How I Style Shelves using Vintage Items

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Happy Wednesday Friends!

How was your Valentine’s Day? I hope you were able to enjoy the day surrounded by your loved ones. I am currently recovering from a surgery I had on Monday. My focus this week is on allowing myself the time to slow down and heal.

I wanted to pop in and share how I styled my dining room shelves using vintage items and my favorite formula for decorating. Awhile back I shared this office area of our basement. In the post I shared the  formula I use when putting together most areas of our home.

Colorful vintage item(s) + a white or neutral item(s) + a wood tone item(s)
I also tend to put together an area by adding the items in groups of three.

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This is was the starting point for my shelving area in my dining room. I added my first set of three items by adding the two shelves and the vintage time card slot. I loved the color of the time slot and thought it would be a fun piece to add.  After adding the first three items, my next step was to pull the buffet together with the shelves by adding a light-colored table runner.

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Once I anchored the buffet to the shelves by adding the table runner, my next step was to add function to the area. I did this by first adding the jug lamp. As I shared above for consistency I typically add items in groups of three.

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Taking a cue from the height of the lamp I added two other items with a similar height and color.

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The next three items I choose to add were one vintage wood item, the book stack which adds a little color, and the neutral glass tree. The weight of the three items balances this side of the shelf with the height of the white pitcher.

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I then filled in the remaining area of the shelf with three more glass trees.

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Looking at the shelf you can see it is again balanced with items of three. The left side is balanced with the white pitcher & two trees, the middle is balanced with the stack of three items, and the right side is balanced with two trees and the vintage wood item.

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The next step was to add the second wood tone item. I added a chalkboard to fill the space between the buffet and first shelf.

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I then added the third wood tone item to the space by putting my collection of wooden trivets on the top shelf. As you can see, I now have three wood tone items that help balance the area from top to bottom.

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The last step in pulling the area together was by filling the middle space of the buffet. I added the third item of color to the area by adding one of my favorite spindle boxes.

Do you have a favorite formula when decorating areas of your home?

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