recommend installing these units on your own. You should hire a handyman or get help from a friend or family member who know a thing or two about drywall, studs, construction, and hanging things. we ran into some unexpected obstacles during installation, which is not rare when hanging or attaching heavy objects to a wall. But, after several hours and a couple trips to the hardware store, the cases were up! Lastly, I polished the frame and added the shelves before adding books and bookends.

Decorating the Bookcases:

For now, I decided to separate my books by the color of their spine, and group like-colors together. I didn’t want to add too many books, so I utilized just a few per shelf. I placed alternated stacks of books on the right, left, and center of the shelves, and placed a couple chrome elephant bookends. I added a chrome planter, which will soon have silk flowers in it, and will also place picture frames and vases on a few shelves. I’m sure I’ll move things about here and there, but that’s what makes bookshelves so fun –– lots of decor possibilities!

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