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February 2011 Newsletter

February 2011 Newsletter


A Note From Wendy
Feature Article: Make Your Bookcase Look Fabulous
Color of the Month: Honeysuckle
About Wendy Interiors


Ahhhh… there’s nothing like curling up with a good book, especially this time of year.  But arranging books can add stress, especially if you want your bookshelves to look attractive.  This month’s feature article gives you tips for creating a stylish and organized bookcase.

And don’t miss this issue’s Color of the Month.  Or we should say – Color of the Year!  Pantone – the global authority on color – has announced a bold, new color of the year for 2011.  You’ll want to see how this confident hue can liven up your home.


Make Your Bookcase Look Fabulous

Bookcases are a common way to organized books and other decorative items.  But because the shelves are open, your “stuff” is on display.  So it is often a challenge to make everything look attractive.

Make Your Bookcase Look FabulousIn a library or office, books are frequently arranged by subject and stuffed into the shelves – with little attention paid to the look of the arrangement.  But most of us would like our bookcases and shelves to be visually appealing, especially if they are located in a public space in our home.  So here are a few secrets for creating a stylish bookshelf…

Arrange books by height.  Order your books from tallest to shortest on one shelf.  Vary the direction from shelf to shelf, placing the largest hardcovers to the left on some and to the right on others.

Separate paperbacks.  Put paperback books on a separate shelf instead of combining them with the hardcovers.

Add interest with accessories.  Place a few attention-grabbing figures on your shelves.  You can use them as book-ends, or place one atop a pile of horizontally stacked books.

Hide magazines in decorative magazine holders.  Although magazines aren’t overly attractive when plainly piled in a stack, they can still be a part of your bookcase.  Choose a fashionable container, or cover a simple cardboard version with fabric or wallpaper.  Label the front so you know which periodicals are hidden inside.

Create a focal point.  Place a single item on one of the shelves to create real drama.  If you have a beautiful sculpture or a souvenir from a memorable trip, give it the honor it deserves by allowing it to have its own space.

Don’t forget to stack.  As you arrange your books, mix in stacked piles with the books that are standing up.  This adds visual interest by varying the layout.  It also allows you to display oversized books that might not fit standing up.  You can use your stacks as bookends or to raise the height of a pretty accessory.

Remember that your bookcases are functional.  You want to be able to use your books.  But by following a few design rules, your shelves don’t have to look utilitarian.  They can be a delightfully attractive part of your home, as well.


Pantone – the global authority on color – has announced Honeysuckle as the color of the year for 2011.

Color of the Month: Honeysucle

A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is confident, encouraging, and uplifting.  While last year’s color, turquoise, was meant to be a calming escape, honeysuckle emboldens us to face our day with verve and vigor.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits.  Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.  “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Where can you use Honeysuckle in your home?  Cover large areas, like the entranceway, for an upbeat, dynamic mood.  Use it on the dining room walls as an appetite and conversation stimulant.  In the kitchen, add a whimsical touch with placemats, colored glassware, candles,or small appliances.  Repaint doorknobs and drawer pulls for a more subtle statement.

Honeysuckle elevates the mood and instills confidence and courage, so be warned!  Once you try this impressive color, you might become addicted.