A well styled bookshelf can really bring the wow factor to a room. A great bookcase can provide the perfect place to showcase your collection of favorite books, art, and family pictures. There is really no wrong way to do it, it should be personal, but it can be tricky. For our upstairs media room built-ins, I reached out to the designers at Traditions in Charlotte, NC, to see how they would work their magic.

We were able to pull items from around the house, using an assortment of books (e.g. hardcovers with similar colored covers and large coffee table books), small works of art, and a couple of my favorite pictures. A few new items from Traditions, a variety of vases and pieces that added different textures and heights, really brought everything together.

Here are a few tips from designer Olivia Smith of Traditions on styling the perfect bookshelf:

Balance - Balance doesn't necessarily mean that things have to be symmetrical. We styled this bookcase with symmetrical and asymmetrical pieces by putting the heavy jars on different shelves but making sure it still all felt balanced. 

Layer - Instead of lining items all up in a row, make sure to layer things in front of other things and stack items that may need some height. 

Color - The color of your bookcase will dictate what accessories you should use. We made sure we chose accessories that would stand out against the blue. It is fun to mix colors like we did but we mainly kept a blue theme so that it didn't get too busy looking. 

Edit - After you are all done styling your bookcase with all the items you want to use, make sure to step back and edit. Either move things around if you don't like where it is placed or if you feel like things are getting cluttered then take some items away.

***$200 Traditions Gift Card Giveaway*** We are thrilled to gift one lucky winner a $200 gift card to shop at Traditions. Visit @noteworthy_mag on Instagram for details on how to enter. The winner will be announced Monday, April 17. Good luck!

After 25 years in the business, interior design store Traditions is celebrating! On Tuesday, April 25, the store will host 10 local artists from the Charlotte community from 11 a.m.-2 pm. With skills ranging from painting to cake-making, the artisans will be set up throughout the store where visitors will be able to view and purchase their beautiful work. 

With the 25th anniversary celebration, Traditions wants to celebrate some of our local businesses that make the Charlotte community what it is today. By coming to this event, you'll be supporting your local Charlotte businesses and artisans and ensuring their growth.

Local Talent in attendance: 

  • Milo & Fin
  • Ashley Sellner
  • Toni Johnson
  • Bonnie & Bud
  • Madison Sumner
  • Erin McDermott
  • Amy Elizabeth
  • Tati Soares
  • Shop Capella


Traditions Interiors & Accessories located in Charlotte, NC, is not only a furniture and accessory store, it is also an interior design shop. Their staff of talented designers will help you plan and execute any type of design project, all the way to the final accessory detail. Come peruse 7,700 square feet of handsomely arranged vignettes, complete with new furniture, accessories, and artwork. Choose from hundreds of fabrics and volumes of wallpaper from your favorite manufacturers. A designer will visit your home to help find the right furniture to fit your design and functional needs. Floral design is also available and Traditions offers fast, reliable delivery for all merchandise.

Designer Olivia Smith - Olivia's reputation for accessorizing has made her a popular choice for design needs. Having interned at Traditions during her senior year at Olivet University, she returned almost three years ago as staff designer. There is no bookcase or cocktail table that Olivia can't beautify.

Images by Jonathan Ryan Taylor, jonathanryantaylor.com