How to Style Shelves

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A good bookshelf isn’t only for books anymore. Shelving is a great way to showcase your decor, and styling your shelving, whether it’s a bookcase, built-in (like my unit) or floating shelves, is a bit of an art. Want to nail the perfect Instagram ready #shelfie? These fundamentals will be your guide to making your space feel special. I shared my how to style shelves tips with the popular website, BC Living (where I am a regular contributor), and I also wanted to share them with you here!

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STEP 1: START CLEAN

Start with a blank slate. Remove everything from your shelving to start fresh.

STEP 2: COLOUR CONSISTENCY

Choose your colour palette and then stay within it to avoid a messy look. I’ve gone with whites, golds, and hits of colour. But you could be going for a more rustic look with warm woods and raw ceramics. Pull inspiration from your personal decor style.

STEP 3: BOOKS

I like to remove the sleeves from books to reveal their beautiful hard covers. A combination of stacking your books, as well as leaning them, will create a nice flow.

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STEP 4: RULE OF THREE

As you begin to style your shelves, start with the larger items as they will anchor the space. Groupings of three create attractive vignettes that draw the eye. Is it beautiful, sentimental or functional? These are questions to ask yourself when you’re deciding what to include on your shelves

STEP 5: ALL ABOUT TEXTURE

Layer in textures. I’ve used a marble cheese board against the back wall, and placed staggered items in front of the piece. This technique creates depth and a high-end feel.

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STEP 6: BLOOMING

Add in fresh or silk flowers in a bud vase (succulents make perfect shelf plants as long as you have lots of sunlight available) for that pretty pop of freshness

STEP 7: ADD IN ACCESSORIES

Now it’s time for your smaller objects and decor! Accessories are what will really bring it together. My favourites include a pretty candle, some raw quartz and vases.

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Sources: Vancouver Candle Co. in Fairview | Pineapple | Books: Love and Lemons, Lauren Conrad Celebrate, Simply Nigella | Cake stand (small)

The Perfect Party Backdrop

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m obsessed with flowers. Our home is always brimming with them, and I believe that fresh cut floral brings life to a space! It can be an expensive habit, but can you really put a price on happiness (ok, don’t answer that!).

On Glitter Guide, I shared by DIY that is perfect for spring. This blooming floral piece is so simple to do, and makes a really pretty backdrop for a shower, birthday, or get together! It really is the perfect party backdrop.

Here’s how I did it:

Buy loose flower stems from your florist, and trim them, leaving ample stem and leaves as those will be used to fasten to the twine. I’ve used peonies, ranunculus, quince in shade of pink

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Using washi tape (it’s cute, and will peel off easily), tape twine to the wall with plenty of slack in the middle – you’ll need to slack to twist around the stems

Starting on one side, place the florals against the twine, and simply twist the twine around the stem in between the leaves. This will secure them well, but work cautiously as you move to the next. Stand back and check out your work – do you want more bounty, or prefer a simpler result? Have fun with it!

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Keep in mind, the flowers have no water source, so they will wilt, therefore, don’t put this up too far in advance!

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Ikea Bedroom Hack

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We recently got a new bed (from Rothman & Co.), and the larger frame made it essential for us to replace our larger bedside tables with something more sleek. Enter our IKEA bedroom hack! It takes us forever to pull the trigger on new furniture, but sometimes, you find a gem at IKEA and snap it up! The bedside tables have more to them than you think – the drawer has internal shelves, along with a space in the back to feed through charger cords, therefore, hiding them inside. Our old beside tables had no drawers, and clutter was a serious issue. No one needs to see our vitamin bottles, right?!

The table on its own can look a little basic, so I wanted to add a special knob to it. I used raw quartz knobs on my recent dresser hack on Glitter Guide, and fell in love with them. I sourced out smaller and more affordable ones from Anthropologie, and they make the perfect detail. To add them on, R just drilled a hole, and fastened them in. Nothing more to it then that!

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I just love making a piece one of a kind. These are now not only space savers, and a perfect little piece of decor all our own!

New Spring Living Room Adds

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It takes me forever to pull the trigger on new items for our home. Sometimes it’s because R and I are at a standstill in our agreement of what we should add to our decor, but he’s honestly normally really agreeable, so I’m not complaining at all. I definitely get excited to add new decor into our home, and what better time than spring to refresh your space? Our old shag rug had run its course, and I couldn’t stand looking at it anymore (or looking at a big stain on it).

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It was time for a new rug, and after lotsa back and forth, R and I agreed on this wool braided beauty from Rugs USA. It’s soooo soft, and since it’s such a light colour, I’ve adopted a new rule of no slippers allowed. Oh boy, we will see how long that lasts.

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It’s so tough to order things online, and oftentimes, I just hope for the best. Since I’m in Canada, I order most things to my US post office, and drive over the border, so returning items isn’t possible. This means I have to choose wisely! I measured this little nook to ensure the table would fit, and it actually ended up being a bit larger than expected. I do think it still works though, and I love it.

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Our Stay at Rowena’s Inn

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I never understand until I’m away, but little getaways are so important to my soul. Since I own a business, I’m always go go go. I oftentimes forget about myself, and my mental and emotional health takes a backseat to the needs of others. I was so excited to get away (I even left my laptop at home!) for a few days to Rowena’s Inn at Pretty Estates out in Harrison Mills, about 90 minutes out of Vancouver. It started with such a scenic drive, getting out of the city bustle is a perfect start to any vacay!

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Rowena’s is a 1800’s manor run by the original owner of the home, Betty Ann. Her family occupied the manor, and she’s since converted it into the most charming inn, with several rooms, and the most gorgeous grounds full of family history. Sidenote: Um, how perfect would it be for a wedding?!

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There are also four charming luxury cottages with wood burning fireplaces (I was useless with this, but hubs kept it roaring all night long!), soaker jacuzzi tubs, and complete seclusion. It was the most relaxing few days, and since there are no TV’s (and we were there on Oscar night!), we really sunk into the bed (scrolling on our phones to see what everyone was wearing!), did some reading, and plenty of eating in their gorgeous restaurant.

We are already planning our trip back, and plan to stay for at least 3 nights… it was just THAT good. It also taught me how just a little staycation can really give me the break I need to stay productive and focused.