Thursday, August 23, 2012

~dining room shelving {styled}~

You may or may not know that I have had the talented Sherry from Design Indulgence helping me style my dining room shelves.
I had been staring at them for so long and was just drawing a blank as to how to freshen it up.
Sometimes you just need a fresh eye to be able to tell you what is and is not working.
Sherry was so great to work with, and she is hilarious as well!
So, here you have it, my completed shelves.
 I didn't buy a thing. 
That is the best part.

 I like the added color, and green is my favorite!

 I picked up this oil painting at a yard sale a week or so ago.
 My mom bought me these vintage bottles a few years back for Christmas.

 In the corner I added the little $10 side table that I blogged about here, and topped it with a urn 
and a fern for a little bit more green.

Thank you Sherry for taking the time to help me out!
Please check out her blog here.
Be sure to check out her portfolio here as well.
Oh! And before I forget, a blog reader emailed me to let me know that the cup holder from World Market is now available online!
Go here to purchase.


angela hodges abode said...

Love this look! Beautiful!

Unknown said...

Just beautiful! I love the green : o )

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your shelves look amazing! Sherry did a wonderful job on them! There is a lot on the shelves, but they don't look at all cluttered because everything is so nicely balanced. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

It looks pretty but to be honest it looks too busy! Too much going on. I absolutely love it when you incorporate seasonal items into your shelf decorating. It gives me inspiration on things I could do for seasonal decorating.

I really think you need to edit a few more items. I can't wait for your Fall shelves to arrive!

Liz VanKirk

Ashley @ Life with Kids said...

it looks great!!! I LOVE that urn!! Where did you pick that beauty up??

♥ Ashley

Jessica @ Lavender and Lilies said...

I love it. I love all of the white.

Melaine Thompson said...

Ashley, I got the urn at Home Depot years ago! :)

Cynthia said...

its beautiful and i can image it wasnt easy... but it looks great!!!

Unknown said...

"ferns in urns" make everything better! Looks great, but you underestimate YOUR talent. But I get how it is nice to have fresh eyes on our own spaces.
Beautiful friend!

Things That Inspire said...

Sherry is amazing. She decorated one of my all time favorite houses on a local tour of homes several years ago, and I could tell there was something very special about the house. It was a combination of the house, the decor, the family - and the styling. The styling was simply in a league of its own.

I have come to realize that there are all different levels of decor, and designers. Some designers can do the front end - designing a house, space planning, architectural details; some can pick out furniture and fabrics; but not all designers can style, and styling a house is what takes a good foundation and makes it truly special.

Thank you so much for featuring Sherry on your blog! Your shelves look like a work of art, like a Dutch painting.

- Holly

[email protected] Stroll Thru Life said...

i love them. They look fabulous. I really like the old books and the other vintage things mixed in. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

AntiqueChase said...

looks great!! and I love when you can change something about buying more!

i have made my 5th attempt at reading the word verification with now luck ... where are my glasses?
8th now. ready to give up


Virtual is a whole new world out here :) First of all I am so glad Melanie had all of these goodies to work with....and really all I said was "scooch to the right" or "add height".....of course she has a great eye....and gave me way too much credit!
The best part was just having fun with it.....
I would have rather gone over...drank some wine and played with it together :)

Anonymous said...

So pretty & creative! Your paint color even looks different?! Still oatmeal? --loving that, too!
Can't wait for your fall though :)

Melaine Thompson said...

Sherry~I was drinking wine, weren't you? :)


well of course...but if we were together drinking it then...well who knows what magic we could have accomplished :)
I guess I will have to come to your neck of the woods one day.....!

cindy said...

Beautifully styled. Love the combination of textures.

aimee {sixteen fourteen} said...

I love the watercolor, dog silhouettes, and pops of green. Sherry is a genius and totally hilarious!

[email protected] said...

I just came over from Sherry. She was right, your images are beautiful, and the shelves came out amazing. I can't believe you had all that stuff! Gorgeous. The dog silhouettes completely caught my eye. I'm totally inspired to do something like that for my dog! Thank you!

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Melanie, just linked to you via "Sherrika" - you were so right to step back and let a talented friend (with fresh eyes) get you out of a shelf decor rut. Good lesson for me too!

Your new painting has such beautiful detail. It may not be an oil painting, as they are usually not framed behind glass.

If it is painted it may be a watercolor, if not painted a very fine lithograph. In either case, you may want to take it to a framer and be sure the glass is not laying directly on the artwork (they can insert a spacer) and that the backing is rag mat instead of what is probably there - cardboard. Of course if conserving it is not a concern - leave it as is! :-)

Now I am considering asking a few blogger friends if they would like to exchange talents as you and Sherry did with this project.

Always trying to find more ways to share a glass (or two) of wine with a friend!


designchic said... looks amazing. Love that it has a personality and looks effortless and beautiful!

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