I’m inviting you back into my home to share some living room fireplace and bookcase styling. I hope this everyday decor will delight and inspire you in decorating your own space.

Late last fall, I had some beautiful new cabinetry installed in my living room. (You can see the before HERE and the after HERE.) The project finished up just before I began decorating my home for Christmas, so I didn’t really get to decorate my beautiful new custom cabinetry. Well, I’ve finally given the area a fresh new look and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you today.

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Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling #fireplace #mantel #livingroom #decor #decorating #bookcase #bookshelf #styling

Let me show you around!

Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling

 

Updated Mantel Artwork:

During the holidays and winter months, I hung a beautiful piece of artwork from Lindsay Letters that depicted a beautiful field of snowy pine trees. As much as I adore this piece, I knew I needed something different for a non-wintery look.

Thankfully, Lindsay Letters came through for me again and I found the perfect replacement with her Sea Glass Coast canvas print. This particular size (48 x 16) is the perfect fit and the colors work wonderfully with the rest of the room.

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It reminds me of staring out at the ocean while standing on a beautiful sandy beach and that’s exactly what I need right now. It’s calming. It’s uplifting. It’s like a mini-vacation right in my living room and I am HERE FOR IT! You can find this piece HERE.

To keep my beautiful new woodwork free from holes, I used these large picture hanging strips to hang the artwork. I used a total of six sets of strips, which might be overkill, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Also, speaking of Lindsay, she recently launched her new Spring 2021 collection called “Girls House”. It’s stunning. There is so much to love, but THIS is my favorite piece from the collection. Also, if you have a frame TV, she recently released some pieces you can use as artwork for your TV. They are amazing!! I actually just purchased a frame TV for my bedroom and I’ll definitely be using a Lindsay Letters piece once I get it hung. Details on Lindsay’s FrameTV artwork can be found HERE.

 

Simplified Styling:

The last time I shared my living room fireplace and bookcase styling, the area was all decked out for the holidays. As much as I adored that look, I opted for a more simplified styling to move me into spring and summer.

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To be honest, I kept a lot of the styling the same, but removed the holiday decor and added in some more spring and everyday items.

I love these weathered newel posts which I found at a local antique shop. The colors work so well with the rest of the styling and match some of the other wood items I have on the bookcases.

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Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling #fireplace #mantel #livingroom #decor #decorating #bookcase #bookshelf #styling

Also, I get a lot of questions about the light fixtures above my bookcases. Aren’t they fabulous? They are from Hudson Valley Lighting. You can find them HERE.

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Quirky Touches:

I recently wrote a blog post all about my love of quirky home decor touches and why I think they are so important when decorating a room. (You can find that post HERE if you missed it.) So naturally, I had to include a few in this space.

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One of my favorite quirky details is my brass animal collection. I have been collecting these for a few years now. They are all vintage. I usually scoop them up when I’m antiquing or at a flea market. The collection started with a pair of brass deer I have in my powder room and grew from there. I then added bunnies, mice, a pig, and my latest addition: a snail. I’m not sure if it’s just because he’s new, but he might be my favorite.

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Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling #fireplace #mantel #livingroom #decor #decorating #bookcase #bookshelf #styling

While it may not be defined as quirky, I also love this male bust which I found while antiquing last year. I have been on the hunt for one of these and I just love what it adds to this space.

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Finally, my favorite new unique addition is this set of pottery crowns. They are made by the fabulous Julie LoRusso of JL Studio Pottery. I’m honestly obsessed with them. I really love any sort of handmade pottery bowl or vessel. Turn them into a crown and it’s a must-have for me.

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Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling #fireplace #mantel #livingroom #decor #decorating #bookcase #bookshelf #styling

I styled the pottery crowns with some plants and a candle, but they are so versatile that you can use them for anything. Julie has a variety of styles available in her Etsy store HERE. She also takes custom orders if you can’t find exactly what you want in her shop. Tell her Inspired by Charm sent you!

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Botanical Elements:

I’ve said this many times here on Inspired by Charm, but if you’re ever decorating a space and you feel like it’s missing something, and you’re not sure what it is, chances are it’s a botanical element. Plants and flowers always add that final finishing touch to a space. They are an element that breathes life, freshness, movement, and color to anything you’re decorating.

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I’ve scattered lots in this area as I’m anxious for the earth to come alive again. Orchids are one of my favorite budget-friendly flowers. The one on my mantel has been blooming for two and a half months now. I think it was $30 at the grocery store. That’s such an amazing deal for fresh flowers that will likely last over 3 months.

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I also tucked a few other plants into my bookcase shelves. You might be surprised (as I’m typically not a fan of them) since two of these plants are faux! Say what? Can you guess which two?

One is this trailing plant in the terracotta pot pictured here.

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The other is this silvery blue-green plant I have tucked into one of my crown vessels.

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This area doesn’t get great light so having real plants on this bookcase isn’t always easy or practical. With the exception of the orchid, I occasionally move the rest of my plants to different locations around my house so they can get the light they need to do their best.

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Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling #fireplace #mantel #livingroom #decor #decorating #bookcase #bookshelf #styling

I love having these two faux plants here because now there’s always a touch of green. And honestly, no one would ever know they are faux until they get really close to them or touch them. You can purchase these plants HERE and HERE. They are on the pricey side, so I recommend having a coupon or waiting for a sale.

For some final finishing touches, I added other antique elements including a vintage lunch box as a bookend, an alabaster sphere (I found it at HomeGoods), and lots of my favorite books in a coordinating color palette.

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I also managed to sneak in a few photos of my ironstone planter. I wrote a post all about how you can DIY these gorgeous spring planters HERE.

These planters were such a fabulous way to bring a little life and spring into my home this time of year. This grape hyacinth planter was a favorite.

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That’s it! Living Room Fireplace and Bookcase Styling

And with that, I think I can say that my living room fireplace and bookcase styling is ready for a new season.

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I hope you enjoyed this little tour of an updated area of my home. I also hope you picked up a few ideas that you can use in your own living room fireplace and/or bookcase styling.

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  • Elizabeth Anne Weber-Falk at

    Your home looks so comfortable and inviting. Thank you for sharing your spaces with us.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This is so sweet. Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Laurie at

    This room is so beautiful! I find inspiration in all of your blog and Instagram posts and have tried lots of your DIYs! Do you mind sharing where you purchased the “basket” (for lack of a better term) that holds the logs in front of your fireplace?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! It’s actually a vintage magazine rack. I found it at an antique store. I see them often, so they seem to be fairly easy to find.

      xo Michael

  • Mary at

    Oh this gives me hope! I have a somewhat flush to the wall fireplace that I have wanted to put bookcases next to but I thought I’d have to have my fireplace bumped forward to be flush with the bookcases which seemed like such a huge project that I’ve just done nothing about it. Now I realize that I can try and do something like yours where the bookcases are forward of the fireplace. Did you make this yourself by purchasing two bookcases and framing it all in?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yep! Anything is possible. I had my cabinetry and surround custom made, but you could certainly do it that way.

      xo Michael

  • Erin@WellPlated at

    I am so honored to see my book on your shelf! <3 This room looks so warm but also serene. I love it! Thanks for all of your tips.

  • Andrea at

    This is a beautiful room and I love how you’ve styled it! Would you tell me where the rug is from? Thanks so much!

  • Mary Esther at

    I’m looking at my bookcases wishing you were here to fix them! 😄 Nope. Didn’t work. Seriously, I love the look of everything! So bright and cheerful. I have mixtures of real and fake plants. Now I feel better knowing you do the same. My local grocery has a good selection of plants at reasonable prices so if they don’t make it I don’t feel so bad. I’m jealous, I just killed my first orchid. Glad I only paid $7. Thanks for always inspiring.

  • Cindy Brooks at

    Your living room is gorgeous and so livable. Using those newel posts was genius!

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