Monday, January 30, 2017

How to Style Shelves

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I style all the built-ins in our house (we have four!). Well, let me tell you that shelf styling is a bit of an art form, and doesn't always come easy. But I think with practice and the right elements it can be one of my very favorite parts of decorating! Here are the steps I take to style my shelves...

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Start with the base - books and a few key larger objects. In this case I chose not to have very many books (because I like a more minimalist shelf) but you really can't go wrong with books, so add as many as you'd like. You can vary their direction, stacking them horizontally and vertically, or turning them around if they don't have pretty spines. A few "anchor objects" like large boxes or bowls are also good to start with to ground the styling.

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Add height - I usually do this through frames and artwork. You could also use things like trays and platters to give some height and weight to your shelves.

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Add organic elements and texture - in this case I added natural wood, a bone inlay box, and natural orbs. Things like driftwood and coral would also work well.

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Add interest with objects and vases. Look for things with a sculptural quality - vases with an interesting shape, moravian stars, geometric pieces and small sculptures all work well.

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Add green! A few living (or faux) pops of green make all the difference in bringing your shelves to life. Small orchids, succulents and ferns, or even moss balls, are perfect to bring in a big of nature.

If shelf styling still seems like a bit of a mystery, there are some basic elements you can combine to achieve gorgeous shelves every time. No matter your style, finding these categories of items in your preferred color palette or decorating style always makes perfectly pulled together shelves. My go-tos: Boxes, objects, frames, botanicals, vases and bowls. Here are some examples I pulled from around the web (and would totally put on my own shelves!). Just choose one or two from each category and your shelves will look like a stylist has stopped by!

Friday, January 27, 2017


I've been wanting to have a place for sharing the things I'm loving currently. They may or not be related to interior design, but I promise they will be pretty, fun or interesting, and very of-the-moment. So on Fridays, be on the lookout for the weekly "Currently" post here at 12th and White. This will be fun!

I recently stumbled on this little art shop and am in love. I believe a few of these beauties from Pencilbox Shop will be gracing our master walls very soon!

So this everyday waves hair tutorial from my girl Kate at The Small Things Blog is life changing...apparently I've been curling my hair totally wrong for like...15 years. It's all about feeding the hair through...who knew?!

 Have you seen Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence's new kitchen and home makeover?! It is nothing short of jaw-dropping, as is everything she does! She's a mutual black-and-white lover not to mention a styling expert. Tour part 1 | part 2

The most stunning designer portfolio is just waiting for you right here.

I absolutely love this darling playroom makeover from one of my favorite mama bloggers, Marissa at Hello Baby Brown. So full of color and charm and whimsy!

 Currently crushing hard on this rug. Unfortunately, it is way out of my budget (story of my life)! But isn't it so pretty? And it also comes in pink!

West Elm has an incredible sale going on right now, with up to 30% off so many good things, even their new line! These are my picks: Lacquered Tray | Basket | Rug | Pillow | Striped Vase | Curtains | Wall Hanging | Side Table | Mirror

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Inspiration: Mindy Gayer Design

One of my very favorite things is discovering new designers on Instagram. It makes it so much easier to find and follow talented designers. One of my favorites is Mindy Gayer.

She has a great aesthetic with clean lines and the perfect mix of white and warmth. Today I wanted to share one of her projects with you, the Dover Shores project.

I love how she combined crisp white walls with deep indigos, and both modern and traditional accents.

 Can we just talk about this shelf styling for a minute? So perfectly done!

Absolutely love the Darlana sconces used here.

In the dining area, the indigo abstract piece makes the room. I also love the planked ceiling paired with steel windows.

The kitchen is absolutely to die for. I love how it just feels quiet and peaceful while also being sleek and sophisticated. 

She also did the bathrooms and bedrooms throughout the home, keeping the same white, black and indigo theme. 

You can check out more of Mindy's work on her website, and follow her on Instagram here.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

A Room Full of Art for $25

When I refreshed and rearranged our living room this fall, I knew I wanted to bring in some more modern and abstract art to the room. But as usual, I wasn't looking to spend a lot. Because of that, I discovered what I think is one of my best budget decor tips yet - printable art on Etsy!

Instead of purchasing a pricey print or canvas, you simply pay for an instant download of the art and then print it yourself in whatever size and paper you'd like. Most downloads are $5, some a bit more. But it's seriously so affordable! 

The only piece of art that's not a download is this gorgeous abstract piece, which is actually...wait for it...wrapping paper! I love it so much and it's so affordable ($4!!!!) I have it in two rooms of my house. And it fits (almost) perfectly in the largest Ikea Ribba frame so that makes it so easy! (sorry for the Christmas picture - it was the best up-close I had)

So I purchased four art prints and the wrapping paper, which came to a whopping total of $25 for art for the whole room! I printed them at home, but you could also take it to your favorite print shop and have any size you need done. Here are a few more of my favorite printable art pieces. Happy printing! (note - click on any photo to shop)

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Our January Home

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite "moments" around our house right now. Nothing is too vastly different, but things always shift a bit after the holidays between gifts we received and just moving things around when the Christmas decor comes down.

It only took three years but I am finally happy with how our hearth room looks! It feels so fresh and clean to me now. Proof you should keep working on a space til it makes you happy!

Our kitchen is pretty much the same as always, but I did pick up this awesome black and white tassel rug at Home Goods the other day and I'm loving the black and white pops.

These shelves also finally feel right to me. I love the simple, clean styling, and the bottom two shelves, though probably a bit more visually heavy, are toddler-proof. #RealLife

Thanks for taking a little peek around our house this January! As always, it's a work in progress, but that's the fun part, right?!

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Hearth Room


Living Room

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