an open armoire or hutch with dishes.
Sometimes a whole bank or cupboard of shelves can feel overwhelming
to know what is just right.
But honestly, they don’t have to be.
It is simple.
Just decorate with what you love.
Books, china, family photographs, statues- you name it.
Out in the cottage- my favorite built -in bookshelves flank the fireplace.
My sons and husband built these bookshelves when renovating the cottage
and created them to have a vintage look even though they are brand new.
I have changed them from displaying white dishes for styling or magazine projects
to my favorite display- which is covering those shelves with vintage books.
In the small kitchen in the cottage- it is more about useful display.
Jars of extra spices, chocolate chips and sugar and flour
are mixed in with a few everyday dishes.
There is very limited storage in this teeny tiny kitchen
and not a lot of area for tucking extras so some of the storage goes on the shelves.
But it can be pretty nonetheless.
Mixed with stacks of bowls and cups on the shelves, it keeps things within reach
and is charming at the same time.
One of my favorite display areas in our house is this gorgeous piece.
Though most of time I leave the top doors closed- because I love the look-
when the doors are open- the display truly warms up the room
To a few gold and pink floral accents
Maybe a collection of transferware or silver
and at Christmas time –
I love to accent with fresh greens
So how do you know what is the right way to style those shelves?
Do you stack books or do you line them up?
Should the dishes be all a similar size and shape on each shelf?
Do you put something tall then something short, then tall again?
Honestly, I think there are quite a few schools of thought on that
and will readily admit that I probably am not following the
‘proper’ way of styling any of my shelves.
But you know, rebel over here- so show me a rule
and I will take it as a challenge to break it.
For me, I simply place things as I like them
step back and make adjustments and repeat.
So I think the best advice on styling your shelves is to just play with them
until you get them the way you like.
Happy Sunday everyone
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