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Posted on July 31, 2014 and filed under Behind the Blog.

How To Style Shelves

Shelf Ideas

I received some questions about shelf ideas after I posted my origami DIY home accessories. So I thought I would do a post to answer these questions. There is definitely an art to shelf styling. After many ugly shelves and stalking Emily Henderson's blog, I am getting a little better at decorating shelves. Here is what I've learned. 

How To Decorate A Shelf

1. Buy more than you need + edit later. Gather your accessories in one spot.

My first tip is to buy more accessories than you need. You can keep the tags and receipts, and return what you don't use. You will be surprised at what looks best on your shelves. Before styling, gather all of your accessories in one spot for easy viewing.

How To Style A Shelf

2. Start with frames.

I like to start with frames that I lean up against the back wall. Frames are great in the back because they are tall enough to peek out over your other accessories. 

How To Accessorize Shelves

3. Include something geometric.

I think it's always a good idea to include a geometric shape on your shelves. It gives structure to your collection.

Ideas For Decorating Shelves
Shelf Ideas

4. Include objects with interesting lines.

Make sure to include objects with interesting shapes. I think it's best to use a mix of accessories with curved lines and sharp lines.

Shelves Idea
Ways to Decorate Shelves

5. Something old ... something common.

Something old always adds a nice dimension to your shelves. I also like to repeat a common element to tie everything together. For example, I have a few copper pieces spread out on these shelves. 

Decorating Shelves

6. Buy several objects from the same line.

Five tips would have sounded much cooler, but I couldn't leave this tip out. It might be the best one! To make the elements on the shelf look cohesive, I like to buy several objects from the same line and then mix in other pieces. Designers tend to have a consistent style, so it makes for a look that seems to go together without being matchy matchy. For these shelves, I bought a bunch of accessories from the Threshold line at Target and each one of these frames is Threshold.

How To Style Shelves

I hope these tips help! Please do share if you have any other great tips!

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Posted on July 31, 2014 and filed under House.

An IKEA Skirt ... Wha?!

DIY Striped Skirt

I'm sure you have heard of IKEA Hacks, but have you heard of an IKEA clothing hack? I'm so excited to share this lil' idea with you today. This DIY Striped Skirt is my new favorite wardrobe piece. You might have noticed I have been on a striped kick as of late. Do my striped DIY loafers ring a bell? I have a few more striped DIYs up my sleeve, so hopefully you aren't sick of the black + white yet. 

Black and white striped IKEA blanket

Have you seen the Eivor IKEA black + white striped throw at IKEA (above)? You might remember it pictured in the DIY leather slingback chair I made. It is such a great piece to have. Black + white is the new neutral, and it goes with everything. Well, I decided to turn this gorgeous throw into a super chic maxi skirt.

DIY Skirt Supplies
DIY Clothes

Wrap the throw around you while it is inside out. Pin the ends of the throw together tight around your waist + hips. As you work your way pinning down the skirt, create more room around your knees and feet so you can walk freely. If you don't have anyone to help you pin, turn the skirt around and pin it in the front while looking in a mirror and then flip the skirt around to make sure you like the look.

How To Pin A Skirt

You will be pinned inside the throw. Now, mark where you pinned the skirt together with two pins on each side of the throw. Work your way down your hips. Now remove the pins around your hips that held the two sides of the throw together. Step out of the skirt.

How To Make A Skirt

Sew the zipper onto the top of the skirt according to the zipper instructions.

How To Sew A Skirt

Sew down the remainder of the skirt where you pinned it together. Trim the extra fabric. Iron the seam open and flat. Flip right side out. And rock it!

Clothes DIY

Is this totally crazy or totally awesome?

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Posted on July 29, 2014 and filed under Style.