After yesterday’s lighting post, I looked at the sad, nearly empty nook shelf. See it in the background? Just a few lonely items stashed there.
I pulled some of my favorite items, jars filled with vacation artifacts, off the guest room bookshelf and set ’em up.
A step back and all I saw was clutter. Clutter on the shelf competing with the frames on the mantel. Sure the patched walls and unpainted walls don’t help. Oh, now that I’ve painted the two smaller frames, I’m loving the mixture of frames.
Perhaps pairing down the jars would help?
Yep, that helped, but I still wasn’t smitten with the lack of books on a book shelf.
Knowing I didn’t want to detract from the mantel art, I pulled out white books, my new horse head bookends, and a wood sculpture.
Now we’re cookin’. But the dark frame and sculpture attracted too much attention. For a little color and height, I added a tall apothecary jar of shells (picked up on beach vacations).
Spray paint can cure any ugly/bad/wrong color. Crisp flat white on the frame, (which makes the cream mat look dingy) blends in with the rest of the arrangement.
So far, this is the least cluttered looking group I’ve come up with. Not completely sure I love it.
What do you think? Any suggestions for the shelf? Do you prefer it with the jars or books?