The art of a shelfie

Happy Thursday, friends!! I had so many sweet comments about my shelf decor yesterday, y’all are the best! And, I always get questions about how I get my shelves to look so good. I, of course, don’t think they look amazing. I guess it’s true…we are all our own worst critics!

Today, I wanted to take y’all through the crazy process that I take to get to a happy little shelfie.

Here is what the shelves looked like last week…

I made a hand lettered fall sign, that I showed y’all yesterday, which led me to redoing the shelves a bit, to fit the vibe of the sign….

It started out really simple. I kept everything inside the bookshelf the same, just switched up the top a bit. I took everything off the top, and used just one old window, the sign, a few books, a pumpkin and a little greenery. Not bad, but not exactly what I wanted, so I started to pull things out, add things, and change everything around a bit.

I added some candles, more pumpkins, and books…

Laid down the three books on the right, and moved the white pumpkin up onto the books…

Then realized that the top shelf would show in the pictures, so I wanted to move the striped pumpkin…

I replaced the striped pumpkin with some dried hydrangeas…

Now for the empty section…

I added one of my favorite baskets, and also added little urns of dried hydrangeas…

Took the dried hydrangeas out of the urns….

Also added a little pumpkin in one of the urns…

Liked the idea of the pumpkin in the urn, but not there.

Moved the two urns to the top of the shelves, and filled the basked with striped pumpkins…

Added some seeded eucalyptus and pumpkins to the little box in the bottom, right corner…

Moved the cowbell to the bottom, center shelf. And, added my exciting new treasure, a piece of vintage French enamelware, with little gold stripes (LOVE IT!!!) to the left, center shelf. Added a pumpkin, dried hydrangea, and seeded eucalyptus.

And the very last thing that I added was a piece of white architectural salvage, behind the candlesticks in the bottom, left corner…

Every time I remove something, replace it, add something, etc., I step back, snap a picture, then analyze the picture, to see what I want to change. This is a long, drawn out process, but it is what works for me. And, decorating shelves is one of my very favorite things to do, so the more time that I get to spend on the shelves, the better!

There it is, a little glimpse into the craziness that goes on behind the scenes of these shelfies!

Happy Friday Eve, friends!! Hope your day is amazing!!

Thank you so much for visiting LeCultivateur!!! I so appreciate YOU taking the time to read my blog and for leaving such sweet comments!! Y’all are the best, and make blogging so much fun!!


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  1. Funny I take a picture now and look at it too. I started it recently and seems to help with styling. Happy to hear I’m not a nut😏.

    Getting my fall groove on. I dried 40 Limelights this year. They are my fall season must, gorgeous.


    1. Seeing the project/space through the lens, really is such a great way to help with styling!

  2. I love the way you decorated the shelves! It looks amazing. I really love the dried hydrangeas.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  3. Love every pic and every combination you tried along the way to your finished product! You truly have a gift. Such great ideas.

    1. Thank you, sweet friend!!!

  4. Cute, cute, cute. The dried hydrangeas are gorgeous. The ticking pumpkins are adorable.

    1. Thank you so much, my friend!!!

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