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Spring Cleaning – Before and After

A DELIGHTSOME LIFE built in details doorknobsLast week, I shared with you the two Book Page Wreaths I made and placed in the built-ins in our living room.

My daughter said that the arched area was a perfect spot for the wreaths. I think so too!

A DELIGHTSOME LIFE built in before

Then I noticed that the remainder of the shelves needed a little bit of tweaking.

Some of the decor had been moved and displaced since Christmas decor was removed. I do love the white pitchers and the decor with them, but I decided to do some spring cleaning.


built in left side – before

I decided to spread the books around – to compliment the book page wreaths and to use items with a little patina. 

So I began by removing the decor, placing books and then added decor – I do like to balance each side as much as possible.

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built-in left side – after

To add an air of spring, I included more bird houses in this vignette –

on the side table. I also kept the colors light and kept the birds as well as the white pitchers.

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 Built-in right side – after

I love the new updated look.

Do you have a ‘formula’ when decorating shelves. Mine is very simple: leave 1/3 air space on the shelves; alternate books and decor from one shelf to the other so that the decor is not too heavy on one side; incorporate greenery and items with patina and group like items together – usually in threes.

A DELIGHTSOME LIFE built in detail left child bust

To balance the shelves on the left and on the right, I added decor that was both the same and similar. 

For instance, on each side I added these sweet little children’s busts, the candleholder with the ball candle and the dried roses. The remainder of the decor is ‘similar’.

A DELIGHTSOME LIFE built in detail child bust rightIf you notice, the books beside the busts are light in color so that the bust’s detail does not get lost.

I am considering painting them lighter so that they match my other busts, what do you think?

A DELIGHTSOME LIFE built in detail right side


Well, this was a fun Spring Cleaning activity. 

Now, onto clearing drawers and closets – I seem to be constantly reorganizing…do you do that too?

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