Modern Meets Vintage Home Office Shelfie

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Last week, I received an invitation from Laurel & Wolf...
An online interior design firm, 
their designers were challenged to style a shelf,
transforming a basic bookcase into a statement piece.

You can see the pretty inspirational designer "shelfies" here
(don't you just love the wordplay on the ever-so-popular "selfies")!

I was extended a challenge to play along and create a "shelfie,"
...sure, I'm game!

Below, is the "formula" of sorts Laurel & Wolf provided,
helpful direction on styling a shelfie.

So, let's get started...


After picking a theme... vintage collector {slash} blogger's home office,
I surveyed what I had on hand that I thought would would create an interesting,
fun, yet functional, shelfie...

Let's break this down shall we...


I chose to focus on green, pinks, white, and a mix of metals.

{Click here for the tutorial post for creating the thrifty vase of succulents.}


I gathered a couple of old hardbacks from two of my favorites,
 Robert Frost and Mark Twain.

Books are a sure easy, and often inexpensive, way
 to add interest, different textures, and height if needed, to a display.


For artwork, 
I selected two illustrations from
 The 2015 Lilly Pulitzer 5x5 Coffee Table Book,
matted and framed in white.
Both picked up the three focal colors of my shelfie design.


As a junker at heart, I love the eclectic mix of unique vintage pieces
with a splash or two of trendy, modern items thrown in.

The modern element for the shelfie
was the silver metal sphere on the top shelf.

My first thought, after determining my theme,
was to incorporate an old Tom Thumb Typewriter into the display,
along with other vintage office-type pieces I'd collected over time.
Unexpected and unusual they certainly add personality, right?

I aspire to always add a touch of whimsy to some degree,
to even my most mature vignettes,
 such as the cow cup, personally monogrammed and used as a pen holder.

I've found, that by displaying items from one's collections,
you get pleasure from sharing with others,
as well as, enjoying them yourself.

 ...Stand back and evaluate!

For several days I did just that...
stepped back,
evaluating and tweaking the shelfie.

I've come to the conclusion,
that each little grouping, each little corner section, is a mini vignette,
combined to create a larger cohesive unit that flows and paints a lovely picture,
 so to speak!

If you're in need of a little guidance
 in creating a look you'll love with your bookcase,
I encourage you to follow the guide shared by Laurel & Wolf.

The helpful hints are sure to alleviate some of the stress
 in over-thinking the creation of your own shelfie project.

You'll have a most fabulous shelfie, darlin'!  :)

And as an added bonus...
I'm offering a cute cow cup to one of my lucky readers,
like the one I have pictured!

The cup was personalized with a custom gold vinyl decal by
The Southern Brunette.

Just leave a comment,
and I'll choose a random winner by drawing next Wednesday.
The cup will be personalized with the recipients' initial of their choosing.
It's just too cute not to share with ya'll!

"Happy shelfie stylin'!"


Sharing Post At:
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McCall Manor - Your Inspired Design
Eleven Magnolia Lane - June Pretty Project
Poofing The Pillow - Thoughts of Home on Thursday
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Charm Party
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  1. I think your shelves look amazing! You did an awesome job keeping it cohesive and interesting. I love the adorable whimsical touches you added too. That monogrammed cow cup is precious!

  2. Yes you've got the touch! I like all the white pieces and the little bit of glam you've got going on. Of course, the cow is adorable. :)

  3. Wow Rhonda, these all great tips for decorating shelves and I love that really cute name for it shelfie! LOL!! I really like how nice you decorated you shelves with a mixture of different things and the color scheme. That initial cow is just the cutest!! :)
    Julie xo

  4. Love what you did with your shelves, love the vintage items plus white. My fave is the picture. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rhonda, a beautiful and stylish the challenge of a bookcase! Blessings~

  6. Your shelfie is so fun and interesting Rhonda, I love all the wonderful things you've put together to get your style on! You have inspired me to do some shelfies of my own, thank you! Love the cow cup, too hilarious!

  7. Wow, you styled it beautifully! Love the texture and bright pops of color you used. And it's functional, that's great!

  8. I have the same Tom Thumb typewriter. I remember receiving it for Christmas and spent lots of time typing stories and playing office. You have inspired me to pull it out of storage and use it as decor in the office.

  9. Your shelfie styling is perfect with so many interesting and beautiful things! Great job!

  10. Happy TOHOT. So glad you are here.

  11. Saw your post at Your Inspired Design- your shelves are wonderfully done. Want to come do mine? ;)

  12. Flat surfaces, like shelves, seem to be theee most fun to play with in a room and decorate. What a way to add personality that reflects YOU in a room and makes you smile when you enter!!! Yours are truly an inspiration. Thank you!

  13. Rhonda- you have serious skills. Styling a shelf is harder than it looks. I like the formula-
    It is always fun visiting here-
    Thank you for joining TOHOT.

  14. Hi Rhonda! Wonderful post! Your self looks amazing and that type writer is precious! ;)

  15. Rhonda,I adore each and every element you added to your shelfie! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinning to our Features & Favorites!

  16. Rhonda,
    I adore your shelfie, dear one!
    The vintage items are truly, amazing within the vignettes!
    Visiting from Home Sweet Home!

  17. you did a great job, this is a really good formula. I had to Pin it!

  18. I love how you pulled it all together. It flows so nicely.

  19. Your did a wonderful job styling your bookshelf. I love it!!!

  20. I am so like you in my love for both vintage and modern. I thought I was the only one, ha! I'd love to be entered in the drawing. I actually just saw this cup at Target today and fell in love! Also, good news- I'll be featuring this post on Thursday morning at the next Vintage Charm Party! Hope to see you there! xo Kathleen

  21. MOO - what a cute cow cup! Love styling bookcases. Will be sure to try some of these tips. Thanks forsharing.

  22. Wow...I LOVE this! So neat!

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. That is awesome! Love the play on the word Selfie as well as the styling! I will feature tomorrow at Home Sweet Home!

  24. Really great tips and your shelves look so pretty! Thanks for sharing :) XO, Amy
    PS I love that cow cup!

  25. You did an amazing job with your shelfie Rhonda! I would love it if you would share your post at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Here is the latest "party" -

    Thanks, Joann


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