White after Labor Day? Yassss, especially when it’s in the form of an adorable animal objet d’art. Any of these would look amazing atop a stack of books on your shelves, or incorporate one or two into a winter-white tablescape for your next dinner party (what, it could happen).
True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.
First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:
Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.
Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.
To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.
TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.
GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.
Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!
‘Tis the season for a bathroom + product overhaul and this is the weekend to stock up… it’s tax-free weekend in Georgia! Here are some items we’re currently coveting. ATTN: Chipotle fans. There’s a little something special in here for you!
It’s hard to believe (for me, anyway), but Baby Ed is due in less than six weeks! I thought I would share the progress I’ve made on his nursery. It’s not 100% finished (I don’t think I’ve ever been totally “finished” with any project), but it’s definitely getting there. Baby Joe and I have had a lot of fun shopping and organizing – it’s definitely helped him get excited about the new addition to our family. If he only knew how his world is about to change…
Animal Illustrations // Etsy (check out these two inexpensive framing options from Walmart and Target)
The biggest news of our weekend: L (thanks to J’s eagle-eyed Facebook spotting) finally purchased the Eero Saarinen tulip table she has been dying for for YEARS. This tulip table produced by Knoll – usually upwards of $5,000 – was a gently-used STEAL at $825. We love that this mid-century design icon works with a variety of aesthetics and styles. L is pairing it with a knock-off Sputnik chandelier, fancy dinner and glassware, a classic federal sideboard (still on the wish list)…and a little chinoiserie. Cause we love all of those things.
In the spirit of the new year, we’ve been trying some new products / upgrading our usual stuff. Here are our five favorite new things. Hope you have a glitterous Friday!
Mrs Meyers Radish Soap – L was first to try this delicious new scent from Mrs. Meyers. Now we’re both obsessed. Has an invigorating, clean scent, which is great when you’re washing dishes and you’re feeling a little (or a lot) tired.
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara – We make our way through Rimmel products on the reg. We picked up their latest and greatest mascara a few weeks ago. LOVE the thick brush – coats evenly with no clumps.
Gold Foo Dogs – We both guard our homes with Foo Dogs. They’re believed to have powerful protective benefits, PLUS they’re super fun decorative accessories. L’s had her turquoise Foo Dogs for years, and J just scooped this gold pair from One Kings Lane.
Tory Burch Eau De Parfum Spray – New year, new scent. After going through several samples of this, J purchased the bottle. Solid decision. Not too heavy with a classic, clean smell. A++.
Have you ever wanted to decorate your home with iconic pieces you see and love in the movies? Us, too! Head over to the One Kings Lane Safe Haven Event. Everyone’s favorite home decor flash sale site One Kings Lane is selling actual items from the set of Nicholas Sparks’ new movie Safe Haven. There are some really cool pieces! And an extra bonus, proceeds go to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which is a nonprofit committed to inspiring and transforming students’ lives through education, curriculum development, and life changing international experiences, so they are prepared to embrace a life of being active learners and engaged global citizens. Check out this amazing sale before it ends on 2/16.
How can you resist? Now, if they only had one of these for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We want that bathtub sofa so bad!
Are any of you going to see Safe Haven and/or shop the sale? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo with your reviews!
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