There are certain things that are staples in creating well-stylized shelves, like books, vases, and other decorative objects...but don't over-look the opportunity to add depth, interest and a unique twist by including unexpected items.
Some of the surprise things I have on my shelves include mementoes given to me by dear friends from their international travels, and family keepsakes.
JEWELRY, SALAD SERVERS & HEIRLOOM SUGAR BOWL
Yes, chunky jewelry, wooden salad servers and heirloom sugar bowls aren't what you typically see on open shelves in living rooms, but why not? I love the added dimension and story that they bring to my space.
What interesting treasures do you have tucked away that you could include as decor? Think out-side-the-box by shifting your mind away from the utility of the item and instead notice it's sculptural shape, it's color, and details.
Take for instance this gorgeous malachite necklace, earrings and bracelet that were given to me by my sweet friend when she lived in Russia. As a collection they add the just the right pop of color and intrigue, and show off brilliantly against the corner of the white stacked books.
A sugar bowl from my husband's, grandma's China collection adds the perfect airy shape, and just the right amount of color.
Can you see the wooden salad servers on top of the stacked books? They were given to me by another sweet friend when she returned from a trip to Africa. They add the perfect amount of natural wood, texture, and shape. I even love how they're still lashed together with a natural fiber tie, just like they were when she gave them to me years ago.
THE TAKE AWAY
- Think out-side-the-box, include things for their inherent beauty, not their utility.
- Use unexpected treasures to add interest & depth and for story telling.
- Adding unexpected things to your shelves doesn't mean it has to look home spun. You can have a refined, well-thought-out, uncluttered look by being judicious with what you include.
Happy Sunday, friends!