I have to confess that I’ve been feeling a little itchy to rearrange! I used to move furniture like it was a sport, but I’ve settled down in recent years. It has a lot to do with the fact that I’m not buying and selling antiques currently, so I don’t have a steady stream of cool stuff, tempting me to continuously shuffle things around in my home to try out the latest find that I want to keep. I think it can also be attributed to the fact that my interests and creative pursuits have expanded. I am choosing to spend time at the easel or take an art class or learn to knit over repeatedly rearranging furniture and accessories. I am a little more content to keep things as they are instead of always trying something different. So, instead of causing complete upheaval in the living room, I made a few minor tweaks to the shelf styling on the built-ins.
It doesn’t look dramatically different, but I just gave things a little fluff and a nudge. I tightened up the shelf styling a bit and reworked things after removing the bits of Christmas I added to the space. I used mostly the same elements and kept the styling “moments” that I liked, but I added, moved, and edited a few things.
One thing I added was more books. I love using books when styling a shelf. They are an easy way to add height, color, and texture and, of course, they are fitting on a bookshelf!
I got some beautiful 1700’s French leather books (from THIS ETSY SHOP) last summer and tucked them on a few shelves. The leather adds a nice touch of warmth to the blue and white palette.
As do the antique wooden croquet balls.
When styling this shelf, I also moved around some of the blue and white transfer pieces to spread the color evenly over the entire arrangement.
One thing I love about styling is there really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. There are “rules” and guidelines, but they are broken all of the time with great results. It really comes down to what looks good to your eye. I played and fiddled a little bit until it looked good to my eye.
Another great thing about styling a shelf it doesn’t come with a long-term commitment. You can keep it that way for as long as you want and, when you’re ready to change it, you just change it! That means there is the freedom to try new things anytime you get the itch.
So, even though I felt a pull to scoot around furniture, that’s not really what this room needed. It just needed a little nudge.
If you’d like more tips on styling, you can find them HERE in a styling series I wrote a few years ago.