Changes for the Fall

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Honeywell. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help to make this blog possible.

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I feel like I say that every Monday (and I probably do), but I mean it.

I can’t believe we are already halfway through September. It feels like time just speeds up as the year progresses. Does it feel that way to you, too?

As I mentioned last week, I’m preparing for a fall home tour on Wednesday. This weekend I spent some time doing a bit of fall cleaning and decorating. One area I’ve been meaning to tackle for quite a while is the shelving in my office / living room. I styled the shelves some time back and have since let them collect dust. With a new season here, I thought I’d try something a bit different.

I began by clearing everything off and giving the shelves a good dusting. (The bookcases can be fond here.)

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

Much better! With that completed, I decided to organize my shelves by color. Each section would have a color focus. Extra shelves, would be white accessories and brass and gold would be accents to tie everything together. I began by placing a few items on each shelf to get an idea of where I wanted each color to go.

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

Once that was determined, I spent a good two hours styling my shelves and listening to music. As I explained last time I did a post like this, there are a few things I like to keep in mind when styling any space. Here’s a quick reminder:

Function – decide what you need this space to do.
Color – stay within your color palette.
Shapes – use a variety of shapes to create balance and add diversity.
Texture / Pattern – add various textures to create visual interest.
Spacing – leave some empty space (It’s the difference between collected and cluttered.)
Foliage – bring in flowers and plants to complete a space.
Sparkle – add something with a little bling – glass, metallic, mirrors, crystals, etc.
Personal – incorporate things that are meaningful and special to you.

I find that if I follow these tips, I’m much more likely to get a balanced and beautiful result. After lots of trial and error, my shelves had a fresh new look for fall.

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

I’m totally loving the color blocking. If you look closely, you’ll also notice another new addition to the space.

With fall on the brain and cooler temperatures sneaking in, I felt my thermostat deserved a stylish upgrade. When the folks at Honeywell contacted me to try out their new Lyric Thermostat, of course, I said, “Yes, please!”

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

With their app-based installation (no complex manuals) to follow, my Lyric was installed quicker than it took me to re-style my shelves.

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

I’m so glad I made the switch! My favorite feature is being able to control the Lyric from my phone or iPad. When I’m tucked into bed late at night and feeling too cold or too hot, I don’t need to slip out of bed and run downstairs. It’s the best.

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

Not only that, but it can be set to self-adjust for night time temperatures, based on your workout schedule, whether you’re home, etc. This adds up to energy savings, too, which my wallet definitely needs.

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

All in all, this little makeover is looking pretty smart and totally colorful, don’t you think?

Fall Shelf Styling | Inspired by Charm

And don’t forget to join me back here on Wednesday when I’ll be sharing the rest of my fall-infused space.

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  • lucy Ann at

    HoneyWell is a good company. And you have best choice, your house is great!

  • Alvin B. Fenwick at

    love the way you decorate the bookselves in your home. it looks so terrific and awesome.

  • Mark Tee at

    Thanks for sharing . Your house is great 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank YOU!

      xo Michael

  • Katie Bobb at

    I really like that there’s so much color, and I totally want to steal that adorable little aqua sumo wrestler guy! Even the book are color coordinated, which is great. My OCD digs that 😉

  • Teri at


    I love your idea of color blocking. The shelves look awesome. My favorite is your terrarium – did you make it yourself?


  • Kim@NewlyWoodwards at

    I love all the colors – and the shelves are just awesome on their own.

  • Courtney at

    Fly to Nashville and redo my house?! PLEASEEEEEE

  • Taylor C at

    I love the color coordinated shelving. It looks so fun and organized 🙂 I’m a new follower and hooked already. I hope you had a great weekend, too!

  • 204 Park at

    Such cool shelves- gotta love CB2! You did an awesome job restyling them. I hope you post pictures of the home tour!! Xo, Sarah

  • Melissa in North Carolina at

    Looks good! Your bookshelves remind me of the fabulous Christmas tree you did in a specturm of layered colors. LOVE THAT!!!

  • TracyG at

    Great job, Michael. I love the sumo wrestler and the pink gourd.

  • Emily at

    Hi Michael, the shelves look fantastic. Can you tell me the spec for the wall paint?

  • Elle at

    It’s even better than before! You keep topping yourself. I wish I had a scintilla of your talent.

  • Cynthia at


    You’re answer is impecible of course! And I must correct myself, which you gracious did not : ), that pink is still my fav~ and it’s not top right…. instead, well, you know where it is !!

    Enjoy what you like, hold on to it, and keep your creativity flowing!

    Stay well!

    ps If ever you feel like coming to Minnesota and The Mall of America I (my sweetie too) would be honored to host you and show you our city~

  • Terri at

    The book shelves look fantastic and I love the color arrangement. What a happy space!

  • Cynthia at

    Hi Michael~

    I have to say I wasn’t sure when you shared your plan, and then when I saw the start I was less sure but you totally won me over! I love it. Top right, pink is my very favorite~ pink is always my very favorite so you could have blown that shelf and I would have stood by it!

    I have a question? Are these your favorite things~ Do you have any attachment to them other than for photo’s? Do they come and go for the blog? Or are you loyal to them? Just curious as I am once again surrounded by my “must haves” after a flood in our home, on main floor and basement, after over 3 months ago~ of course with the exception of what is gone forever : ( I love new fresh things as well. Are you must haves tucked away or are they in plain sight?

    Stay well and keep up your fresh looks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      Thanks! To answer your questions, a little of both. So, I struggle with a need to have a bunch of beautiful things. I tend to buy more than what I need. However, I can somewhat justify some of it as it’s my job and my hobby.

      Over time, certain things get weeded out, and I keep and display the things I love the most. Currently on the shelf are some DIY projects that I love, pieces from travel, gifts, and pieces that make me happy.

      If you look back to my previous post about styling these shelves, you’ll notice a lot of the same things. Other than the pink gourd and mini pumpkins, I bought nothing new to style these.

      I hope that help to answer your questions. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Jen at

    Can you tell me where you got those shelves from?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Of course Jen, they are from (I also added a link above.)

      xo Michael

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