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I’m so excited to share my first Design Consultation with you guys! My friend Lizzie contacted me because she needed some help decluttering and styling the built-in area in her living room. Bookshelf styling is my favorite, so I couldn’t wait to jump right in! The budget was $100, so we were trying to work with things that she already had. Here is the before:
Prior to finding any items, I always like to sketch out what is in my head for a few reasons:
- It helps me to see what elements are needed to fix the space.
- It helps my client with the placement of the elements so that they can achieve the vision!
Once the vision is laid out, I go shopping for items to link to my client! For her space, here is what I chose:
I love these in the white ceramic pot to brighten the room! The pot is sometimes available directly from the grower which helps. I have a few Costa Farms plants and they are fantastic!
Because she did not want to paint her shelves, switching out the frames for brighter ones helped to break up the dark wood! She actually opted to spend some of her budget on pillows, so she painted her current frames instead. I love how flexible these can be!
Leaning books in these can help break up the continuity of books on a shelf, and adds some visual interest! This set from Amazon is a major bargain buy, and I use them often in designs!
Again, anything that adds brightness and greenery to dark shelves is your friend! This little set of four is an awesome group and easy to split between your shelves! My client actually found some that were similar but slightly larger and went with those. That’s the fun thing about my digital consults! I make suggestions, but ultimately you can wing it and achieve the look with what you find if you want!
Ultimately, she pivoted a tiny bit and went with white chicken wire baskets, cotton stems (her cat eats plants, and fiddles aren’t good for cats!) and some clear jugs she found at Target. Either way, the shelves look much less cluttered, much brighter, and what is most important is that my friend loves her new space!