You guys were such good sports (and so helpful!) last week when I asked for you opinions about my updated entryway decor that I thought I’d give it another shot this week—this time with the built-in shelving in our living room.
As a quick refresher (or in case you’ve never seen it) here’s what they looked like when I first “completed” this room (is a room ever complete? I think not).
I didn’t want to buy anything new for the shelves, and the decision to rearrange them was a bit spur-of-the-moment, so I mostly just took what was already on there and rearranged it a bit (I did pull a few things from other places too). So, now it looks like this:
Pretty similar, right? The most notable additions are my Barnes and Noble leather bound book collection, which used to find a home on the opposite side of the room. Oh, and my Anthropologie Trinket and Treasure candlestick knock-offs, which have migrated all over the house at this point.
Of course, both of those additions add a considerable pop of color and height, which makes me really happy…with the top two shelves, anyway. I’ll show you a few more shots of the close-ups, and then you guys can weigh in (please?).
As with everything in my house, pretty much every item on this shelf is either thrifted, DIYed, or from Hobby Lobby’s 90% off decor aisle. My favorite details here are the bicycles (both from Goodwill, although I got them on two separate trips, oddly enough).
I’m also a pretty big fan of my $2 “Bountiful Blessings” pumpkin candle (75% off from Lifeway), my key art (Hobby Lobby, 90% off), and my scrapbook-page-covered books.
The “Family” sign is from Goodwill too—probably a whopping 80 cents. I gave it a coat of spray paint in the closest thing to ivory that I could find at the time, but since discovering Krylon’s Dover White, I think I may have to go back and repaint it soon. It would pop a lot more if it were a crisper color, I think.
Aaaaaah. I really like the light-colored accents with the jolts of jewel-tone colors from those gorgeous books.
I also stole my Goodwill lamps from my entryway buffet, and I’m loving the way the light catches the gold flecks on their bases.
When in doubt, always buys $4 pink carnations from the grocery store. I guarantee you an instant mood lift.
When I did the “knob tour” of my house a while back, several people asked for a close up of this collage of me and Della. My best friend from childhood shot these pictures for us almost two years ago, and I put them together for Shaun for Father’s Day…two years ago. Man, time flies!
Okay, so what do I need your help with this time?
Weeeeeellll, that’s the thing. I don’t really know.
As I said, I really like the top two shelves, but the lower the shelving goes, the less happy I am with it. There’s just a lot of space to fill, but the last three shelves are considerably shorter, which makes it harder to use large accent pieces to fill lots of space like I did at the top. and that means smaller items and more of them, which gives it a bit of a cluttered look.
Eclectic, I dig. Knickknacky? Not so much.
So tell me: am I overanalyzing? (Okay, I think we all know the answer to that is yes; it’s just a shelf).
But I know you brilliant people can give me some great suggestions for simplifying without killing the funky vibe I like so much.
Here it is the whole-shelf shot again with my thoughts so far:
So, what do you think? Leave well enough alone? Or keep tweaking?