Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. The sun has been nice, and even though I was disappointed in the rodent’s prediction, days like today keep me optimistic! Yesterday was the first Saturday in a long time with no plans, and I took full advantage. I gave my grand hutch a new wardrobe inside, and I’m excited to share it with you.
I think decorating open shelves can be intimidating to some, so I am taking this opportunity to share some inspiration. I’ll start out with the two open shelves in our kitchen.
I like the french farmhouse feel, a little vintage mixed in with a little modern. This Market Tote is linked for you in case you love it, it would be a great hint for Valentine’s Day ♥
Basically, when I style shelves, I create clusters of vignettes. Then depending on the overall space to fill, I just add it all together and adjust. Old books and greens are there to help us fill up space and add height. I feel the same way about glass jars and vases. Recycle those pickle jars, wine bottles, etc. and use them in your everyday decor.
Keeping that stuff on hand will help you shop your own home. You’ll be amazed at what a few jars and books can do when styling a space.
Next up is a small hutch just to the left of these 2 shelves in the kitchen. This hutch was re-finished by the talented Pam Dodd, owner of Born in the Barn. Go check our her Facebook page if you aren’t already familiar, you can keep up with her latest finds and updates. Hey… Spring also means the Barn Sale is right around the corner!
This hutch is narrow, so I like to keep this pretty simple. I want these two spaces in the kitchen to compliment each other. Cake stands are also good space fillers and stack nicely.
Now on to a little more challenging space. This hutch, too was painted by Pam, and is one of my favorite pieces in the house. I think I purchased this one at either the first or second barn sale.
I have struggled with this guy in the past. I felt like I needed to spread things out because of the side panels, but I have changed my thinking on that, and it has made it much easier.
I love my dough bowl, but honestly I struggle with it sometimes too! I don’t know why, I guess because of it’s size. So, yesterday when I was staring at a blank canvas, I wondered what it would look like on the bottom shelf, I instantly loved it, and it may never leave.
I have had my grandmother’s dishes put away, but I don’t know why! They have such an elegant farmhouse feel. Stacking and layering highlight special pieces in your decor. An area you are decorating can seem almost flat if you don’t layer and stack.
I want to highlight this spoon. I received it for Christmas, and it is handmade. I absolutely love the authentic look and feel. I have it linked for you as well, you will love this Etsy shop.
This time I brought in some faux hydrangeas to not only fill a space, but add layering which created visual warmth. Do you ever pluck the tops off faux flower stems?
I instantly loved the way the dough bowl’s wood tone created contrast, so I brought in a little more throughout. I layered a couple cutting boards, and I finally found an authentic wood bowl 😀
This china was given to my Oma and Opa for their wedding in the 1920’s. Isn’t just beautiful?
So there ya have it, I hope you can take a few pointers and apply them the next time you are styling your shelves. Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!
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Author and photos – Martha Knake
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