October 1, 2012

Chunky Shelves Styling Sources

Happy October everyone!

Did anyone else watch the premieres of Dexter and Homeland last night? What did you think? Both seasons look like they're going to be crazy good this year! Speaking of crazy good, guess what happened to me/my blog yesterday?

It was around 10 am when I rolled over to check my phone to see what time it was. At some point during the night my phone had shut itself off so I took the battery out, put it back in and turned my phone on.

After it booted up, I started checking my e-mails and saw that I had one from Twitter that contained a tweet from Chelsea at Two Twenty One that said this:

Ummm, what?! I didn't believe what I was reading at first so I hopped out of bed and got on my computer to confirm the news. Yes, Censational Girl did in fact feature the $15 chunky wooden floating shelves I DIY'd in her 'Best of the Blogosphere' roundup earlier in the morning!

Shocked doesn't even begin to describe how I was feeling when I saw my shelves on her site. I'm forever grateful to whoever (whomever?) pointed her or her scout, Amanda, my way and I'm so happy that my little blog didn't crash as my page views skyrocketed throughout the day haha

Anyway, welcome new readers!

I had planned on revealing my newly painted powder room to you today but a lot of people had commented on the styling of my shelves and one person asked if I could do a roundup of where I got everything so that's what's in store for you today!

I tend to shop for decorative accessories in the same places and my two go-to stores are HomeGoods and Target:

Occasionally I'll find something at IKEA or West Elm but neither store has a retail location less than 2 hours away and shipping can be expensive. I like going to Goodwill to find things too but it's always hit or miss when I go so I don't shop there as often as I should.

Funny story: the night before I posted my tutorial, I actually stopped at HomeGoods and bought the following things to style my shelves with:

  • The two rusted balls on the top shelf
  • The thick black and tan book underneath the white vase (it was only $5!)
  • The mustard yellow Ginger jar
  • All 6 hand towels in the "ETC" basket (that I bought from Target the weekend before)
  • The mustard yellow monkey

I also bought some other things that didn't make the cut but those will be used in future vignettes :)

To style the shelves, I mixed in a variety of items I already had on hand with the new HomeGoods finds and tried to keep things as simple as possible. None of the items were very expensive and I think the most I spent on one of them was $20.

I'm definitely not a styling expert and after looking at these pictures, there's some things I'd like to tweak but I'm happy with how everything looks for the most part!

Make sure to check back tomorrow to see what color I painted my powder room and to see if I mixed things up on the shelves :)

Does styling come easy to you? Where do you go to shop for decorative accessories?


  1. Congrats on your feature!! That's so exciting.

    I have a lot of trouble styling. I'm not great with items that fit spaces well, I'm more into just buying stuff that I like and hoping I can make it work. That's why I currently have 4 owls in the living room. I need to come up with a better system.

  2. I saw you on BOTB too! Congrats on the mention and your shelves look awesome.

  3. Woohoo! I'm with Brandi...I need to work on my styling! But really I just need places to style first.

  4. Brandi - Thanks! I'm still pinching myself haha I do the same thing too! Every time I buy something my boyfriend always asks me "where are you going to put it?" or "what are you going to do with it?" and I always tell him that I'll figure it out later haha

    Helen - Thanks Helen! :)

    Crystal - Me too! Well, I mean, I need more places to style haha I miss the fireplace mantel I had in my condo and I really need to get some kind of surface in our dining room to put things on. No places to style = no Halloween decorations!

  5. Congrats on the BOTB! I saw it yesterday too! Doesn't it feel awesome?
    And I did watch Dexter and Homeland! I'm a huge fan of Dexter but I don't know if I like the fact that Debra knows now!!!!


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