Styling Shelves a Little Differently

How do you feel about styling? Do you find it laborious or a fun treat? I fall right in the middle of it. I love styling but sometimes it can wear on me when I’m shifting around items for the 2,347th time. I think to myself, “Why can’t I just get this?!” But then I keep going.

I really think that is the trick in styling – keep playing until your eye says rest.


I also think it is helpful to have a small arsenal of items to pull from. I pull from places around the house and our storage before hitting up a store. I only like to buy something for styling when I have played around with what I have and see a hole. Then I know the shape/style/height of a specific item I need instead of just adding to the hoard of pretty items.

So that is where I began in my styling endeavor of my favorite newly white (thanks not-scary-anymore chalk paint) geometric shelves.


Lots of corners provides a little more of a challenge than regular straight shelves. I decided to really play up the geometric lines by making some shelves a little off kilter themselves.



styling-a-shelf-mego-caveBuh-bye books all lined up. It’s time to make you all squirrely. That’s probably the thing I like most about this styling. It seems a little bit unpredictable and fun – at least to me.



styling-a-shelf-mego-caveI also tried to give the styling some breathing room. If you notice only every other shelf is packed to the max. I didn’t want it to be overloaded. I’m all about trying to make our house more minimalist – in the way I can (which for me isn’t the definition of minimalist but is more like just clearing out and leaving white spaces).


styling-a-shelf-mego-cavestyling-a-shelf-mego-caveSo there it is folks, my unconventional styling. Is it still tame to you? Or is it more about of the box to you? Do you try to shake things up in the styling department?

Here are some other fun posts as I try my hand at styling different surfaces:

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  • Love the shelves and styling! That’s pretty much in my wheelhouse, as far as design goes, though I’m kind of terrible about making things like artfully sophisticated. I’m working on it!ReplyCancel

  • Very cool shelf! And I love the way you have it styled. Great job!!


  • I love the design of the shelves! Great way to add accessories! I really like the style and look of your room too!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much! These shelves are just so fun and think they add a lot to the room!ReplyCancel

  • Megan, cool shelves and fun styling. Best to think outside the box. ~JeanetteReplyCancel

    • Thanks Jeanette! Outside the box is definitely the place to be!ReplyCancel

  • Great post, Megan! I tend to be on the “will this really look right?? side of the question! I don’t love styling shelves or doing vignettes, but I do love them when it all comes together! I’m pinning! Visiting from blogtalk.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks so much for visiting! Styling can definitely be hard, which is kind of why I decided to just throw rules to the wind and just try whatever came to mind. It’s so much fun and freeing that way!ReplyCancel

  • Your room looks like so much FUN, Megan. I’m house is SERIOUSLY lacking in styling. Like–IN ALL AREAS, lacking. I’m going to use your tips for keeping them uneven. I like that look! 🙂


    • Thank you so much Serena! I want all of our rooms to be fun! Glad you like the uneven look. Good luck styling!ReplyCancel

  • The shelves are really cute! I like you theory of eye rest. That’s what I call the breaks in between vignettes, gotta have some calm around each storm. 🙂 And that desk??? I need that desk! Very cool looking room!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much! Eye rest is a great term – and so needed! I need to tell myself that repeatedly because I love everything bright and colorful everywhere. The desk is one of my favorite things ever! It is a door from an old house on saw horses.ReplyCancel

  • Good advice Megan. That turtle is a cutie.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you! The turtle is from West Elm that a friend sent me. What a great present!ReplyCancel

  • I love how you styled your new shelves. I also shop my house when styling before I buy something to use. I sometimes will have to try what seems like 50 million combination before I finally find one that clicks.ReplyCancel

    • I am with you on those 50 million combinations. It took me many different tries and trips around the house to get these to where they are now. They wouldn’t let me leave them until I got them right though…I kept trying to walk away and just kept coming back!ReplyCancel

  • […] Isn’t this such a cozy little place now, with the chair from the side of the road and the chalk painted and newly styled shelf? […]ReplyCancel

  • […] So I decided to change it up. Actually, it was a comment from a reader (and close friend) who first suggested when I posted about this last year….and I’m finally doing it. Which was really necessary since I had pillaged the contents of the china cabinet for my new geometric shelf. […]ReplyCancel