Happy Thursday everyone! This week has been so gloomy and gray and it’s making me more and more impatient for Spring to arrive. I’m just dying to get back outside or not be freezing cold or wet when I step out the door. At least it’s almost the weekend, and we have visitors coming and staying the night! Yay! I wanted to share some of our previous home renos and upgrades and I thought I’d start with our living room built-ins and fire place.
When Steele and I moved into our current home we were fortunate enough to have a great “base” to work worth with. The walls were all painted a great gray, floors were a dark laminate and the tile was a neutral gray mix. Yes there were things we wanted to change right away but it was move in ready and had a lot of great potential.
The living room had one large plain wall so we decided to add a gas fireplace, mantel and built-ins on both sides. There was nowhere to really decorate other than on the walls, so I was super excited about these shelves and extra storage.
I already knew I wanted simple and white. Even though I had that main decision made I still did a lot of looking on Pinterest. I wanted to be able to show the carpenter the look I was going for, which was simple with clean lines. I chose to have shaker style cabinet doors on the bottom and plain trim with no detail to frame the shelves and finish off the top. I had also decided I wanted to have adjustable shelves that were stained instead of painted white.
We were so happy with how it all turned out. Not only did it transform our space, but it also provided storage and was the perfect spot to display some of our favourite things. I’m forever changing things up and finding new treasures but I just love the look we’ve got right now. I love being able to display important photos, add different textures to the space and display bits and pieces of things that reflect our sense of style. Well…it’s mostly stuff I like. Steele just lets me do my thing; he shows interest when I ask for his opinion and that works for me
Shelf styling should reflect who you are, what you like and give off a specific “look”. Like I said before I like to add texture and I think doing this adds visual interest. I did that by adding folded throw blankets in all sorts of different materials (knitted, wool, fur, quilted), books, picture frames, glass vases, a metal basket, etc. Don’t get me wrong though, sometimes having only one texture like filling a whole shelf or unit with white ceramic objects looks great too. I think it all depends on your space and the look you’re trying to achieve. I think consistency is also the key to a unified looking shelving display. You need to stick with a consistent look to tie everything together. If you look at the inspiration photos I included below, you can see one has a monochrome earthy feel throughout and the other two have more of a fun, quirky theme with gold and white figurines and bright colours. So figure out what “look” you’re going for and keep that in mind when you’re out shopping.
I’ve rearranged our shelf décor a few times but I always find myself doing similar things. I love the look of stacked or leaning books in similar colours or all one colour. I also like having some shelves with one large object (usually on the upper shelves), or two similar objects staggered that are two different heights. Collecting objects is usually a process and doesn’t just happen over night. Some of the things I have are from antique hunting, thrifting and trips to Home Sense, but I surprisingly had a lot of it already. Some of the books I had were textbooks I kept from college, which were perfect because I took Interior Design and they reflected a part of who I am and what I’m interested in. Like decorative pillows I also have a love for cozy throw blankets and had most of the ones displayed. You’d be surprised what you can find around your house!
Shelf decorating options are so endless and it’s so easy to change things up and switch up the style by just adding or removing a few things. That’s why I love having these built-ins! Here are some inspiration images for you to take a look at.
What style do you prefer? Are you more of a minimalist or do you love the look of a shelf stuffed full of books and other treasures?
Happy Thursday everyone and thanks for stopping by! xo