Interior Design

Summer Table Centerpieces

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Kitchen table centerpieces are some of the most common decor items I get asked about what would be best to display. I think the summer makes it easy for us with all of the fresh garden flowers and leaves and delicious fruits available to us. Displaying fruit in a pretty bowl not only makes it easily accessible but is simple and beautiful as well.

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Grouping items like fresh garden flowers, a candle and salt and pepper shakers gives you a simple yet functional display. Adding a colorful tray underneath gives it a more summery feel.

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Here I’ve used 2 matching trays to corral leaves from the garden along with napkins and salt and pepper shakers. It’s nice to be able to have necessary items when eating readily available if this is what suits your family best.

My centerpiece is always changing according to what the season is and what I need displayed the most. Sometimes functionality takes precedence but making it beautiful is always top priority!

Layering the Perfect Shelf

Sometimes it’s hard to find that balance between having too much on a shelf to where it looks cluttered and too little to where it looks unfinished.

When styling a shelf, I like to start with the biggest piece first, whether it be a piece of artwork hanging or leaning on the shelf or a big accessory sitting on the shelf. Then I bring in the next biggest item. In this example it was the smaller piece of artwork (made my by 8 year old) leaning against the bigger picture that I’ve hung low above the shelf. I chose to hang the bigger picture instead of leaning it to give a little more height above the shelf- having some height is very important. Next I filled in the shelf with my favorite things- books, plants/florals, a petrified rock and bowl with a simple design on it. I’m not a matchy matchy designer so I like a good mix of colors, metals and patterns. Items such as books, plants or flowers and candles always tend to warm up a space so I try to have at least one of these 3 items on every shelf I decorate.

I believe that one of the most important things when layering a shelf is to choose items that you enjoy looking at and that have meaning to you. This shelf sits right next to my TV in our great room and it’s what I see when I walk down my stairs every morning- so I love being able to look at items that are personal to me as well as aesthetically appealing. My daughter’s artwork, the petrified rock found by my sister, leaves from one of our plants outside- all of these items collectively invoke a feeling of comfort and satisfaction when I look at them together.

To sum it up, here are my 3 tips to styling a shelfAngelaShelfStylingWeb:

1- display something with height

2- put at least one of of these 3 items on every shelf- plants or flowers, books or candles

3- show accessories that have personal meaning to you