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Can we take a Shelfie?!

So you have some shelves, now what to do with them? Bookshelves, built-in shelves, china cabinets, floating shelves...there are so many opportunities within your home, no matter how grand or quaint, to style a great shelfie! The curating of a great shelf can help bring together a room and showcase the personality of not only the home but those that dwell within it. It can be a bit of a challenge to find the perfect balance of accessories to adorn those empty shelves, but I'm here to share that you will find most of what you need already in your home. Many of the items already in your space are things you have collected over the years right? They are a reflection of you, so why not put them on display and flatter them so?! - XO Meeshie

Not sure where to start? Not a problem, here are some tips to get you going. Books, vessels, picture frames, and plants make a great shelfie starter kit! 

Meeshie's Tips:

  • I like to remember three rules when tackling those empty rows of space -

  1. Stack Up - Books stacked in 3's or maybe just one if it's a large coffee table book, topped with a pretty bowl or accessory.

  2. Line Up - Books lined up like magical library shelves. I also love inserting odd objects between the books to add interest to the line up. For example, a weird foot sculpture, a piggy bank...have fun with it.

  3. Zigzag - Start from the top on one side and work your way down in a zigzag pattern stacking books, topping with unique bowls or objects that add texture and interest, lining up books, inserting a plant here and there, maybe a picture frame etc.

  • Take a step back - Many a times as designers we style a shelf, rearrange it, style it again, rearrange it again, and again...and again. When things aren't feeling quite right, is always good to step away and come back to it. You just need to see if from a different perspective. The next time you feel yourself going down the rabbit hole, take your phone out and take a picture of it. Seeing it through different view can help point out the flaws, if any, or shine open up your eyes to what you were missing.

  • Repurpose - Give life to old items! Old picture frame...repaint it, stick a sweet photo in it and put it up. Pretty vase up in your cabinet you never use or is chipped, fill it with water and put some pretty plants or flowers in it. Weird but cool tchotchkes you inherited from grandma? Those are fair game too! There is no limit to how creative you can get.

The goal at the end of the day is to create balance and composition. There are no rules as to what goes...have a cool mask from mardi gras, a beautiful tea kettle you found at a thrift shop, an old decanter turned vase? You name it, doesn't matter! Have fun with what you're putting together...the more unique, the better!

Shop the look!

For a rainy day: Piggy Bank

Meeshie's must have cookbooks:


Check out some of our favorite shelfies from previous projects below.

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