How to Style Your Shelves in Four Easy Steps

Our home has a lot of built-ins, so I get a lot of practice styling shelves. One of my favorite parts of January is starting with a clean slate after taking down all the holiday decor. We spent some time cleaning out and getting rid of a bunch of extra stuff this winter, so I decided it was time to re-style these shelves. I will show you some tips that you can use in your own home.

Step 1: Start with a clean slate. Take everything off and start fresh. I ended up using a lot of what was already here, but by starting fresh you will come up with new ideas. DSC_0674

Step 2: Add stacks of books. Most of our books are on another set of shelves, so I just grabbed some of the prettier vintage ones for these shelves. You can stack them on top of each other, side by side, or a combo of both. I like to do both, because it adds interest and the stacked side works as a book end for the side by side end. This way you need less book ends! I have also seen books styled backwards, if you want to limit the color palette and just see the pages side. You can also style them by the color of the spine. Just note that both of these options are not at all functional. If you actually use these books, then the better way is to group them by subject matter. I once styled my shelves by color and finding the book I was looking for was not easy.

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Step 3: Add your objects by adding similar ones at the same time. For instance I started by adding all of the wooden items. Think about balance, and move them around as you go.

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Next I added the objects that have strong lines, like the metal horse, deer and tree. Then I filled in more with the brass vases. While adding your items, think about balance. You want to balance out the colors and shapes. You could also experiment with grouping colors (all brass on one shelf, books on another, etc…).

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Keep adding items until it feels right. I kept the top shelf open, because nothing really fit well up there. Then I had an idea!

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Step 4: Plants! I moved some of my plants to fill in the top shelf. I also added one to another shelf to balance it. Plants make everything better, so don’t be afraid to put them everywhere, even your shelves!DSC_0697

Here are my shelves from another angle. Don’t forget you can stack objects too. I added a small brass vase on top of a wooden box, and objects on top of some stacked books. Think about height on each shelf and white space around objects you want to highlight. For instance, the metal horse I love and wanted it to be a focal point. So I kept the object around it at a distance so that you can really see the shape of the horse against the white background.  dsc08891.jpg

I hope this helped you have some confidence in styling your own shelves. Don’t forget that you can always change it up, move it around, have fun! After seeing these photos, I already see a few things I will move. Don’t be afraid of having to make everything perfect, just get started and enjoy the process. A few of these items on my shelves are actually available in my brand*eye home shop, so as they sell I get to continually restyle my shelves.

Some other options of things to add are photo frames, small paintings, fresh flowers in vases; the options are endless! What do you love to add to your shelves? And let me know if you use any of these tips.

 

Christmas Decor

 

We had the perfect snow day yesterday and I spent it decorating the house for Christmas. Winnie spent it cuddled up in “her” chair with a quilt, and Dave ripped out the carpet in the dining room. He also made a homemade pasta and meatball dinner. I was definitely the winner yesterday! DSC_0994

It’s so fun to be able to change up the house after I have a pop up shop. It’s like I get to start with a clean slate and I usually mix in my shop items. It was especially fun this year with the glass collection that I have amassed. Most of the items below are actually for sale in my shop. Some are not yet listed. You can message me for anything that you see, except the ceramic tree, that is all MINE. DSC_0003

The above is the minimalist holiday design, with just lights and vintage glassware. And  below is the maximalist with lots of trees added. Which do you prefer? DSC_0007

I collect Christmas trees and my collection has grown quite a bit over the years. I try to buy or craft some new ones each year, so the collection is always expanding. The ones on the right below were crafted last year. And the jeweled tree was a gift from my parents. It is an antique and oh so cute. I have 4 of them, which I’ll have to get better pics of. DSC_0008

We switched around some seating and moved this piece of our sectional to this nook. I think it makes this part of our house so cozy! What do you think?

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It was the perfect amount of snow to make everything beautiful! DSC_0024

Here is the house all aglow last night. As you can see, Winnie pretty much didn’t leave that spot all day. I used tinsel on the tree this year and I LOVE IT! Every year I look for it and can never find any. But last year I found some at a yard sale. Score! DSC_0043DSC_0055

The tree is decorated with lots of birds, tinsel, lights and round glass ornaments in silver, orange and blue. DSC_0058DSC_0061

DSC_0065DSC_0068Have you decorated your tree yet this year? What was your theme or color palette?

POP UP Shop Tomorrow!

Hey everyone! The POP Up shop is tomorrow Saturday, December 2nd. I’ve been busy all week getting ready for it and am so excited to have you all join us! This year I will have a bunch of friends joining me. You can read all about these talented friends in the last post here.

I’ll have lots of vintage home goods including pitchers, glassware, kitchenware, pottery, art and candlesticks.

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Vintage pottery

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Philadwellphia Feature

I am so very excited to announce that our home was featured on Philadwellphia, which is a local mid century modern home website. Check out all the gorgeous photos that were shot for the feature. They also have a lot tidbits and info about us and our home. It was built in 1963 by a local architect, Robert Morrison.

Check out the link HEREMorrison-House-Exterior-1

The craziest thing happened when this was posted. My Mom shared the feature on her facebook page and we found out that a nurse that she used to work with is a nurse for the architect of this home! As you will read in the article, the architect built this home for his family and they lived here for almost 50 years. We feel so lucky and honored to be able to live in this amazing home. It’s like living in a tree house and our friends have nicknamed it Ewok Village.

I’d love it if you check out the article and comment here with your favorite room. Mine is the living room/kitchen area.

And here is a link to a post about it from my old blog shortly after we moved in.

Yard Work

We absolutely love our yard and the many garden areas. But it is definitely hard work to keep it looking nice! I actually really enjoy doing yard work, however, I have been so busy lately that I have been severely neglecting it. This morning we had a couple of free hours and tackled some weeds that look more like trees, and the never-ending battle with the ivy. DSC_0011DSC_0012

For the love of god, don’t ever plant ivy. I have to say it does cover an area nicely, but it won’t ever stop growing and it will become a life long battle to keep it in check.

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Above is one of Winnie’s favorite spots, right in the sun. Below is an area that has especially been neglected. That area is at least 60% weeds.

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The tree below is my favorite tree in our yard. It gives perfect dappled light right over this whole area.

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Spring

In my opinion, the best season is spring! Each year it seems to get better and better. After months of cold weather and barren trees, it’s so amazing to see everything sprout to life. Here is a little trip around our gardens.

Bathroom Remodel Complete

Our bathroom remodel is complete! We are so happy with how it turned out and had a great experience with the remodeling company that we used, d remodeling. They turned this bathroom around in less than two weeks and it looks spectacular.


I am planning to hang plants above the shower area, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. The ceiling is higher in that area and there is a window above, so it will be a perfect spot to hang plants. The tile is from The Tile Shop and the details are as follows:

  • Marble tile on the main wall is Venatura Nero Polished
  • Floor tile is Charcoal Blend Gatsby
  • Side wall tile is Leyre Gris

You can see the before here.

Bathroom Update

Here is a sneak peak of the progress in the bathroom. The tile has been installed and the grouting has begun.

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This is where the tub will go. It’s a white freestanding tub and will also function as a shower. dsc07382

I am absolutely in love with this marble tile, and the mosaic tile on the floor. dsc07380

We are using d remodeling for the work and they have been absolutely fantastic to work with. I highly recommend them for anyone in the Philadelphia area looking for a remodeling firm.

Happy New Year!

Bathroom Remodel

I have some exciting news to share with you. We are remodeling our bathrooms! Maybe it’s just me, but I could spend every day’s lunch  break walking through tile shops, designing the perfect bathroom in my head. I finally made some decisions on tile and they are laying the new tile as I type!

Here are some before photos. The wall to the right is actually staying in all it’s 80s trim glory. We are trying to keep the cost down and the tile is nice and neutral, so it will stay on this wall.

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The area around the tub is leaking and so we decided to gut it. It’s going to be a glorious standing tub, with the back wall covered in large marble tiles, and the sides in a large format grey subway shape tile.

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Here is a sneak peak of the tiles. The bottom mosaic tile will be on the floor.

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The remodel also inspired us to move our master bedroom to the back of the house so we can enjoy this new bathroom. The back of the house has two rooms, which share a Jack and Jill bathroom. We will be taking over this area and our current  bedroom will become my sewing room and guest bedroom. I never even got a chance to show you what we did to my craft room over the summer. We (Dave) ripped up the carpet and painted the floors this amazing shade of blue, which looks terrible in this photo.

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This room will become our dressing room, and the other side will have our bed. The one downside to all of this is that we have to sell our Crate and Barrel Tate Bed. It just won’t fit in the new space. It’s currently on craigslist, so if you’re interested, hit me up!

Stay tuned for more updates on the remodel!