Magnums of wine up top and some neutral books and decor below. That plaster owl is a favorite as I have a thing for owls. They remind me of my father and since he passed away a few years ago I've had a few strange owl-encounters in my neighborhood.
This is such a focal area in our home and while I would love to have a matching collection of all antique vellum books, that would leave us nowhere else to house our collection of 'our' books. This unmatched collection is my favorite as these belonged to my father and were some of his favorites.
A picture of hubby proposing to me in our old backyard. A small group of close family and best friends were sitting around the table when he popped the question. When they brought the bottle of Dom outside during a casual Sunday evening get together I began suspecting that something was up. In this picture he's holding the ring in the silver box after giving me a sweet intro into why he wanted to marry me and that he'd already obtained my father's blessing while at lunch earlier that week. I'm looking at Ashley, saying 'did you know about this'? I think I asked her that before I actually said yes. ;)
Books from a street vendor along La Seine in Paris under the cloche, dried lavender, gray pot and gray kooboo basket. I love the neutral and simple feel of these shelves.
The left side:
The right side.
On the fourth shelf down from the top you can see an owl canister with a top, on the left of the large stack of books. This canister belonged to my dad and he'd had it for years and years.