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How I Style My Shelves

For the past few weeks, it’s been on my mind that I have a set of shelves in serious need of styling. I bought the cabinet in my local British Heart Foundation store (seriously, I get the best furniture in there!) and it cost a mere £45. The only problem is, for the past few weeks it’s been piled high with envelopes, papers, make-up, food and general debris. It became my dumping ground and styling it was something I never quite managed to cross off my to-do list. That is, until last week when I woke up and thought ‘I only need to do one thing today…. style those shelves!’. And so I did. I spent a few rather lovely hours taking all the junk off the shelves and slowly styling them up to look super cute. I thought it was about time I shared some tips on how to style shelves… let’s go!

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How To Style A Shelfie

I don’t really know why it took me so long to knuckle down and style these shelves. I mean, it’s not exactly a hard job, nor is it unpleasant. In fact, I had a rather lovely morning dusting it down and carefully arranging everything so it looked just right. It probably only took me a couple of hours and I love the results. Seriously, if you have a shelf in need of some TLC, I urge you to step away from your laptop / phone and do it. It’s really fun gathering together your cute trinkets and arranging them with a few pot plants, candles and pieces of art until you can step back and think ‘Ah! That looks SO GOOD!’. I’m not gonna lie, it feels great! In terms of how to style a shelfie, my best tip would be to have a theme, for instance, everything I’ve got here is colourful and cute, but if your style is more minimalist, pick out loads of items which are simple and more tonal. Then try and cluster items, for instance layering frames over each other and putting candles together in a row. Also, try and mix up all the shapes of the items. For instance, the frames are angular but the plant is more rounded and natural, the candles are smaller and the cactus is tall. You want it to look like a cohesive collection, with lots of interesting shapes and sizes to keep things interesting. Also, make sure you leave gaps as negative space is just as important and the objects themselves!

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Shelfie Highlights

Oh la la! So as much as I LOVE everything on display here, I do have a few favourite items in here! The cat print is too cute, it’s by Oliver Bonas and I LOVE it! I’ve got such a big style crush on Oliver Bonas, they make such playful items, which still feel really grown up. The pink vase is also from OB, as is the cat candle… like I said, I’m a big fan! The flamingo teapot is by Paperchase and I think it’s the cutest thing ever. Also the green plant pot, faux cacti and macramé are all from Matalan. FYI, Matalan are killing it right now when it comes to homewares, the macramé was only £12!

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Shop My Shelfie

Faux Cactus

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Cat Art Print

Pink Letterboard

Macramé Wall Hanging

Cat Candle

Black Candle

Pink Vase

Green Plant pot

Flamingo Teapot

Peppermint Grove Glass Candle

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  1. Lisa Autumn
    June 25, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Girl this looks amazing! So colourful and creative 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • fashionforlunch
      June 25, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much! That means so much to me! xxx

  2. Erin
    June 25, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I always love looking at your home, its so beautiful, so colourful, and so unique, also the flamingo tea pot is just complete GOALS! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • fashionforlunch
      June 26, 2018 / 10:10 pm

      aw thank you so much erin! you are SO kind!!! xxxx

  3. June 27, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Oh I love a styled shelf. Aren’t the British Heart Foundation shops brilliant? Think you’ve got the balance beautifully of books and cool home pieces x

    • fashionforlunch
      June 27, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Thank you so much lucy, I’m so glad you like it, i love all your home styling!
      The BHF stores are amazing! xxxxx