French Country Styled Shelves


Can you believe it is the last Sunday of January already? That means it's time for another addition of our monthly French Country Style series. This month it's all about bookshelves.

One thing that I do not like to do and have the hardest time with is styling the bookcases in the great room. They have been styled many different ways over the nineteen years of living here. Since my main style is French Country I will show you what I have on my shelves for this style.

My shelves are filled with things I have been collecting the past few years like old books, boxes, silver, trophies and more. The setter art on the bottom was an auction win from my trip to France in 2013. You can find out more about it here. The large green demijohn came from my trip there, too.

I told you in This Post that the scale from the kitchen had moved and this is where it ended up.

Of course I love adding these very old leather bound books. It is a bookcase, after all. I have found the best deal on these at the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta. There is a vendor there who sells nothing, but old books and he sets a table up with everything on it for $5. If a book has a tiny flaw he puts it on that table so I have grabbed many of these for just $5. He also has beautiful sets of books for more than $5, of course.

On the other side, over the big black box, I have more old books, old silver trophies, another scale/balance from France, and antlers. I placed a basket behind the scale and some antlers for extra texture and layers.

Here's a view from the stairs. 
When I had my photo shoot for the French Country Style Magazine the photographers wanted to move the t.v., but instead left it and then photoshopped it out and transposed a photo in. Some cool stuff they can do. I wish I could make the t.v. magically disappear. :)

I would love to find some more old trophies at an affordable price. They have gotten so expensive.

This old monogrammed silver pitcher is one of the first old silver pieces I started collecting after I started blogging five years ago. Yep, I will be going into my sixth year of blogging in a few days.

Here's a long shot for those of you who are new here or don't know the layout.

Just for fun, I found an old post  from my first year of blogging when I was looking for something else. I thought you might get a kick at seeing how I had these same bookcases decorated back then. The post is actually about the first time I painted the mantel. Yep, it's been painted more than once, but you can see how the bookcases were styled with what I had back then. You can check it out Here.

Be sure to check out what the other ladies have to share.
 Just click the links.


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  1. Your bookcases look great, Kim. Love all the different elements you used.
    Mary Alice

  2. And, five years later, I'm still green with envy for that silver!! LOL! You do a beautiful job with those built-ins, Kim! They are a challenge for me. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  3. Lovely, as always, Kim! I adore those scales, and have been looking for similar for ages. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  4. Hi Kimmie! Oh, your shelves look great and I do love the look of your olden scale on them too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Gorgeous! I do wish we could all have a photoshop button. I would like to do some "personal" photoshopping as well as in a few areas of my home!

  6. I love the way you styled them. Love that silver!

  7. Wouldn't it be great to be able to photshop anything we didn't like, right out of our pictures!!?? Your shelves look terrific, I love everything you have on them. LOVE that scale too, am still looking for one for my kitchen.

  8. This series has been fun and helpful


  9. Love the styled shelves!...and love that you placed that wonderful scale in the bookcase too!...

  10. Wow Kim congrats on 6 years!!!! Such a great accomplishment. Love your styling and love all your sweet French finds from your trip. Love those leather books. It all looks so great.
    Happy Sunday.

  11. I think you do a good job with the shelves. Funny, I use many of the same items (minus the trophies) but my style is not french country at all. Probably more tradtional/cottage/eclectic.

    We have our great room tv and master tv both hid in antique armoires.

  12. Love those books and trophies Kim~ so pretty!!! Congrats on 6 years!!! Wow!!

    1. Actually five year anniversary coming up and starting on the sixth. Yikes!

  13. I love your beautiful old French finds, Kim! I think the trophies may be my favorites! Hugs...Debbie

  14. Just beautiful Kim! Love it!
    Warm hug,

  15. Very nice- thanks for sharing a close up view. I never know what looks good in MY house, but always like what other do in theirs! First I think I have to much/then I think maybe it's not enough. It's god to compare! I think I will take a photo of mine and see ow it looks from that perspective. Maybe I am just being too critical of myself (as usual)? BTW- do you recall the name of the green paint that you have on the backs of your shelves? Thanks!

    1. No, I don't remember what the green paint is. I painted those many years ago with leftover paint from something. Thanks

  16. Love the bookcases filled with pieces collected over time I am sure. Bookcases to me feel like little mini libraries and windows into what ones love to collect making these contained spaces inspiring to the rooms space without competing with the room.

    Love the green backing and all your boxes.


  17. Kim, your shelves look wonderful. I think styling shelves is one of my favorite things to do. I'm forever tweaking or changing things out. Like you, I love old boxes and have an assortment on my shelves and on table tops.

  18. The demijohn caught my eye from the first picture! It was fun comparing to your old post and somehow the TV is less visible now, I don't know how you managed that!

  19. Oooh, those old trophies are my favorites, too! I'm not much of a tv watcher, and really wish I could photoshop it right out of the room!

  20. It doesn't seem like you had difficulty styling your lovely shelves Kim, I love it! I'm also on a trophy hunt, although I don't have a single one yet, I do love them and want to start collecting if I can. :-)

  21. You have the most beautiful things Kim. It all looks fantastic. Now I'm off to see that post from a long time ago.

  22. Beautiful vignette those trophies! Congratulations on six where does the time go?

  23. The shelves look beautiful, and I'm drooling over all of the old books. I can't ever seem to find them for that kind of a price. Happy 5 years and more of blogging!