21 February 2017

Styling Built In Shelves

After my recent post on the updates in our living room, many of you reached out to me asking to see more of what was on the shelves and how exactly they were styled.  So I thought I'd share how I decide what goes where and show a more up close look at those shelves.  To catch up on that post catch up on it here.  Here is an honest moment, when I first had these built ins built I just kinda tossed a lot of  what I had on the shelves without a ton of consideration as to whether they all blended together or not.

Kinda blah right?  Very book heavy and it lacked any real visual interest.  As I've honed my skills of rearranging, things have changed.  To begin with, I pulled every single thing off the shelves, everything except the television!  I needed to see it fresh, a blank slate.  It has been a process.  When I had a vision of how I wanted those shelves to look, I began to shop both stores and the house for the things I wanted.

I knew I needed something that would add weight, so the process of getting leather bound books began.  I've found them in all sorts of places.  I gave myself a year to find and be able to purchase them.  Most of the books were on average $10 each.

  The faux pieces of coral were picked up at Kirklands about 4 years ago, they provide visual texture.

There is nothing I adore more than Blue and White dishes of any description.  I wanted some pieces but the colors in the living room don't lend to a lot of it.  The antique black box is a really fragile piece.  It dates back into the 1800's.

This shelf is one of the few places in our home that I've placed family photos.  It is pretty obvious that these are from when the boys were much younger.  The brass framed photo of me and Honey will always be special to me.  It was the first time we ever had our photo taken together, I dashed and had it printed and picked that frame up at Wal-Mart...28 years ago.  💗

Of course there had to be pops of color so I tossed a couple of pieces of Staffordshire on the shelves.

I do love when I happen upon a deal and I ALWAYS share that with ya'll.  The Imari plate was seriously less than $15.  I felt like I was stealing it, clearly the antique vendor didn't know what they had!  Using books is a great way to give height to pieces you might otherwise not be able to use. I do this all over our house!

For now, I'm pretty pleased with how everything fits the shelves.   
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  1. The shelves look great! I actually think your room would look lovely with more blue and white pieces. I have to confess though, I LOOOOVE blue and white and have been collecting it for over 30 years. My last post was about my collection if you'd like to see it. Have a great day!

    1. I did take a look at your blue and white! I love it all!


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