My client is a teacher (school just started yesterday) and has lots of books, art and inherited family pieces. She wants to have a less formal but pulled together look in her living room. The above is a tough wall as it's so long.
The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan and the Ballard Tuscan Flush Bookcase gives a bit of weight here.
We will have the book cases attached together for a more built-in look (the look is good for a fairly reasonable price). But, I went ahead and styled the bookcase since it will be a while until the handyman comes (we are compiling a list for him). Notice the board and batten back.
After surveying her home, I pulled accessories with a Chinoiserie look. When the bookcases were styled, we hung art templates on both sides.
Rough spacing...I like to eyeball it.
Decorating with what you already own!
There is more in store for this room...some updated furniture and pillows (but keeping some antiques).
Thanks so much for your concern following the earthquake. Sending warm wishes to our neighbors in the Napa area.