i should have taken a before photo. but that would have terrified you.
i spent some major time the other day restyling this shelf. we don't have much white space in our apartment -- it's mostly brick -- so the little we have is really prime real estate for adding light + contrast to our home. and this shelf was not being used well -- piled high & higher with dusty books. to be honest, we probably have too many books for our little apartment -- but they're not something we want to part with, and we know we'll want them around when we move into a house. so! we'll be putting some into boxes in the closet...and the rest, that don't have pretty covers, (you know -- those great books you have that just have the worst covers...?!) i'm working on re-covering with brown craft paper. you can see a few of those worked in with the others on the shelf.
it's one of those corners that used to make me cringe when i walked by...but now i want to linger, sit down and read a little longer. so i'll say, mission accomplished.