By choosing a similar color scheme for the decor items, the bookcase doesn't weigh down the space. Also, choosing cookbooks that are in the same color scheme and grouping less of them makes the space seem less cluttered. The other cookbooks are tucked away, still easy to access, but placed below in the cabinet area.
Organizing inside of cabinets makes the space more functional. These bright pink baskets don't quite go with the rest of the decor in the space, but since they are tucked away, it doesn't matter! They were plastic bins we already had so I thought they would work well in the space for odds and ends stored in the kitchen area.
A glass cylinder vase is a great way to group items.
These are our first seashells we've collected since living near the beach.
Great Goodwill find! $3 Vase!