Just when you thought your bookcases couldn’t get any cuter?
I went looking for a carved wooden chain for a stack of books for the bookcase and fell down a rabbit hole.
So many cute finds that were SO AFFORDABLE.
It’s like everyone who designs home decor all had a conference and decided everyone needed to decorate their bookcases on a budget.
I’m here for all of it.
And because we are friends I had to share.
So just in case you have a bookcase and a budget?
This is the post for you.
Here are 15 things to make your bookcase smile.
1. Felted plants
My sister made this for me.
It’s a felt succulent in a terra cotta pot.
I found super similar options on Etsy including these polka-dotted cactuses.
And the best part?
You never have to water.
And while I was looking? I found this creative vase idea for garden cuttings.
2. Metal galvanized boxes
Nothing makes a bookcase happier than a set of metal boxes.
These are discontinued, but I found some that are super similar here.
See what I mean? Hello rabbit hole. Nice to meet you.
3. Galvanized metal sphere
I have these metal spheres everywhere.
They look cute and don’t take up a lot of room and are perfect for stacking on top of boxes or books or adding to a bookshelf as a bookend or putting on top of a pedestal.
I love lanterns on a bookcase for height.
And my favorite lanterns have metal and wood like this one from Walmart.
See those wooden candlesticks at the top of the bookshelf?
I have them everywhere.
They are affordable and cute and you can add them in groups of three or four to add even more visual interest.
You can find them at yard sales and here’s a really cute version here.
And see that flower box on the first shelf? It’s actually a diffuser. You use it without electricity and just add oil to the inside of the diffuser.
You can see it here.
Just typing that word makes me so happy.
7. Wooden chain
But are you thinking—what about the wooden chain that started this search?
And this one.
But in the end? I decided to DIY it.
That’s the thing about rabbit holes (and home decor) you just never know where you’re going to end up.
PS Stay tuned for the DIY on the chain coming to a bookcase near you.
The pictures in this post were taken by the amazing Kenna Lynn Photo.
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