Monday, June 15, 2009

two more shelves of our house

Here are a couple more shelves of our house that somehow I forgot about last time...

These little wooden shelves used to hang in my studio before we switched the rooms around, and were covered in work supplies. They now hang over our big bed, and I have filled them with nice things that are lovely to spot when we wake up in the morning.

The little wooden pegs which hang underneath the bottom shelf were so handy to hang aprons, scissors, or rulers, but I wasn't sure what to do with them once they were just above our bed. As I stood back pondering what to hang on them, Adelaide promptly skipped by me and hung up one of her little necklaces. I wonder how long it will take before she is nonchalantly outsmarting me on a daily basis? So now these little pegs are always strung with her little necklaces and bracelets, and always the little bag that I made for her birthday. It is such a perfect spot to hang her treasures.

dish wall by you.

I put up these wall shelves in our kitchen and use them to store our dishes and plates. They help out emmensely in creating more storage space in our little kitchen, and being out in the open, they force me to keep our things tidy. I saved the cabinets with doors for such things as vitamins, small cooking ingredients, and snacks which I find are much more of a chore to keep organised and looking tidy.

Our kitchen - like our entire house when we bought it - was a horrible builder's beige (70's pantyhose beige) so I painted our kitchen a lovely warm white (Grand Teton by Benjamin Moore) to brighten it up. It looks amazingly better and much more bright and refreshing. I hope to paint our hallways this colour someday, too.

19 comments:

TrippleJN said...

"70's pantyhose beige"! That made me laugh and cringe at the same time! :)

I love the little treasures on the hooks. I love being surprised by my daughter, too.

Jenny

swell.life said...

so simple and wonderful! i am totally jonesing for your kitchen shelves...and beautiful white dishes. so elegant!

Siew said...

Hello Grand Teton white. We have that in our house too. Amazing of the seemingly hundreds of white samples out there, this one stood out as a winner. Looks fabulous in your kitchen.

Amy said...

I love how things on your shelves look *just so*.

heatherica said...

I love your kitchen shelves! I've been wanting to have a kitchen like that for a while now. That shade of white looks so lovely as well.

stacilynfeldman said...

i love your kitchen shelves! so inspiring to a space-challenged city dweller. we put up one similar shelf to house my glassware, but i think i'm inspired to go get more!

Paper Pastries said...

your house is gorgeous.
do you remember where you got that cake plate?

mariapetrucci84 said...

Looks great. If you have a limited room in your home, you can use wall shelves as I do. I ordered mine at Ballard Designs and theirs are the highest quality I have found so far.

Anonymous said...

I love how these work. But one question. Do your kitchen items get dusty? I have always been afraid to have open shelving for dishes because I feel like they would get dirty.

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

HI Everyone, Thank you all for visiting me and for leaving a note - they really make my day!

Paper Pastries: I bought the cake plate from a shop that used to be here in Vancouver called Hafatzim - I'm not sure if it's still open, but it was a housewares shop from Israel and they had wonderful things! http://www.hafatzim.com

Anonymous: I have found that only the items on the top shelf get a little dusty, but they are items which we don't use that often so when I use them I just give them a good wipe. They plates we use every day, so maybe because they are always in use I've never noticed them dusty. And the cups and glasses I keep upside down just in case!

Claire said...

nice!

Rosalind said...

Gorgeous!

Sarah said...

Sharilyn, I adore your blog, and I have really enjoyed reading your two posts about the shelves in your house. You have amazing talent when it comes to decorating and design. I love how you have maximized the space you have. I live in a small house and I'm constantly trying to figure out how to store and organize our belongings. You have truly inspired me. As a stay-at-home mom, I spend a lot of my time in our house, and it makes such a difference when I'm surrounded by aesthetically pleasing rooms that are clean and tidy but at the same time cozy. It's important that everything has a designated place where it belongs. It cuts down on the clutter. Your home is beautiful, and I would LOVE to see more of it. Please continue your series and show us more of your lovely house! :)

Hadley said...

love this! we're thinking of tearing out the old cabinets in our apartment kitchen and replacing them with these. we were a little apprehensive about the floating shelves though, because we heard they didn't hold much! where did you get these, and have you noticed any problems?

also, love your refined taste and your blog!

lula said...

Good afternoon

Did you make the floating shelves yourself or did you purchase them? I've been searching for "deeper" shelving; all of the floating shelves I've seen are only 10" deep.

Thanks!

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Hadley: Thanks! Yes, I think that if you do go with floating shelves, you don't really want to overcrowd them as you might do with closed cabinets - if you do, it might be easy to get them looking really cluttered. I think that they work if you know what they will be used for and if you're able to keep things relatively neat and tidy. But, if everything has it's place, than this is really easy!

These shelves are simple ikea lack shelves. They're easy, inexpensive, and, if they happen to be about the right size and you have the right set up, look great!

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60103632

Lula: as above, these are ikea lack wall shelves which just happened to be about the right size for the wall. I've used them before and think that they are great! I WISH I have the skills to make my own floating shelves - I'd have them everywhere! Of course, these lack shelves are 10.25" in depth (I wonder if, technically, it is difficult to have floating shelves deeper?) But it might be worth looking into if you can find someone to make some for you. xo sharilyn

lula said...

Thanks! I was looking at those and have been searching for a while. I think you're correct, that the load might be too great for anything over 10 or so inches.

I'm glad you've had success with those.

Have a great weekend!

lula said...

Thanks! I was looking at those and have been searching for a while. I think you're correct, that the load might be too great for anything over 10 or so inches.

I'm glad you've had success with those.

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I know this blog post is from a while ago, but I was wondering how far apart these shelves are spaced. I have the same shelves for my kitchen and want to store the same thing on them. Yours look great!!