19 Oct 2016 38 comments

An Updated Bookshelf Tour.

These IKEA shelves have almost become part of who I am, it seems like they complete our room and sum both Jordan and I up so perfectly! I gave them a little rearrange lately and I’m feeling pretty proud of the outcome…

Although I know Jo doesn’t mind that I have taken over the bedroom with my entire life, I always try to make the other rooms very neutral – so the kitchen is all white and mint, and the living room is very brass and grey.
The living room especially is his place, packed full of his games and music and trinkets. When I rearranged the shelves, I wanted quite a musical set-up as we’re such musical people! Well, I just listen to music but you know what I mean…

The two white cabinets that sit under our TV (not pictured but any true KLV reader will know what I’m talking about!) were packed full of our combined record collection (although about five are actually mine).
I took them all out and popped them on the shelves… which sounds way easier than it was, those things are heavy! And the records kept slipping out at all angles. Nightmare. We almost lost U2 at one point, but my reflexes won.
I love the way they look all stacked together, it’s that organised clutter style that I loooove – and I propped them up with my beaut Marble Book Ends! I got a good thing going on here.


Our Crosley record player sits here too, one of my favourite purchases ever! I get asked a lot if this is worth it, and it really is – but I would definitely choose a Keepsake style over the smaller units as the sound is way better.
We also only listen to ours through our Marshall Acton Speaker, which makes all the difference! We like loud music. Our neighbours? Probably not so much…
The other decorations come in the form of brass bits and bobs, candles and books! I love decorating with books, so much so that I might even put together a blog post on it soon.
We put some of the smaller records in a brass basket which adds a little somethin’ somethin’ and also keeps everything all tidy and neat. Perfect!
I have one super adorable Fornasetti candle sitting up there too, which I’m very much in love with. These are up there with Diptyque as they smell so delicious and the packaging is unreal – every scent is so quirky and fun!

A cute little set-up for music lovers like us. What do you think of our new shelf style?

  • C (The Life Of C and H )

    Love this post Kate! I keep debating on whether to add a bookcase to my living room, It’s small so I don’t wnat to make it feel smaller but this ikea one being white and glass might be the perfect style to kepe the room nice and light. I also thought that when you were talking about the Fornasetti candle you wrote super affordable.. on reflection I realise you wrote ‘super adorable’ – that makes alot more sense! 🙂 Laura x


  • Your home is literally, #goals. Lol


  • Love the look of a record player . . . That moderne vintage look is always priceless in decoration styles! 🙂
    Simply fabulous!

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Love this! I think bookcases have become so much more than just for storing books. It is a great way to inject some of your personality into a room. Please would you consider doing a post on your favourite home decor books 🙂 I’d like to add to my non-existing collection, but ordering online is so daunting without being able to see what it is like. Sure you could recommend some gems.


  • I love these shelves, you style them so perfectly!! I love all the records out on display, they look so good! x


  • I love the marble book ends, they are gorgeous!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • You have styled you shelves so beautifully with gorgeous personal touches. I’m looking at getting these IKEA shelves too and you have inspired me!

  • I’ve been looking for a record player for a while, because I want something that is quite similiar to the set-up you have here when we have more space. Love it!

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  • I love your styling! Especially the marble book ends!

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Your bookshelf is literally making my heart beat race so hard! SO drool worthy. <3


  • I love the way you style everything! Our record collection is quickly growing, so I think I need a good way to store them. I love the way you’ve displayed yours!

    Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

  • Jacqueline Sin

    Love how you decorated the bookshelf! 🙂 And those Fornasetti candles look so unique! Will definitely keep my eyes out for them <3

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  • Kumba

    I love a good Ikea hack! Your bookshelves are gorgeous I really want that record player too! I cant wait until my next ikea shop now.

    Kumba | http://www.kumbearxo.com

  • Your interior always looks incredible! I love how you styled the shelves! X

  • Loving this, your interiors are stunning!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Holly Olivia

    These shelves look so pretty! The marble bookends are amazing and I love the armadillo figure, it gives it so much personality. This makes me want to arrange my book shelves now!


  • Becca

    I love those ikea shelves! They are large enough to display a good amount of stuff, but don’t stick out like a sore thumb in the room. Lovely photos as usual! xx


  • i love a nice shelving system and i really have to update mine in my living room and probably will anytime soon.


  • Looking so good, I love how your books are a feature rather than just being stored there

    – Natalie

  • I love how busy your shelves look! I love the candle jars too, I’ve never seen anything like that!


  • very pretty!!!!

  • Your shelf is so pretty! <3 I love the color scheme and how clean it looks! Your home is always so beautiful and chic!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Love this!! It looks so nice and put together 😀

    xx Sofia | SofiaaDot

  • Looks beautiful. There is just something about a bookshelf that makes a room feel so zen.

  • I may have to invest in a Mashall speaker for my record player! I love it but the sound just isn’t quite good enough – thanks for the tip!


  • I’ve been eying that Marshall speaker for eons (since I first spotted it on your page). Just need to bite the bullet and do it! xx

  • Natalie Redman

    That IKEA shelf is so adaptable and simple. Will definitely have to have a wonder on IKEA again.


  • You have such an amazing taste for decor! I love you posts!

    Kat x | http://katealifestyle.blogspot.com

  • You have gorgeous taste, I find these posts so inspiring!

    My Little Online Space

  • Kate

    Love the idea of using bookends to keep the records completely vertical. My husband and I also own a lot of records and it’s always a challenge to keep them upright because even a slight angle can cause the record to warp and bend over time and ruin the playback. I will definitely have to try this!

  • Gorgeous home decor taste Kate – I love how fresh and beautiful everything looks! Your home belongs in a catalogue as inspiration for the rest of us 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Anna

    Great post! I love the Marble Book Ends and Marshall Speakers are awesome. The Fornasetti Candles are amazing, but sadly very expensive.
    Anna From Italy


  • You always have the best interiors, Kate!! Today I actually bought some shelves to I’ll definitely take inspiration from this to style mine 🙂 x

  • Tracey

    Love this, I like that the shelves are all different but link together, you are expert at that shelf stylin’ life!

  • Maggie

    I love when you do this! it gives me wonderful inspiration!


  • Stacy

    I am a crazy bookworm so would like to have such posts much more)))