a well-styled shelf life.
by victoria comment


rustic open wood shelving. / sfgirlbybay

what would we do without shelves? we’d have nowhere to place our most treasured collections, books, or memorabilia. but one should never take a shelf for granted — a well-curated shelf is really one of your best friends. there are people who do it so well, and those are the shelves to emulate. leanne ford, kara rosenlund and sibella court know their way around styling a great looking, eclectic shelf. i like to think i’m pretty good at it, and not sure i have a method to my madness — so i find it a little hard to ‘teach’ so to speak, but keeping a well-balanced, cohesive color palette is key. not too many mismash of colors, just take for instance most of these shelves which sometimes are minimal, and some not so much — but the colors of the objects upon them are neutrals. black, tan, white — all of these look great together. which is not to say you can’t use color (like in the case of the green tones a few shelves down) but, just stay true to the color palette family, if that makes sense! the ultimate to desire is simply to show off those mementos that tell the story of you, so happy shelving!

vintage modern dining room with mirrored wall and picture rail. / sfgirlbybay

open white shelves with curated vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

shelf styling inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

small white shelves with wood brackets. / sfgirlbybay

marble shelf and backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

green ceramics, glassware and cactus paddles on simple wood shelves. / sfgirlbybay

simple white shelf styled with vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in bookcase styled with art objects. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage vignette styled on top of white bookcase. / sfgirlbybay

floating white shelves over folding wood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

simple ikea shelving with kitchen goods over wood cabinet with sink. / sfgirlbybay

shelf styling inspiration with curated vintage collection. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: lean timms; leanne ford interiors; kara rosenlund; light locations; planete deco; @generallyworn; interior collective; @lobsterandswan; death to stock; planete deco; @anouktaeymans; sarah sherman samuel’s office via my domaine; elisabeth heier; @emmagale_artist; remodelista; micasa; the socialite family; kara rosenlund; Hollie Bowden’s home via milk decoration; my scandinavian home; arlee park; micasa; hollie bowden.

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