My dining room shelves got a much needed makeover this past weekend. While I’ve had some random pieces on my shelves since the holidays, they just didn’t look thought out or put together.


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So, this weekend I cleared the shelves and attempted to change the look. I also got some new air plants (more on those later this week) and I was excited about incorporating them as well.


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Inspired By Charm

I don’t know about you, but when I decorate or style shelves, a mantel, or a bookcase, it always takes multiple attempts to get things looking right. And by multiple attempts I mean dozens and dozens of tweaks over the course of at least an hour or two.


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I find it best to start with a blank slate. Take everything off the shelves and dust / clean them. Then I take a moment to figure out the look I’m going for or story I want to tell. For now, I wanted something fresh and neutral with a hint of green. I then run around my house, gathering anything that I think will fit into this scheme and lay it all out on the dining room table. 


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Once I have everything I could possibly need, I start filling the shelves. I can’t say I really have any particular plan when I’m doing this, I just do what I think looks good. Just take your time and have fun with it. 


Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Sometimes it helps to set up your shelves and walk away for a few minutes and come back and look at them again. It’s such a visually stimulating process so it helps to give your mind a break and cut the frustration. 

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In the end, as long as you love it, that’s all that really matters. For more ideas, you can check out my shelves inspired by a lemonade stand and coffee bar, my Ode to Oz, or if you’re feeling seasonal, my holiday display.

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm


What do you think of this latest look?

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  • Maureen at

    Love how they came together! The crisp white and pops of green against the buttery yellow walls looks so fresh and springy!!

  • Amanda at

    Love it – it looks so bright and fresh and crisp! I just started following your blog a few weeks ago, but I have to say, I love your photographs! Have you ever done a tutorial on how to take photos or any editing you do?

  • Meg at

    looks great. but i am biased with my love of green, white and wood. speaking of green, did you paint that sideboard yourself and would you share the colour formula?

    thanks

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    You have such a touch with this type of thing. I can never really get it looking quite right, but I love how springy this is. And the little bit of green draws more attention to that great dresser.

  • Tonya @ Love of Family And Home at

    Love it! And I’m totally with you…it takes me multiple attempts before I can get things look the way I want them! Sometimes its a week (or two) long process for me!

  • Suesan Kennard at

    It’s beautiful. I love the colors. I have a very similar scale of my own. I really love the air plants.

  • Courtney at

    I love the fresh vibrancy of this. And you seriously hit the jackpot with that ironing board find. I list after it every time I see it. Well done, again!

  • Sharon Sheff at

    I think it looks great. The color combo really makes it pop. And I am so into white dishes, they will be in my next project which I am working on now. Great job!

  • Jenn Leigh at

    Very nice job and well balanced! Not too much of any one element…Want to come do mine 🙂

  • handmade_mama at

    Looks awesome, Michael. I agree–it takes me a while to do something like that and I need to keep working (or walk away and come back) until it feels right. It’s not all about how it looks. I have to feel that things are balanced, I like the shape, symmetry or a-symmetry, order of colors, etc. Once I can achieve a display I am comfortable with, it’s really something that brings me joy every time I look at it!

  • handmade_mama at

    Looks awesome, Michael. I agree–it takes me a while to do something like that and I need to keep working (or walk away and come back) until it feels right. It’s not all about how it looks. I have to feel that things are balanced, I like the shape, symmetry or a-symmetry, order of colors, etc. Once I can achieve a display I am comfortable with, it’s really something that brings me joy every time I look at it!

  • The Bold Abode at

    It’s so balanced and sophisticated! I love all the white pieces!

  • laughing abi at

    I love the way it looks but more than that I love that you explained your process. I always thought other people were able to throw things like this together in a few minutes and I was the only one who spent hours shifting things around. Thanks for sharing.

  • Pooh at

    Love it Michael! So fresh, crisp, yet warm and spring like!!!

  • Anonymous at

    I agree with previous posts. Very crisp & fresh. Thank you for the mini tutorial. It really does help. I am currently trying to figure out how to set up a coffee service area in my kitchen. Your pics from past displays were fantastic too. It has inspired me to think beyond coffee. I will have to patiently wait for this snow to leave so I can start scouring garage sales, auctions and flea markets for a few treasures. I enjoy your blog and always look forward to your pins. Happy Spring Michael! ~Terri

  • Dawn Engstrom at

    Michael! LOVE THIS! you have inspired me to create my own shelves. QUESTION..Where did you find the awesome pillow in your blog header? Love the colors, red, grey, yellow.

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  • Melanie at

    Looks wonderful, clean, and fresh!

  • Angie K. at

    So lovely (as always). Just ordered some air plants last week…can’t wait til they get here! 🙂

  • Stacey at

    This is way too pretty…and not fair that you have these skills and I don’t even have an inkling of them…

  • Holly Wilkins at

    You are ridiculous. This is amazing. How do you do it? We moved into our house last year, and we have this CRAZY wallpaper, which I love, but it really isn’t our style, I am trying to figure out how to do shelves in there, but anything I hang up really makes the wallpaper even more obnoxious. I think I will just have to paint!

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