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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

But First, Let Me Take A Shelfie

Hey all!  Long time no see, read, blog.  I've been feeling sickly for the past few days, so I've taken a little time off from blogging.  George was also off work last week, so I was trying to spend every minute doing something fun with him.

So anyways, today I'm going to talk a bit about the house.  We have all of the furniture we originally ordered in, but it still feels pretty bare.  I guess you could say we're in the awkward phase between just moving in and being "settled."

I'm trying to take my time with decorating and find pieces that I really love.  It's tempting to run out and buy a bunch of stuff to make the house feel complete, but I know that I would eventually regret it when I found what I really wanted.

So having said that, I'm trying to decorate with things that I have laying around the house or items that I've purchased at a huge discount.  Today, I'm going to join in on the party hosted by One King's Lane and highlight my #shelfie (shelf styling).








We have the "Rhys" media collection from Pottery Barn, and Im really happy with it.  It's from our old house, so it's a little banged up, but that just adds character, right? Sadly, PB no longer sells it.

Let me first say that this is a definite work in progress, and I'm sure things will get changed around quite a bit.  I actually had everything done perfectly, but George changed it all around when he added the speakers.  :)  Whatevs.

I enjoy seeing pictures and personal photos around the house. As much as I'd love to use our wedding pictures and Gracie portraits everywhere, I don't want to look nuts and narcissistic with my face everywhere.

George and I had some framed pictures of our grandparents from our wedding's memory table, and I thought those would be perfect.  Eventually, I want to do a gallery wall along the stairs, but all in time.

Besides the grandparent pictures, George has some vintage medical encyclopedias that once belonged to his grandparents.  I like the different colors on the spines, and being that we're both medical people, I think they're perfect!

On the lower two shelves, I tried to limit anything breakable and/or harmful.  We have a ton of small kiddos in the family, so putting the glass items and breakable things up high is a must.





One tip that I've found very useful for styling shelves: take the dust jackets off of your books!  It makes such a difference, and you won't miss them.


The baskets on the low shelves were purchased at Gordman's for $14.99 a piece.  Mercury glass candle... $3.00 on clearance. 



I also like using a mix of color and black and white pictures.  I tried to use silver frames where I could to make them pop against the dark background of the shelves.  Eventually, I'd like to get the balls to paint/paper the backs...but for now, I'm leaving them alone.


That's all for now!  How do you style your #shelfies?


Also, don't forget June 2nd is the Favorite Things linkup!  Share your favorite things for June, and join in on the party!

7 comments :

  1. Love it! This is perfectly timed now that I'm about to move and have a very bare house with a clean slate to decorate.

    and woo!!! SATC!! second reference this week, I think its a interworld hint that I need to watch it again soon.

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  2. I just love your style. So classic and pulled together. I really need a new entertainment center, i need to check out PB.

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  3. HAHA! this title made me laugh! love the two towers (LOTR?) they look really nice! You have such a keen eye for design. Need you to come take some of my art! to put on your walls, so my place looks better! :)

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  4. We don't have any bookshelves or anything like that in our house, so all of our stuff stays in a closet! :/ But you did an awesome job organizing everything! It looks so good! :)

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  5. Heck yes the medical books is a awesome idea! Looks great. (I love this post title too, btw.) I'm sure you'll get the house looking fabulous in no time.

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  6. Nice shelves! They look great next to the TV. Love that you were watching SATC :)

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