i love searching the internet and my favorite blogs to see what treasures people have found and created. the other day i came across this image and immediately thought of my sister-in-law. it looked just like her. i quickly emailed her the picture, and as expected, she liked it too.
i love the mix of old and new. love it. i also think the idea of putting this shelf above a door is interesting as that space is usually wasted. you could create this shelf fairly easy with an old piece of wood and a couple brackets (bought or make your own). custom and homemade is always a little extra special…at least i think.
this morning i was looking through the new west elm catalog and stumbled across a similar image. sorry for the poor quality on this image. i took a picture of the catalog (couldn’t find the image online [page 40 of their March catalog])
here they used a really clean and modern shelf with some neat old accessories (and a couple new). an old paint brush some other wooden things… maybe candle molds… and some aluminum cylinders found here.
just by doing a quick ebay search i came up with these items that would look really neat on a shelf. all images are from ebay. i would include links by most of the auctions are ending soon.
most of these items were under $10 with shipping. but i’m sure if your searched around your house (or head to your local goodwill) you could find things even cheaper.
sometimes you need to look at the shapes and/or color of your objects rather than what the object actually is. i think that’s what make these two above shelves really simple. all the items work together really nicely. there are basically only 3 colors on each shelf.
i also think the silver element, present on both shelves, is really important. you can find those very cool aluminum cylinders here. or again, use what you have.
so, this post is basically for my sister-in-law, but maybe it will help some of you too. have fun with it. and use what makes you happy. these are only suggestions, not rules.