Bookshelves. Let’s talk about how great they are for a sec. Obviously, they’re entirely functional—so that’s fantastic. Second of all, with the right styling, they can easily become the prettiest thing in the room. And lastly, like a personal mini-museum, they’re the perfect way to bring personality into a space – a mix of interesting artifacts and books help tell a story of where you’ve been and who you are. That’s why when we came across this bookshelf styling technique, we did a major double-take!


This ain’t your average bookcase! Not only is it filled with tons of delightful treasures, we’re totally digging the idea of featuring a large piece of framed artwork anchored across two shelves smack dab in the middle! This daring placement draws attention to the art itself and also adds dimension and variation to what could otherwise easily be a traditional hohum bookshelf. With a killer piece of art on our hands and a strong velcro tape attached to the backside of the frame, we’re so dying to try this idea!

What are your thoughts?

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photography by Michele Andersen

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  1. I think this idea works in some places, but I can’t say I love it / crave it design-wise, ya know? It’s okay though. I think where I’ve lliked seeing it is when there is a full wall of shelves – then the art doesn’t seem so confusing. As an artist/painter, I suppose I prefer real art pieces to be displayed on a wall…rather than as surrounded by curios.

  2. What a clever little built in unit – and love the art hung outside of the shelf unit – really draws you in!