Recently, I went over to style my client, Adrienne’s newly built living room bookcases. Here are my bookshelf styling tips that I use all the time!
Adrienne is a busy working mom with three kids aged six and under! She piled all her accessories on the shelves just to get them out of the way (she wanted you to know that she knows this doesn’t look good 🙂 ).
STEP ONE Empty all the shelves
You might as well dust while you are at it. Put all your accessories on your dining room table or floor.
I watched a few episodes of the Marie Kondo method on Netflix and I noticed that with organizing your clothes she recommends taking everything out of the closet first and piling it on the bed… sort of the same concept as mine about emptying your shelves completely! It’s important.
STEP TWO Layer art or larger family photos at the back of shelves. Place other large accessories on shelves aiming for symmetry.
For example, Adrienne’s photos of Napa were the first things on the shelves. I also always ask my clients what their favorite items are.
STEP THREE Display collections together
Notice the collection of white pottery below? I like to style things in three’s, too. They have a beverage refrigerator built in here so this makes a nice little bar (until the kids get in high school…but that’s another story).
STEP FOUR Fill in with books. You can use them to add prominence to some of your objects, too.
Make sure your items are pulled forward and not pushed to the back.
STEP FIVE Add plants or flowers, real or faux.
Isn’t Adrienne so cute??! We didn’t have to buy anything new for the shelves (she’s an avid flea market, HomeGoods and places like Crate and Barrel, etc., shopper). There is still furniture coming for the other side of this room.
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Back to Marie Kondo method on Netflix
Have you watched or read any of it? It’s all over blogland, and I was cynical at first as I feel I keep things fairly uncluttered… but NO…I’m really a hypocrite! My closets, pantry, kitchen shelves, and paper files are not making me happy.
Yesterday, I organized my purses as she says to (some inside of others with handles showing so you know where they are). I had three I was hanging on to as they were sort of expensive but never use them. You ask yourself “does this give me joy?” If not, it’s easier to let it go…and it works.
You might think I sound crazy so just watch three or four episodes and let me know what you think? I have a lot more work around the house to feel more joyful…but at least my purses are easy to find and access.
Wish you a joyful week!