Finding My Bookshelf Style with Havenly.com

Books. We love them, we hate organizing them. When you have too many books and not enough space, bookshelves can turn into certified natural disaster areas.

Going on Pinterest for organizational inspiration sounds like a good idea, but their huge user base is both a blessing and a curse. Where to start? What is my style? How does that style translate into organization; specifically book organization?

Well, to help me help you, I’ve enlisted help of Havenly.com.

Understanding your style is the best way to begin any organization project, and Havenly makes it easy with an Interior Design Style Quiz!

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In seven steps, hopefully, Havenly will help me.

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After a few more questions like these…

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… I had all the secrets to the universe! Okay, not really, but I did get insight into what my personal style was called!

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Coming out of this style quiz throughly obsessed with the results, I decided to try my luck on Pinterest, this time with a little more detail.

One search for “scandinavian bookshelf” later and I notice the definition of “Scandinavian” from Havenly brought to life in front of me. Simple colors with a lot of texture.

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One – more specific – search for “scandinavian bookshelf styling” later and I’m sobbing myself to sleep over how aesthetically pleasing these organization suggestions are.

Notice: the alternating positions of books (standing, laying, spine out, spine in…)

Notice: the featuring of textured objects like BLANKETS and PLANTS

Notice: the grouping of colors

Notice: MY ABSOLUTE OBSESSION WITH THIS NEW SELF REVELATION!

Not a lot of us know our style, and that’s okay! But in today’s Instagram turned Bookstagram world, defining your personal aesthetic is so important. Now that I’ve helped myself, I can help you. My first lesson: figure out your style!

 

This post was initiated by, but not sponsored by, Havenly.com. This post has no affiliation with Pinterest.com.

 

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Two Year Blogaversary: A Short Letter

Dear Self and Readers,

Today marks my two year Blogaversary!

I started this blog as a venting process for an ended relationship, and as a way to relate my feeling to my favorite books or characters.

(Blogging is cheaper than therapy, homies.)

Now I do overviews of the books I read, and other posts like discussion topics, and interviews with other bloggers!

It’s been a long road, but I’m finally happy with where I am, blog-wise. I’ve made a commitment of posting once per week – no matter how busy my life is – and it’s working out for me! I stock pile book reviews and schedule posts like, “Today I’m Recommending…” and what I’ve found is: I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN!

Before, I felt so pressure to do lengthy reviews and discussion posts and get a million ARCs like the bloggers who had been doing this since before I could talk. It was so unrealistic of me, and blogging started to suck. I’m so excited that I’ve found this rhythm.

I still don’t get a lot of traffic to each post, but I love doing it for ME and for those who do happen to read, and appreciate, them.

I didn’t think I would be this involved in the community two years ago. I’ve made friends through the OTSP Secret Sister group that I never would have otherwise! I go to events and pick up swag and even joined Bookstagram.

I can’t wait to see where I’m at this time next year!

xo

Marissa

 

Hosting a Rep Search

With all of the easily accessible platforms out there – Etsy, Society6, Redbubble, etc – almost everyone is making and selling something. 

With no physical storefront, we designers and sellers – we business owners – rely on social media to promote products. 

There comes a point where your own sites are maxing out their potential and that’s where brand reps come in. 

Especially popular on Instagram, brand reps get free products in exchange for taking quality photos of said products. It’s sort of like a low-key version of those celebrity ad Instagram photos. 

I personally have zero experience with rep searches outside of the book community. My own business makes comical candles, many of which revolve around books and pop culture. 

So, here are my top five tips for choosing your very own brand rep:

1. Don’t Make It Hard

No one is going to want to repost a picture, grow a beard, tag seven friends, mention you in their Instagram Story, and sacrifice a virgin goat to enter your rep search. 

Make entering simple by keeping the process under three steps. Comment below and repost this picture! Or, tag a friend who might be interested and send us a collage of your best pictures!

2. Their Follower Count Does (Not?) Matter

If you’re running your own business, your monetary resources are probably limited and precious. The point of having a brand rep is to gain exposure. If a rep has fewer followers than you, it might not be worth the expenditure. 

BUT, quality is better than quantity. Someone with 200 followers may have better pictures than someone with 2,000 followers.

This all comes down to a gut judgment. I would rather have quality photos of my product from a wonderfully talented and kind rep than hastily taken photos from an overworked Insta-preneur.

(That’s another thing to account for: How many companies does this person rep for? Will they have time for your products?)

3. Interaction = Satisfaction

You know your brand better than anyone. The whole idea of a brand rep is that they’re an extension of your own account. 

Are your products sexy? Your rep needs to have a feed that represents that. 

Are your products centered towards children? Your rep should have a following geared to parents. 

Are your products humorous? Ours our! We wants reps that interact with followers and have witty commentary. 

This is a billboard. This is a commercial. This is your advertising! Let this build your brand!

4. Timeline Is Unimportant

Now this refers to a couple of things. 

First of all, the length of the search itself: 

Our first rep search lasted a week. The most recent one ran the entire month of February. This is unimportant. A good rule of thumb is that most accounts won’t enter until the last few days anyway, so do what works for your timeline. 

Second of all, the length of the rep period:

Our company does a batch of seasonal themed candles each season, so we’ve timed our rep periods around this! Reps last four months, which is long enough to cover an entire season. Then, as the season turns over, so do our rep accounts. 

What you do needs to work for your products. 

Pro tip: If you have a rep you love that is indispensable to you and your company, KEEP THEM. There is no rule that says you have to give them up. Ask them to stay on!

5. No One’s Disappointment Matters Except Your Own

It’s inevatible that not everyone who enters your search will be chosen. People are going to be disappointed. Here’s the thing: there’s nothing you can do about that!

The goal is to make a decision that you’re comfortable with. You can prevent your own disappointment, and you should. Don’t feel obligated to choose anyone; don’t feel obligated to apologize. At the end of the day, this is a business decision.