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How to Style Shelves

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Back when we did our reader survey, many of you said that you wanted more tips & tricks on how to make every inch of your home look good. Well we heard you loud and clear, and we are so excited to share some of our favorite styling tips with you.

Now, let’s first say that we’re not professional stylists. Far from it! Instead, we like to think that with all of the time we’ve spent “tweaking” the accessories within our homes, we’ve gained some insight and knowledge along the way. So we’re not experts, but we’re definitely not beginners either.

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The first thing on our styling list? Our Ikea shelves. We both have them in our homes and absolutely love them. But don’t worry if you haven’t tackled this DIY project. Our tips will apply to just about any shelves you have…including bookshelves.

output_EveMnGHere’s how we achieved the look above in just a few steps…

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1. START WITH A BLANK SLATE: When hanging shelves, drill into a stud if possible. If that’s not possible with your creative vision, then be sure to use some heavy duty anchors. A shelf that doesn’t support much weight isn’t very useful, so be sure to secure those bad boys to the wall. Also, be smart when spacing the shelves. 8-12 inches should be just fine. You can stretch it to 15 though, depending on the items you plan to display. Before you get to styling though, remove absolutely everything and start with a blank slate. Layer-with-frames2. LAYER IT UP: When it comes to styling, it’s all about creating depth. Layering mirrors, frames, and art is always a good idea. Sometimes it’s easier to add these pieces at the end, but you can start with them like we did here. Just think outside the box when it comes to your frames, because 4×6 photos can get a little monotonous. Here are some fun options…

  • Mirrors
  • Monogrammed Art (Like our thumbtack art)
  • Frame Free Prints
  • Frame Watercolor Pictures
  • Record Albums (like the Chicago album in the photo)

Remove-Plants3. BOOKS: You guys obviously know that we love styling just about everything with books. I mean they’re just pretty darn fabulous when it comes to adding height, texture, and color to a space. Here are some things to remember though…

  • Hardcover books are best, the thicker the better!
  • Ditch the book jacket
  • Collect hardcover books in certain colors (we love white, navy, yellow, and blue…shocking, I know!)
  • Check out the title. We usually don’t really care what the title says, but it is neat when there is a theme of books displayed together
  • Do not pay more than $2 for any one book, unless of course you want to read the book…that’s a different story. If you’re picking out books for decoration, two bucks is being generous
  • If you’re building your “library” check out estate sales, thrift shops, and even your local library for old, hardcover books on the cheap

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4. ADD GREENERY: Many people are against faux plants…not these two chicas. We will gladly display any small fake plant or succulent. A majority of the plants we buy are from Ikea (this one & this one), because they’re pretty great for only $5! We then find fun planters for them to add some color, style, and to make them look a little more real. So remember, greenery is a must when styling and it really helps to bring some warmth and freshness onto any shelf. Loaded-Shelves5. FINISH OFF WITH SMALL TOUCHES: A ceramic bowl of coins, colorful coral, or an old camera all add a little somethin’ somethin’ to this display. If you love an item, then display it! This is your chance to have some fun and show off your personality. Souvenirs, collections, family mementos, everything is acceptable for this step.  We like to incorporate old & new (most of the new items found at our favorite shopping spot, HomeGoods!) But here are some things to keep in mind as you accessorize…

  • Group items in odd numbers..it’s all about 3’s & 5’s
  • Keep things proportional. Large, Medium, & Small items work well together in 3’s
  • Use accessories (like the vase & corral above, both HomeGoods finds) to act as unique bookends
  • Place small accessories on top of books to give them height
  • Less is more. Don’t overcrowd your shelves. Instead let your favorite items shine in the spotlight!

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So there you have it, 5 steps to good-looking shelves. Now we must warn you, with these new styling skills you have you’re going to waste many hours tweaking every area of your home. It’s the – tweak – step back and gaze – and tweak some more – cycle. Yep join the party, people!

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9 thoughts on “How to Style Shelves

  1. Nikki Simmerson

    Loverly! Maybe I can finally teach my husband that shelves can hold things other than just books…

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  2. Diana

    I’ve read many shelf styling tutorials and learn something new every time. And it makes me want to redo every shelf in my house! Thanks! =)

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  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In

    I need those white shelves (please convince my boyfriend this is a need and not a want.) And, I need ya’ll to come style them for me. Pennsylvania is beautiful… you’ll love it. 😉

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Hi Lee Ann! It’s a thrift store find that was originally a light wood and I spray painted it white! So sorry I can’t be of more help

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9 thoughts on “How to Style Shelves

  1. Nikki Simmerson

    Loverly! Maybe I can finally teach my husband that shelves can hold things other than just books…

    Reply
  2. Diana

    I’ve read many shelf styling tutorials and learn something new every time. And it makes me want to redo every shelf in my house! Thanks! =)

    Reply
  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In

    I need those white shelves (please convince my boyfriend this is a need and not a want.) And, I need ya’ll to come style them for me. Pennsylvania is beautiful… you’ll love it. 😉

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Hi Lee Ann! It’s a thrift store find that was originally a light wood and I spray painted it white! So sorry I can’t be of more help

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VIDEO: Charging Station Tutorial

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Last August, Bridget shared a project that she deemed “life changing.” beside charging stationTo say she is obsessed with her bedside charging station would be an understatement. The girl can’t get enough of this decorative way to charge her devices.

We recently shared this simple DIY project on an episode of Weekend Workbench on WGN. The episode was all about making your home smarter though technology, and we think our charging station definitely fit in with the episode theme.

If you’re looking to make your tech gadgets less of an eyesore, check out the video below.

We’ll have more Weekend Workbench videos coming your way soon (& by soon we mean early next week!)

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  1. Jenn

    Great video ladies!
    I’m not sure if this information is somewhere else on your blog… but where are those nightstands from?? Love!

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    Great video ladies!
    I’m not sure if this information is somewhere else on your blog… but where are those nightstands from?? Love!

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How to Arrange Long-Stemmed Roses

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Now that it’s officially spring, I just can’t seem to get enough fresh flowers. I just love bringing a little of the outdoors right into our home. They smell wonderful, they look cheery and bright, and they give me hope that soon the outdoors will be warm and alive again!

How to arrange long-stem roses

While I love getting fresh bouquets on the cheap at the grocery store, I’ve never been great at arranging those flowers once I get them home. I typically just trim up the bottoms and throw them in a vase without much thinking. But I’m trying to get better to channel my inner florist!
Long-stemmed white roses
I find long-stemmed roses to be especially challenging to arrange. I love the way they look all bundled together, but once you put them in a tall vase they all spread out and scatter.  Lately I’ve been lovin’ rounded bowl vases, especially because they keep all of the blooms close together and bundled. They’re a little different and they’re fun to use to decorate. You can put a low bowl of flowers on a coffee table, styled on a bookshelf, or on a dresser.
Rounded bowl vase
Today I’m going to show you how you can easily arrange long-stemmed roses in a bowl just like this one. The best part is you’ll most likely have all of these supplies on hand at home.
I learned this only a couple months ago, when I purchased a few bunches of blooms for our home. The flowers were all gorgeous, but I was struggling when it came to arranging them. So I headed to Youtube and watched a few flower arranging videos. Man oh man, did that help! That’s where I learned the technique that I’m going to show you today!
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Just grab some clear Scotch tape and some scissors. That’s all you need!
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1. First you’ll want to trim the roses so they fit in the bowl. Just use a sharp pair of scissors and cut the stem on an angle.  This will prevent the stems from laying flat on the bottom of the vase, which might inhibit their water intake.
2. Then be sure to take off any of the leaves that will rest below the water line. You’ll most likely have a clean stem that is all ready to be placed in the low vase of water.
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3. Next, take your Scotch tape and put a few pieces of tape horizontally across the top of the bowl. Make sure they’re secure on each side, but don’t let the tape go too far down the sides of the bowl. You don’t want to see the tape on the sides when you have your flowers all arranged.
Make a tape grid
4. Repeat the same process with more tape to create a little grid across the top of the vase.
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5. Take your cut roses and arrange them using the taped up grid on the top of the vase. The grid will help hold the stems in place so they don’t flop to the side. You can trim the roses up more to make sure the roses fill the entire bowl and fit.How to arrange long-stem roses
That was pretty darn easy…wasn’t it?! Now you have a beautifully arranged bowl of flowers that would be a welcome addition to any home! Look at you channeling your inner florist.Marble-Coffee-Table-Tray
White roses arrangement
So next time you hit up the grocery store, be sure to throw in a fresh bouquet of roses into your cart. I promise it will take you less than 15 minutes to create a gorgeous display for your home.Pink-Roses-Fresh-Flowers
Happy Spring!
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  1. Anonymous

    Just so y’all know, you shouldn’t use scissors on flower stems! It seals them closed so they can’t get water as easily. Use a really sharp knife and slice diagonally to keep the stems open!

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    Just so y’all know, you shouldn’t use scissors on flower stems! It seals them closed so they can’t get water as easily. Use a really sharp knife and slice diagonally to keep the stems open!

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