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8.10.2011

Decorating Shelves - Everyday Kitchen Shelf Decor

I have been sharing all the fun things that we bought for our "everyday" kitchen shelf look, but I realized that I hadn't shown an entire photo! (my bad)
Here it is!
 


I knew I wanted to work in some greenery and floral items, but I didn't want them to LOOK fake-y. So these yellow blossoms and moss covered orbs were perfect!
The plate and small birdhouse brought the perfect touch of aqua (that's popping up in the rest of my house) into the space, without being overwhelming or looking out of place. I chose the birdhouse because I already had the vintage bird prints, and I chose the aqua plate because it was more of a modern piece that I knew would mix in well with the other more traditional elements.
I am trying to break the curse I have of "clumping", when decorating. I've always had the habit of gathering things together in little groups, and then when I stand back to assess my decorating, I notice that everything seems like it's in it's own little pile, instead of making a large beautiful decorated landscape.
Does anyone else have this problem?
So for this everyday look I knew I wanted to try a more symmetrical feel, mostly because that's always what I'm attracted to when I am gathering inspiration for decorating a space. There's just something about this layout that makes things appear cleaner and more "put together" as a whole.


What do ya think!? Are you a fan of the symmetrical decorating tactic? Do you have a plan of action when decorating, or do you just buy/collect and then figure it out as you go?

DECOR INFO:
Small pots - IKEA - Spray painted white - $.49 each
Green moss orbs - Tai Pan Trading - $.99 each
Yellow blossoms - Tai Pan - $2.99 each (3 in each pitcher)
White pitchers - Tai Pan - $2.99 each
Green moss wreath - Tai Pan - $8.99
Vintage Window - Free
Small Bird - Home Again Consignment Midvale - $1.50
Decorative Plates & Birdhouse - ZGallerie - $2.99 and $7.99
Vintage Bird Prints - Down to Earth @ Gardner Village SLC - $12.99 each
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45 comments:

  1. What is the wall color in these photos? I really love it with the white and black!

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  2. I have major clumping habits when decorating! And I'm so glad I'm not the only one. Haha. Luckily, I have awesome friends that help me out though. Also, your incredibly beautiful and helpful blog =) THANK YOU!!

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  3. Shelly, I love that while there is some symmetry, it's not all symmetrical. I especially love the top shelf arrangement. Brilliant!

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  4. I love it, so bright and happy! I am a "clumper" too, almost every time I have to re-do a vignette because things are grouped together.

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  5. Hi Shelley, I come and look at your blog... almost everyday :) your home is so pretty and bright! loooove it! I'm new to the blog world, and it has been a pleasure going through your makeovers and ideas! I saw your cute little aqua bird house and just wanted to let you know that your style has been totally copied onto national television (I like to think that anyway):) I dont know if you have seen any of the episodes to Bachelor Pad... it just started but anyway those little guys (aqua bird houses)are ALL over the house!! I like to think, "hey those are on houseofsmith's they must of gotten the idea from there!" ..... I always like to see things in my own place on tv, so thought you would too. Happy hump day!

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  6. I think it looks beautiful!! Great photos too!

    Love it!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  7. Love! I've been thinking about adding open shelves to the telephone nook in our kitchen (which we don't use - no landline) and this post just pushed me over the edge. Ikea tonight!

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  8. LOVE it!!! So cute! I miss all of the great shops at Gardner Village since I moved to AZ. It is nice though, to live vicariously through the blogs. Thanks for sharing

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  9. It looks AWESOME, Shelley! I love the symmetrical look!

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  10. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your shelves. I'd like to do this in my dining room.

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  11. I can't believe how inexpensive each of the items are. You pulled together a wonderful look that seems expensive!

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  12. Ingenious!! I've been struggling with the decor above our kitchen cabinets (that's like a big shelf, right?). Your statement about clumping totally made sense... I'm off to go "un-clump" a few things... Thank you!!

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  13. oh i want that birdhouse!!! currently going through a serious turq/aqua phase!

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  14. You give fantastic tips!

    I love symmetrical :)

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  15. I tend to like BALANCED, but not symmetrical....
    I love how you've done this shelf and especially the aqua colour. It's made it's way here and there in my house too!

    Beautiful, as usual!

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  16. I love how the pops of color all come together into one aesthetically pleasing point

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  17. It looks beautiful! I have a question for you..What do you think is a good height(space) measurement between the two shelves? I have two similar shelves and am torn how far apart to space them. Thanks in advance :)
    www.johnsonfamily23@blogspot.com

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  18. Love it! So clean and fresh. Also lots of shapes patterns and textures. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Where is zgallerie? I love the birdhouse!

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  20. Shelley, I love this shelf area in your kitchen. So much I'm tearing down wallpaper in my bathroom and dining room to repaint and then repaint the kitchen, something brighter. I have a very open house and not a lot of walls so I can't have a shelf like yours but it's the inspiration for my house makeover. Yippee!!

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  21. Love it! Nice, clean and simple! :-)
    Courtney
    http://theadkinsfamily1.blogspot.com/

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  22. So beautiful! I especially love the yellow blossoms. :-)

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  23. Oh joy! Love the white shelves, and the yellow and aqua combo! It's so fresh and modern. ;)

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  24. I just love you shelves...They are such a peppy uplifting happy idea, Heart! I am not sure why I thought you had painted chairs at your table, but when I saw them in your picture unpainted it threw me off a bit. Haha. I totally pictured your table with all deferent colored chairs! I can't wait to finnish my dinning space, you've given me so many great ideas!

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  25. Saving this to my "inspiration" folder -- love it!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  26. I love your kitchen shelves. I always look forward to see what you're going to do to them next. Reminds me of storefront window displays that change out with the holidays and the seasons....but with the pizazz we've grown to love from the HofS;) BEAUTIFUL!

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  27. You always do such cute things. My house will be cute because of you!!! Thanks :)

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  28. Love what you have created this time!!!
    Beautiful!!!


    Pearl

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  29. Looks fabulous! How do you edit your photos to make all your white stuff white?

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  30. Question, where did you get your corbels for the shelves? They are beautiful!! Love this DIY project, yours is gorgeous!!!

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  31. Just gorgeous! I love Tai pan and Down to earth at Gardner villag3e. You decorate so beautifully!

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  32. i love seeing how you update that wall/shelf! so creative and always looks great!!!! i've had you on my blogroll for awhile and love checking in to see what is new!
    molly

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  33. Love it! I pinned it for inspiration in my kitchen.

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  34. Love your SHELVES!!! Please tell me where I can find those!!!!!

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  35. I love all of your ideas...your blog is AMAZING!! It looks like you change your shelving decor out quite frequently...do you store your previous decor or get rid of it? I would love to know if you have any good ideas on storing the decor you're not using at the time? I hate clutter and I'm an organizing freak...which limits me in changing items out...ya know:) Also, I would love to see room by room how you've decorated your house...thanks for the blog...keep up the good work!

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  36. I love all of your ideas...your blog is AMAZING! It looks like you change the decor on your shelves frequently...do you usually store your old decor or get rid of it? I would love to know if you have any great ideas for storing items if you keep the decor. I hate clutter and I'm an organizing junkie so it limits me on changing my decor frequently...ya know:) I would love to see your decorated house room by room if at all possible. Thanks and keep up the good work!!! LUV LUV LUV:)

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  37. I love, love, love this layout! I found you on Pinterest and obviously, this was pinned immediately! I would love to see more of the layouts that you do on these shelves. I'm trying to break my "clumping" mentality too. I am in need of some fresh decorating ideas and I love your blog for new inspiration!

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  38. I love, love, love this layout! I found you on Pinterest and needless to say, this pic was pinned immediately! I am trying desparately to get some fresh ideas and your blog has been a great source of inspiration! I, too, am guilty of the "clumping" method of decorating. Must stop that!

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  39. Love this look! Can you tell me where you got your display plate stands? Thanks!

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  40. Love this look! Can you please tell me where you got your display plate stands? Thanks!

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