I have a top 5 for today. I've collected some favourite free-standing bookshelves. Most of them have turned out to be more like etageres. What is an etagere? According to Wikipedia,
An étagère is a piece of light furniture very similar to the English what-not, which was extensively made in France during the latter part of the 18th century. It consists of a series of stages or shelves for the reception of ornaments or other small articles. Like the what-not it was very often cornerwise in shape, and the best Louis XVI examples in exotic woods are exceedingly graceful and elegant.I didn't know what the word meant either. In looking at the pieces I've chosen, I seem to gravitate towards the "lighter" bookshelves out there, and that seems to qualify them as etageres from what I can tell. (I'm not an expert though.)
Anyway, here are the top picks for this week.
#1 Brass (Vintage)
#2 White Lacquer
#3 Black Lacquer
#4 Faux Bamboo
|Tucked in at the very right side of the photo|
#5 Painted Wood
Nothing beats well-designed built-ins, but any one of these beauties could "stand on their own" in my books. (Ack! Too many puns in one sentence. Sorry.)
Enjoy your weeked! Hugs all around.
Sources: pinterest; liveauctioneers; schnadig home collections; home decorators; Jonathan Adler; crate & barrel; livelikeyou; jonhowellantiques; rue magazine; Sabina Danenberg Antiques; massuccowarnermiller.com; Oly Studio