Behind the books

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the past several years is that I like a lot of variety. In fact, I’ve been accused of changing the paint colors on my walls more often than I change the oil in my car. 🙂  But one thing I’ve never painted is the interior of bookcases. We’ve all seen the style — particularly white bookcases with a contrasting interior paint color; but all that cutting in and out with a paintbrush, particularly with fixed shelving, wears me out just thinking about it!

There is a solution, however — one that is easy AND will appeal to those of us who like to “change things up” from time to time without having to spend a fortune.  Rather than paint, use wallpaper:

  • Cut cardboard to fit the dimensions of the interior back of your bookcase(s);
  • Paste, mod-podge, or use spray-adhesive to adhere a great solid or designed wallpaper or contact paper to your cardboard;
  • Push the cardboard into place; and
  • Reinsert your shelves (if they are adjustable).

Anytime you want to make a change, just re-paper!  Of course, you can always adhere the paper directly to your bookcase, but that means a little more work to replace it should you ever change your mind.

Case… or should I say “bookcase” in point 🙂 is the example below — white bookcases in my living room, with a tight grey and white patterned wallpaper.


Other examples are below — one with a yellow and white herringbone design and another with a dark polka-dotted paper against a turquoise bookcase.

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multi wallpaper bookcaseOf course, if you want to be more creative and use different types of paper for each shelving “cubby,” your results can look like the bookcase featured to the left.

This project is simple yet brings a lot of life to an interior space with minimal effort.  And when your decor changes, you can easily alter your bookcase to accommodate.

Best of all, papering rather than painting allows you to avoid the cumbersome “taping off” of all the bookcase edges and navigating a paintbrush in tight, awkward spaces.


Photo credits:  White bookcase with yellow and white herringbone paper – The 36th Avenue.  Turquoise bookcase with dark polka-dot paper – Pinterest.  White bookcase with multiple paper designs – Brabourne Farm.






Time to stick your neck out

Ah, the birds are starting to chirp again, signaling Spring will soon be here.  And although many of us are still wearing our warm, wintry scarves amidst cool weather, it’s time to think about a lighter version of neckwear — scarves which are more along the lines of head and neck adornments rather than warm outerwear.

What I love about scarves is the fact that they can be an inexpensive ($10-$15 range) and easy way to change or enhance your entire look.  And your outfit can go from funky to sleek in seconds.  Their versatility in WHERE (neck, waist, hair) and HOW you wear them gives you yet another reason to invest in this wardrobe essential.

Right now, Target has some great lightweight spring/summer scarves on sale.  Here are a few of my faves — the first one a black-and-white geometric design and the second a light blue skull pattern (who says skulls have to be goth?). 🙂

Target Geometric ScarfTarget Blue Skull Scarf







Old Navy also has a slew of scarves which you may want to check out, some of which are gauzy, while others are cotton jersey or linen.  See below.

OldNavy Pink-Orange ScarfOldNavy blue-yellow scarf








World Market never fails to please with a variety of unique scarves — whether you are drawn to a more rich paisley print with fringe or a romantic vintage floral, as shown below.

WorldMarket - rust and turquoise scarfWorldMarket - pink and green floral scarf







For some additional inspiration on the many ways to wear a scarf, visit The Knot Library.  And try wearing them as a headband or belt!


Photo credits:  Target B&W geometric scarfTarget light blue skull scarfOld Navy pink and orange scarfOld Navy blue and yellow infinity scarfWorld Market orange and turquoise paisley scarfWorld Market ivory, pink and green floral scarf.