You guys are in for a real treat! This is my favorite ‘Best of Etsy‘ I’ve drafted so far and it’s packed to the brim with vintage bookends! Here’s the thing… I see a TON of shelf styling and there is one scenario that drives me bonkers: shelves that don’t contain books. WHYYYYY?! Just why? It doesn’t make a ton of sense, even from a styling perspective, in my brain. It’s really a pet peeve of mine. Books add warmth, texture, balance, and after all- BOOKshelves were made for books. It’s only natural to have at least a few books styled in. That leads me to my next point- if you have books, you need bookends. Click through for the best vintage roundup I’ve ever done and snag some of these before they’re gone! I promise- there are so many good ones. Is there anything more cozy than a nicely styled shelf filled with books? Just think… you pull a book off the shelf, light a candle, snuggle up under a blanket or throw, perhaps with a glass of wine, and CHILL. I probably just described my perfect “me time” scenario, but I’m sure some of you can relate. Or perhaps you just want your built-ins to look cute? That’s a-ok too! There’s nothing easier for shelf styling than a bookend. It’s the one object (besides books) that makes perfect sense on a shelf. I feel like every good shelfie needs a pair- it’s definitely one of my styling essentials. Vintage ones are my favorite. They’re a sure way to add character and conversation to a vignette.
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Gosh, there are just too many cool ones to choose from. I sort of want to buy them all and hoard them. My top picks include: #1, #9, #15, #19, #22, and #23. That didn’t really narrow it down, did it?
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do you style a shelf when you actually own a bunch of books?”… the answer is very simple. Embrace those books!! I love reading, I love books, and I love seeing shelves that are packed to the brim with them. Put them on display for the world to see. The only thing you need if they don’t span shelf-to-shelf? A bookend. See my point?
The vintage schnauzer bookend, shown above, also came from Etsy. I made that purchase around six years ago- the same year we picked up Finn as a puppy. It’s an added bonus when decor or vintage items represent something in your life or has a special meaning. I’m always trying to find things that resonate. Do any in the roundup spark something sentimental for you? I’d love to hear in the comments below!