As I mentioned before, I’ve been working with my parents to e-Design their new Boston home. I shared with you their master bedroom and I’d like to update you on a few tweaks we’re making to their living room. They’ve been residing in their new home for over a year now but made some immediate design decisions upon their initial move that they’re trying to mix up a bit now that they’re more accustomed to their city lifestyle and committed to the design direction we’re going in throughout their entire space.
Below is a photo of the beautiful built in, mid-century shelving in their living room. My mom styled the shelving within the first few months of moving into the new home but felt the shelves needed a good shake up! (Please forgive the quality of the images below, they were snapped by an iPhone)
With a few small changes, we were able to take a cluttered shelf and give it purpose and intrigue!
Growing up, my mom used to tell me and my younger brothers the story of where she was the moment she learned of JFK’s assassination. It was such a shocking and significant experience, that the details of the moment are so vivid for her. The historical memory has always been momentous, so when I showed her the below photograph of Mr. Kennedy, she had to have it! We decided to make it one of the major focal points of the shelves and styled around it.
We took two of the pre-existing prints she had originally displayed on the shelf and had them re-matted and framed to match the JFK photograph. We turned the spines of all her favorite novels inward so that the pages were outward facing, giving a clean appearance. We added these bookends for a modern touch.
The placement of these skinny candlestick holders took up a lot of the shelving real estate and added depth. I love mixing silvers and golds, so I was all about adding these gorgeous gold artisan bowls to the mix that I had found on sale at Arhaus!
We decided to complete our project with this gramophone for both functionality and look! A conversation piece that has excellent sound quality. The perfect addition for a couple that likes to entertain! The speaker horn really plays up the look of the mid-century craftsmanship of the bookcasing.
My parents will continue to add to the shelving, collecting trinkets throughout their travels and adding photographs from milestone events. For now, they have the start of something interesting to work off of!