I love how this shelf wraps around the doorway.
I love how nowadays it’s so easy to make up a new word and have it spread like wildfire. If you’re a design nerd and have an Instagram account; I’m sure you’ve heard of a “shelfie.” Essentially, a photo of a shelf. Get it? Shelfie? Clever, I know.
Enough on lexicon. More on shelves now.
Styled shelves can really make a place. Since clutter gives me anxiety, but somehow I have a ton of tchotchkes in my house (hehem, thanks husband), I think shelves are the perfect place to corral those items that don’t really have a purpose other than to make you smile. Also a good place for small sentimental items.
The other obvious, and necessary, shelf contender are books. Seriously, I would be weary of a person that has no books in their home (or some type of adult beverage for that matter). I love a good styled bookshelf. Books mixed with baubles, photos and plants – done. Some sparseness is also good though. It allows some “breathing” room and allows the eye to focus on items of interest.
Question: are you anti-organize books by color? Do you buy books based on color? I think it really depends on how it all comes together. Look at the top picture – they turned all the spines in to hide the colors; I’m somewhat a fan.
A “guideline” I like is the Rule of Three. In essence, in design, odd numbers are more attractive to the eye. So a little chaos is good. After all, we’re human and we live in our home; it can’t be too staged.
Love the makeshift bar on this shelf.
If I had space in my apartment, I would love to put a metal shelf like this one with all my plants.
I love that top print and the bottom one.
Such a beautiful collection of artifacts.
Here’s a gorgeous one with a gallery wall. I like how they integrated the decor from the top of shelves to the wall.
And if you’re hooked and want to see more shelfies, here you go.