Entertaining : Styling a Bookcase for Entertaining

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A couple of months ago I shared a tour of my sitting room and studio space in a post sponsored by Sauder furniture. Lucky for me they really liked my style and photos, and gave me the opportunity to choose a piece of furniture from their collection, and style it for the blog – super fun, right!

So with their online ‘catalog’ at my fingertips, I set out to find the perfect piece that would integrate into my home. I chose the black bookcase because it’s a multi-purpose piece of furniture and I’m always talking about how you can use different items in your entertaining setting.

The selection process was easy as you can shop by room, product, or style. Ready to see how I used it?

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  • Like I said, I chose the black bookcase for a few reasons. I like the simple, clean lines, the black finish will work in several areas of my house as I love to switch things around, and the label plate detail on the front was a nice touch.
  • I placed it in my studio/dining space, and set the stage for a casual dinner with friends. I brought in my wine bottle opener, and a piece of art to top it, and filled the cubbies with hostess essentials.
  • I used one cubby for wine storage and taped a “cheers” sign to the back wall for a playful touch.
  • The next cubby is the perfect place for dessert, while extra plates and a jar for wine corks sits below.
  • Books always add warmth to a space, so I placed some in the next cubby, and topped with a gold crown. The overall look of the party is black and white and gold, so any chance to add those colors is welcome.
  • Finally, the lower shelf holds pitchers of water on a tray so the condensation doesn’t drip on to the furniture. A pretty vase and extra utensils for dessert round out the space.
  • I also set the dining table with a black and white stripe table covering, and white and gold place settings and centerpiece. Now all that’s needed is the perfect menu to serve!

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One thing to note is that the shelf comes in pieces and has to be assembled. My husband actually did the assembly when I wasn’t home, but he said it was easy and went together in about 40 minutes.
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All he used was a Phillips head screwdriver and hammer. The directions were clear and step by step pictures were provided – a must for visual learners like us.

Ordering also went well and shipping took less than a week. All in all a good experience.

Do you ever use “other” furniture pieces for entertaining? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.


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