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Time for a Decor Refresh? Update Your Shelves Like a Pro.

Updated: Jun 5


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We are almost halfway through the year but it is never a bad idea to switch up your decor. I liken it to both putting up and taking down Christmas decor- it feels different and breathes some new life into your day to day. This doesn’t mean going out and buying all new items to change things up. I usually find the best way is incorporating  a little bit of old and a little new to give your space a fresh feel. Regardless- here are some trends we are seeing that may inspire you as you think about changing your mantle, shelves, coffee table or anywhere you display items.


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Breaking it down: All the parts & pieces


  • Branches:  We are still seeing the large, oversized branches at the islands or coffee tables, but they are starting to wane. Instead, opt for shorter (but still free form) branches. Curly willow is a great choice.

  • Flowers: Are always a good idea. I almost always have live seasonal flowers (thank you Trader Joes & Costco) on my kitchen island. Right now, rather than having a more formal type arrangement with several flowers, we are seeing asymmetrical arrangements that highlight just 1 type of flower. The bouquets have the feel that you just went out to the backyard and cut a bunch of the same flower and threw them in a vase which I think is great because it takes the pressure off of making it look perfect.

  • Books: The old, vintage binding ones are great, especially if they are in the same or similar colors- stack them or use them to elevate other interesting items.

  • Vases: All shapes and sizes (maybe put one on some of those books?)

  • Mainstream decor is  leaning more minimalistic. On a mantle a single large, well-placed vase on one side and stacked books on the other may be all you need. It's definitely more streamlined and well curated.

  • We are still seeing some maximalist-type vignettes but if you are going to go in that direction, the shelf or mantle must be carefully and thoughtfully edited. 

  • Small scaled artwork layered into a bookshelf or kitchen counter.

  • Beeswax taper candles: Look great as a pair or with several candlesticks in varying heights.

  • Frames: Not matching but coordinating with a unifying element (type of wood, all same material but different shapes/textures etc.)

  • Organic shapes- whether vases, trays or objects

  • Vintage pieces like oversized wooden spools and unique corbels used to elevate items or by themselves.


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Helpful Tips:


  • Try limiting the color palette to about 3 (can have variations in shades).

  • Remove everything from the space you are looking to change up so there is a fresh palette to start with. If you do that, sometimes it can be surprising how many new combinations emerge.

  • Pay attention to size and scale- different sizes create visual interest & balance.

  • Updating picture frames goes a long way.

  • Once you get it to a place you like, live with it for a couple of days then revisit to see if there’s anything you might change.

  • When doing more than one shelf, stand back and observe the whole thing: then pick 1 element to focus on such as a color. Observe only how that color is dispersed throughout the different shelves. If it is only concentrated in one or two areas, adjust until color is dispersed appropriately. Then pick another element, such as large scale items and stand back and scan the same way, adjusting items accordingly. Continue to do that until all elements are considered. This technique works really well for walls of shelves but can work with mantles or a single, long shelf as well.

  • Source vintage items through auction houses- there are great items to be found especially if you have something specific you are looking for.


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Where to get inspiration:

  • Pinterest

  • Instagram 

  • Designer’s websites

  • Go old-school: Magazines like Rue & Elle Decor

  • Many magazines have weekly online photo inspiration

  • Brick and Mortar stores


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Links: some favorites




Are you updating your decor for the spring and summer season? Are there other places we missed where do you find your inspiration? Let us know below!

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Lisa

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