Spice Up Your Shelf

Adding a little pizazz to your home doesn’t necessarily mean painting, ripping down walls and tearing out carpet. Accessories and home styling can add a bit of pop without the pain. Curating your shelves is a quick and easy way to “zhuzh” (as we like to say at the OE) any room in your home.

Step 1: Find an empty shelf that looks sad and lonely. It’s begging for some zest, go ahead and give it a little love! Corral your favorite décor items, so you have plenty to choose from.

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Step 2: Implement books. Gather some coffee table books or large scale books and stack them atop one another. Use varying proportions, don’t worry about stacking from largest to smallest. Have fun with your book construction: pile some books and then have some more leaning against the newly created pile. Stack about 3-5 books, depending on the thickness of each volume.



Step 3: Add accessories. Place items like bowls, geodes, miniature sculptures, candles and other curiosities on the books and play around with the arrangement. If you have a long shelf, be sure to break up the monotony of books by adding larger décor items to the row. Be sure to mix scale, texture, and finish. Put rough with smooth, shiny with matte, it adds interest!



Step 4: Step back. How does it look? If something doesn’t seem to work, mix it up! Move around books and objects until they have a cohesive dialogue. Add, subtract as needed! Remember it’s a process!



And that’s all it takes. Four easy steps can bring a refreshed vibe and spice up any room!



Need help? We offer design services! Our designer, Mary Beth Courier can help! Contact design@oxfordexchange.com.


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