8.26.2014

Blue, White and A Ballard Bookcase, Before and After

What a jolt we had at 3:20 am Sunday morning!  Our building swayed and creaked loudly.  But, we were not harmed and didn't have any damage from the earthquake.  Later that day, I went to my client's home to do some decorating.
 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). 
and after...
Thanks so much for your concern following the earthquake. Sending warm wishes to our neighbors in the Napa area.

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32 comments:

  1. Mary Ann I love the way you styled the bookcases! Great job! From one blue and white lover to another....
    Kathysue

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  2. The bookshelves look great! I'm a blue and white lover too, so they're right up my alley. Glad you didn't have any damage from the earthquake.

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  3. The difference is amazing! The weight of the new bookcases changes the entire feel! I love that you use what they/you have!

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  4. So glad y'all are safe and sound. Love those gallery walls.

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  5. Glad you are safe and sound. I think the room grew a taller ceiling! The bookcases look fantastic. (Did the client have all those goodies on hand for you to use to style?) Masterful use of all the art!

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  6. It's very pretty Mary Ann. Glad you are OK.

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  7. When I heard the news of the earthquake I immediately thought of you. So glad you weren't harmed. Love what you did for your client. I have bookcases I am trying to pull off a built in!

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  8. The bookcases really gave the wall a great look and I like the gallery of pictures on the sides! Love the blue and white pieces staged across the upper portion- makes a nice presence. Glad your area wasn't too badly affected by the earthquake- what a way to wake up in the morning!

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  9. so glad you were ok in the quake! Love the redesign in the living-- looks so much better! The bookcases are styled impeccably!

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  10. Nothing scarier than an earthquake! Living in LA, I know! I had never felt one as a child, so the first one for me was the Sylmar quake in '71 and that was no little rumbler! Glad you're OK and no damage!

    Of course, I love what you did with the bookshelves and artwork. As usual, great job!!! Can't wait to see more!
    xo

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  11. So glad you are all okay,Mary Ann! The bookcase looks wonderful with your staging!
    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  12. The room and bookcase styling are beautiful! I always love blue and white. So glad to hear you are ok!
    -Shelley

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  13. You made those bookcases look like a million dollars!

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  14. Glad to hear all is wee. w/the earthquake. Love the bookcase choice and the styling!

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  15. Beautiful bookcase styling Mary Ann and I'm so glad all is well {post} earthquake. Having spent most of my life in Los Angeles .. I recall the anxiety with earthquakes and the after shocks. Love all the blue and white here today! I'm so looking forward to getting back to blogging when the house is finished. We are living in a construction zone and it's not pretty. I just found out I will have no shower tonight of tomorrow ..

    take care, leslie

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  16. I love that she had just the right amount and sizes of art for the groupings. It looks great. I thought about you after the earthquake.

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    1. Actually we had about three more small ones...may use them. Thanks for thinking of us, Janette.

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  17. I love the crispness of the room now. Great job!

    Pam

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  18. Awesome styling Mary Ann! Glad to hear all is well!

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  19. Amazing job Mary Ann! The book shelf looks awesome, I love how you styled it, all the pieces just fell into place. It looks as if nothing else was supposed to be there before. Great job, did the homeowner have those beautiful white and blue ceramic pots? They are very pretty.

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  20. I hadn't heard about the earthquake - so glad that all is ok! LOVE your bookcase styling and you definitely have a knack for arranging art, which I always find challenging to do above small pieces. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the room takes shape!

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  21. So glad you guys were ok Mary ann! You pulled off this design beautifully! I love how you arranged the shelves and the paintings!!!

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  22. Gorgeous...but then again I expect that coming from you. You are a master!!

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  23. You know you are my favorite at bookcase styling and love how you did the art…stunning!!

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  24. Awesome Mary Ann....love how you gave that long wall some purpose! It's so interesting now! So glad all is well with the earthquake....scary!

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  25. Long wall look really gorgeous. Love it :-)

    Property Buyer

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  26. There is nothing better than freshly curated bookcases (as you know how to do so well) and a fabulous art wall... LOVE the artwork! Great job!

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  27. Wow!! I must confess that I did an audible "oh my god I love that" when I saw the styled bookcases. Just gorgeous, Mary Ann.

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  28. Amazing difference. I am going to get some bookcases.
    Happy Labor Day!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  30. Beautiful styling on the Ballard bookcase.

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