Food Stylist's Office: Shelf Styling 101

8/03/2011 09:32:00 AM

The "101" makes you think that I'm some kind of a styling guru, which I'm not. This is just a brief account of how I styled this massive shelf, which covers one entire wall.  (Though that 101 sure does looks good on a post title! haha)

I started with this..
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and this..
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We cleared out the shelves and laid out everything on the floor - piles upon piles of books, magazines, and other stuff that are too long to enumerate. 

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I started with books and magazines. I organized the magazine with the same titles together. Same colored spine are compiled together for a cleaner look.
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Added some more. I just randomly selected which shelf they went to just making sure that none of the groups were too aligned. I like the random but collected feel.
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Next layer were the decorative stuff such as bowls, plates, teapot, etc.
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Another layer was added. I tweaked and edited until I came to a look I like. I spaced out the colors and neutrals evenly so it will have a balanced feel. (White pots/plates beside colored books, while white/black books are beside colored accessories)
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Please take note that these photos are taken on an on-going cleaning/organizing spree, so please excuse all the mess. :)


Here they are up close...
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bookshelf, built-in, fun shelves, wallpapered shelves, green shelves, shelf styling, styled shelves

bookshelf, built-in, fun shelves, wallpapered shelves, green shelves, shelf styling, styled shelves

bookshelf, built-in, fun shelves, wallpapered shelves, green shelves, shelf styling, styled shelves

bookshelf, built-in, fun shelves, wallpapered shelves, green shelves, shelf styling, styled shelves

bookshelf, built-in, fun shelves, wallpapered shelves, green shelves, shelf styling, styled shelves

This is my first time to decorate a shelf on that scale, and I'm super thrilled with the result!

Watch out for the big reveal of this space very very soon.

8 comments

  1. This is sooooo nice :) I've always dreamed of having my own home office. When I get the space, I'd definitely think of getting you :)

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  2. It looks great!! Can't wait to see the rest!

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  3. Thank you! Will be posting the Big Reveal really soon. :)

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  4. nice! i love the colors. what material did you use for the pipe lighting? is it custom made?

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  5. SHELF LOVE!!! I think I could faint I love this so much! Beautiful.

    Laurel
    www.abundantempress.blogspot.com

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  6. Great job keeping everything balanced. It looks fantastic!

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  7. Absolutely fantastic! What a space to create!

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  8. Love what you did with the space you had. The book shelves look very clean and organized. Good job of planning.

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Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to hear what you think! :)

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