Friday, August 26, 2011

Shelf Styling

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share with you an area I've been struggling with in decorating. Now, I consider myself to be a pretty good decorator. Not Martha Stewart or anything, but at least I have a good eye and can create a semi-cohesive room or nice vignette.

Enter my arch decor nemesis...shelving. I'm just not a fan. Never have been. I think long, squatty shelving often ends up looking like a dumping ground, a cluttered mess, or just a plain 'ol library. I think shelves, especially long ones without much height, can be some of the hardest things to decorate. And guess what I happen to have on the focal wall of my little parlor? Yep...shelves.

I've been fighting with them since we moved it. But today I decided it was time to tackle these mean old shelves and show them who was boss. So of course I started with a pin board for inspiration. Here are some images I pinned.

Here I love the use of stacked books to create separation and keep things uncluttered.

I love the use of all the shells. It keeps it cohesive. I'm still on the lookout for a reasonably priced sea fan!

Here I love that there are lots of accessories without looking cluttered. That's hard to achieve.

From the talented Lindsey at LLH Designs. The simple picture frames create height and interest in the back

And here's what I came up with.

There are two things to keep in mind here.
1. I used only what I had. I shopped my house and my storage and used accessories I had on hand.
2. I wanted to use many more vintage books. I have lots of them from our wedding centerpieces, but a friend is borrowing them right now for her own wedding. So eventually I think I'll be able to make things look a little neater with more stacks of books.

Here's the side of the room I didn't show in the parlor tour.

Verse art I made way back here before we were married.

Through this doorway is the kitchen. Remember the subway art I asked for for Christmas? My sweet in-laws got them for us : )

The vignettes above and below are my favorites. I love how dramatic one of our engagement picture looks in an oval frame.

Well, how did I do with the terrible long squatty shelves? I'd love to hear feedback, or if you have any excellent shelf-styling tips! Have a great weekend!

{live beautifully}


  1. Looks awesome,Courtney! So beautiful! Looks like you have such a lovely home.

  2. You did a wonderful job. I love all of it! great room.

  3. Love all of the shelf displays, each is so creative and unique!

  4. This has been extremely helpful!! Thank you! So glad I came across your blog :-)


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