Stylish bookshelves

Bookshelves...they're not just for books!  Take a look at these stylish shelves featured at Coastal Living and get inspired to restyle yours!

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Coastal Cool
Highlight a few special items by keeping it simple and painting the back of
the bookcase a contrasting color.
Chic Chinoiserie
Colorful Craze

Living Large
Floor-to-ceiling built-in cases provide sizeable storage space.  Vary the shelf height and reserve a few shelves for vases, bowls or other other decorative to avoid an overly-cluttered appearance.
Show Stopper
Don't think you have room for a bookcase?  How about up the stairs?
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If built-in bookcases flank a fireplace or doorway, outfitting them in the same way will bring a clean, cohesive feel to the room.
Here are a few more photos to inspire you (from my Pinterest boards)

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Wrap the couch in bookcases instead of using end tables.
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Here a low bookcase divides a room without closing off the space.
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For more ideas on how to achieve a well styled bookcase, click Here.

A trip to France

Hello friends!  Sorry for the absence last week…it was crazy busy!  End-of-the-school-year madness hit, I’m working on several clients’ projects, my piano recital was Saturday night (I’m also the owner & teacher of Little Bird Piano Studio and currently have 20 students) and I’m leaving in 9 days for France & Italy!  I can’t believe our trip is almost here!  So much to do before we leave! 
Two years ago I took a nine day trip to the southern coast of France to visit my cousin Sarah.  It was wonderful!  Here are some photos from that trip…and hopefully I can post some pics while I’m in France this time.  Stay tuned!
Sarah was living in Antibes, a coastal town between Nice and Cannes. 
The rocky coastline in Antibes


Quaint streets in Antibes


I had a balcony off my bedroom...this was the view each night.
Each day we'd set off to explore a different town.
Here are some photos from Eze, a medieval town built into the mountainside.

Spices at an outdoor market.
St. Paul de Vence.
Love the boxwoods in the clay pots!



The beaches at Cannes.
A cloudy, cool day in Cannes, but a good day for shopping!
I will try to post a few more times before I leave...

Designer Barclay Butera

West Coast designer Barclay Butera is known for his classic and timeless interiors.  His book “Barclay Butera Living on the Coast” features a collection of inspiring and inviting waterside homes.  His homes are casually elegant and suited for beach living. 
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White walls+ natural rug+blue & white+nautical artwork = perfect!
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Shells in glass containers and framed sailboat photos bring the waterfront
inside without going overboard.
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All American red, white & blue
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Another one of my favorites!
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Love the unexpected touch of zebra!
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What a soothing, restful retreat!
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Even the laundry space gets a touch of the coast.
And a few more inspiring spaces...
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Hope you were inspired!