Styling shelves can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be…

When inspiration struck to decorate my kitchen shelves for Easter/Spring I started with a jumping off point of knowing I would use these precious bunny plates from Pottery Barn

Shelf styling is a common struggle when it comes to home decorating. A blank, flat surface with a million possibilities…where do you start?? Let me bring you inside my decor brain. (You’ll have to push aside the faux florals and bead strands to find a seat.😉) An empty shelf is a canvas ready to be brought to life by your creativity and personal style. Have fun with it! To get started choose a theme or color scheme. Are these shelves going to be left the same for awhile or changed out seasonally? Either way, start by getting a plan together for the elements and the colors you want to feature.

The idea I had in mind when decorating my shelves last summer was to bring the feeling of the outdoors in. I used terracotta pots and greenery with some woods and whites to ground the look.

Start with a blank slate

The first thing I do after determining the look I’m going for on my shelves is give myself a blank slate. Previously I had my shelves styled for Valentine’s Day, so first I clear off the existing decor. There are some neutral items I use as a base layer on my shelves quite a bit, so those items stay close at hand. Give the shelves a good dusting, then we’re ready to create or masterpiece!!

As I clear the shelves I group items into categories. The seasonal items I’m done with go into a group and then get cleared off my work surface to make room for the new items coming in.

Now let’s add a base layer

The shelves in my kitchen are not very wide, but that doesn’t stop me from adding layers of decor to create visual interest and texture. I start by placing the base layer, which I’d say are the anchor pieces for the shelves. I tend to stick with a pretty similar base with my shelf decor. Cutting boards, antique Ironstone pieces I pick up from the thrift store or antique mall, corbels, etc… To get started I place the anchor pieces where I think they’ll look best, like pictured below, but let’s face it… they will probably be shifted quite a bit as I continue to add elements to the shelves.

I start with a neutral base layer. Since these shelves are in the kitchen I typically decorate them with items used in the kitchen.

Time to start adding our Seasonal elements

The second layer I add is the seasonal or themed elements. I’m styling the shelves for the upcoming spring & Easter season, so I’m bringing in bunnies and blooms. When I looked through my spring decor I knew my bunny plates would be the key pieces that I’d be working around. I have the matching dinner plates so I decided to try to tie those in as well.

When I’m layering plates on my shelves I use drawer gripper to hold them in place. I cut small squares and place it under the edges.
Here you can see that I layered a cutting board in front of the decorative metal tile piece. I then added the floral plate in front of that. Layers upon layers!!

Time for some florals

Now that we have our anchors and themed layers in place let’s bring in a bit of texture with greenery and florals. These real touch faux tulips (pictured above) are one of my favorite florals to use in my spring decor. I placed some in a few white creamers I’ve collected over time and as you see they become an added layer to our shelves.

I add a touch of faux greenery in front of the plate to add a bit of texture and movement to the space.
This sweet little vase was a gift from my godparents a few years back. I love adding it to my shelves, but it needs a bit of height added so it can be seen better. I use tiny wood slices to help raise up small items. I found the wood slices at Hobby Lobby.
Depending on the season, try adding different colors and textures of greenery. I added this lighter wispy greenery to a small green vase I picked up from a garage sale a few years back. I placed it in front of the white corbel to help it stand out.

Now for the final touches

To finish things off add in the small details. Since I’m decorating the shelves for Easter of course I decided to bring in some eggs. Find little pockets of space and layer the small detail items in. Add in other details for texture. For this shelf style I added decor bead strands and nests.

Using different sizes and colors helps add to the interest of the decor.
To help this aquamarine glass bead strand stand out , I draped it over an old spindle I found at an outdoor flea market.

Creating a space you love takes time

Don’t worry if after you finish your space you aren’t in love. Look it over and see if there are pieces that need to be removed or switched around. It usually takes a few tries before I have things just how I want them. There’s also a mess to be made when it comes to decorating. Let it happen… there’s beauty in the chaos, and you can clean it up after you have the project complete.

This is what my countertop looked like as I was decorating my shelves. A swirl of cast aside items I decided not to use, extra items that I pulled out thinking they might get used, my coffee (typically forgotten and cold by the time I’m done) and random greenery.

Something I didn’t touch on was tying in areas that are close by. For example, I have a cake stand beside my coffee maker. Take elements used on your shelves and tie them into nearby areas as well.

I used a white pitcher with more of the faux tulips to tie into the area I used them on the shelves. I also added a bunny, nest, eggs, and decor beads to tie the space together.

Now it’s your turn…

Okay, now tell me, did this help you gain confidence in styling your shelves? I hope you have pulled some inspiration to use these tips for styling shelves or a table top in your home. The key is to have fun and not let it get overwhelming. Start with your theme and build from your anchor pieces. You’ve got this!!

Tips for Styling Kitchen Shelves

patriotic home decor for 4th of July and summer styling

Adding festive, patriotic touches to your home decor this summer can be both easy & inexpensive

I love adding seasonal touches to my home for every holiday. When it comes to summer decor I keep things pretty simple and let my plants and flowers be the stars of the show. As Fourth of July draws nearer though, I love pulling out pops of red white & blue! The shelves in my kitchen are my favorite area to decorate for each season, so they get a full transformation.

Go-to pieces for my kitchen shelves are a mix of Ironstone pieces, cutting boards, and greenery. I add in a few seasonal pieces to add a festive look.
When I style my shelves I always add layers to add interest and dimension to the space.
Did you know we have a shop where we sell handcrafted home decor items? Click the shop tab on our home page to check out the items we have to offer. Among the items we offer are our handcrafted decor bead strands. I love changing out my strands seasonally to add a pop of texture and color to my vignettes.
This 4th of July sign was made using an inexpensive canvas from Hobby Lobby. I painted it with red acrylic paint and used a chalk marker to add the message. A very easy way to add a seasonal touch!
Thrift stores and antique malls are my favorite spots to find beautiful antique dishes. They are great for using as kitchen shelf decor.

You don’t have to go all out with your seasonal decor. Simple changes can make a big impact

In the main living area things are kept easy by simply adding flags to my existing greenery & switching out the throw pillows and blankets. Of course decor bead strands always play a part in my decor, so those get changed out to some festive strands with pops of patriotic colors.

For this area the changes were very basic. I added a patriotic pillow to my basket and a flag in the vase of greenery
Mini flags are an inexpensive way to add instant festive touches to your decor

If you only do one thing to decorate for 4th of July put up flags

The number one tip I give when it comes to adding an instant festive touch to your home decor for the Fourth of July…flags!!! My motto is the more flags the better!! I typically buy my mini flags in a pack of 3 in the Target dollar spot. The larger size are very inexpensive as well. I pay $1-$3 for the larger size depending on where I’m shopping. The great thing about flags is they are the symbol for our country, so right away you associate them with Independence Day. Pop those bad boys in every plant, floral arrangement or vase you can find and show pride for the USA!

I love collecting antique milk glass and pitchers. They are the perfect addition to 4th of July decor

Gather red, white or blue home accent pieces and splash them into your vignettes

Another way to add some seasonal color is through dishes and accent pieces. I try to keep most of my home decor accents neutral so they can be versatile. When the base is neutral it’s easy to add pops of seasonal color. The red cake stand I used on my table can be used for 4th of July, Christmas or even Valentine’s Day. That pop of color draws the eye and can really make an impact among an otherwise neutral blend of items.

Milk glass, and antique pitchers & creamers are some of my favorite items to use year-round in my kitchen decor. They add interest while at the same time being versatile due to the neutral color. On my table I grounded the centerpiece with one of our handcrafted trays and layered red & white accents with some pops of greenery and a few flags. I love incorporating my antique dishes into vignettes in the kitchen, so I added a stack of antique plates to add some height. The touch of gold on the rim ties in with the gold on the flags.

Over the years I’ve gathered a few small signs to add into my decor for the Fourth of July. I love shopping at Hobby Lobby after the holiday is over and snagging items like signs and small accent pieces at great sale prices. Etsy has some unique and beautiful patriotic signs as well.

Once the holiday is over the transition back to neutral decor is easy.

I take down my patriotic decor about a week after 4th of July. When I’m ready to change things up it will be as simple as removing the flags and pulling out the pops of seasonal color.

The blue and white beads in this decor strand work great for 4th of July. They are very versatile though & can be used all season long
An inexpensive throw pillow and flag were the only items added to this space to switch it up for the 4th of July. The bead strands can be left, or switched out after the holiday.
I love adding layers to my vignette with old books. I have a variety of colors to switch out for the seasons. Here I added the red book and flag to for a patriotic touch. When the holiday is over I can remove the flag from the plant and switch out the book. Easy-peasy!
For this vignette the decor bead strand has a pop of blue that can extend through summer. I will take away the flag and change the message on my chalkboard and viola, this space is back to a simple summer look.
Little white pitchers and cutting boards are a staple in my kitchen decor. When the time comes to take down my patriotic decor I’ll simply pull the flags out of these pitchers. The neutral base will be great as is, or I may add a seasonal floral to one of the pitchers.

My main focus for this post was to show how simple it can be to add festive touches for 4th of July.

You don’t have to get super fancy or spend a lot of money. Using what you already have on hand and adding in just a few seasonal pieces and flags can totally transform your space. Have fun adding mini flags to your outdoor space to pull the festivities outdoors! I love adding mini flags to all my planters and a bunting above our garage too.

Happy Decorating!!

Angie

Easily add patriotic flair to your home for 4th of July

Styling decor beads in your home. Decor bead strands add texture and beauty to your home

Decor beads are a fun and easy way to add interest & beauty to any vignette

One of the most frequently asked questions I get about the products we make is, “what are decor beads strands?” My answer…they are a beautiful decor accent piece that adds a pop of texture and interest to a vignette. But how exactly do you style them? If you’ve never used them before you may not see a use for them. Prepare to fall in love because I am going to show you a few ways to easily incorporate them into your home decor.

Draping a strand of decor beads over a book stack is one of the most common way to display them.

Did you know we handcraft and sell a variety of décor bead strands in our shop? I started crafting the strands years ago as a hobby. I am so humbled to now have the opportunity to have the strands I create become a part of our customers homes. It’s definitely a pinch me moment to think about the fact that the strands I’ve created are now in people’s homes all over the country!

When it comes to creating a vignette it is important to include layers

Let’s talk layers! When it comes to decorating my home, just like a cake, the more layers the better!! If we’re sticking to a cake analogy, and why not?!… Then think of the decor beads as the pretty layer of extra frosting on the cake. Not the base layer, we’re talking the beautiful added layer of frosting flowers and balloons that as a kid we’d fight over. (Okay, I’ll admit, even as an adult I still want that piece.) So the beads aren’t the frosting on the cake, they are the extra frosting… ya baby!!

Here I incorporated a wood & glass mixed strand of beads with seasonal colors to add an extra layer of visual interest.

How many strands is too many?? Answer: You can never have too many!

Once you see how easily a vignette is transformed by adding decor beads to it, you will realize you want them in every vignette. I’m not just saying that because I sell them. Truly they make styling your home so much fun!

Pictured is one of our looped strands. I placed it at the base of a candle to add extra texture to this vignette.
Our full glass strands make a statement. Pictured is the pale blush with ivory tassel.
There’s really no rhyme or reason to how you style the beads. I draped this strand on an old book to add that extra layer with the candle and brass bunny.
Our Aquamarine full glass strand is one of my favorite colors to use in spring and summer. Here I draped it over an old flea market spindle that I painted.
Our jumbo looped strands make a statement with their oversized tassel. A large vase is the perfect way to display a jumbo looped strand.

Changing decor strands out seasonally is the perfect way to incorporate the colors of the season throughout your home

If you are wanting to add in a seasonal touch, or incorporate a color scheme into a space our glass strands always make a statement. The wood and glass strands are full of texture, so you can’t go wrong there either. We are constantly adding new colors and patterns of strands to our shop. It is fun to let the colors of the season inspire us to create new options for our customers.

For my Valentine’s Day shelf decor I added a strand of wood beads with a blush pink tassel. The color tied into the shades of pink I used throughout this space.

You Can never go wrong with neutral

Not sure where to start?? Decorating is supposed to be fun, so don’t overthink it. If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to adding decor bead strands to your home…go neutral. Neutral strands can be used year round and fit into any style or color scheme in your home.

I added a wood strand with cream tassel to this vessel to keep things neutral. Candles and a touch of greenery finish off the look.

Are you ready to add the extra frosting to your cake?

Alrighty, are you inspired to incorporate decor beads into your decor? I hope this was a helpful way to get your creative juices flowing. Now, go style those beads and tag us on Instagram to show how you styled that extra layer of “frosting” to your decor.

Styling Decor Bead Strands in Your Home