how to style your shelves for summer

 Happy June!

I recently did a little summer styling in our living room and wanted to share with you the process I took to do so!

Here’s a little video showing my steps to add objects to our shelves and coffee table.

I always like to start with a clean slate. Remove everything and set it all aside out of the way. Clean your shelves and coffee table, even end tables. Dust anything that needs it. 

I like to stick with neutrals, adding in interest with texture rather than color. 

Here are a few items that will give you the summer style!


Objects that depict the summer vibe such as fish, octopus, shells, sand vase filler, glass beads, etc. 

Planters or vases.

Covered books.

Coffee table books, some of my favorites here.

This is one of my favorite places to shop for seasonal decor. 

Also, think about form and function as well as beauty. While a shelf full of decorative objects might be pretty to look at, do you still have a place to hide your tv remotes, your growing collection of magazines, or your reading glasses? 

This is where the baskets and boxes come in handy.

On our end table I left the lamp and added a stack of books with a marble fish statue I found at HomeGoods.

The vase looks like a decor piece but it really houses our tv remotes.

On our coffee table I kept things simple by adding 3 air plants to a small planter with tons of texture. A couple candlesticks add interest with height.

I did add in one more pillow to the creamy neutrals. I liked the texture in this one and the color.

And here’s some more photos and close ups of the shelves!

Get the tutorial for this DIY vase here.

In need of a little more inspiration for shelf and mantel styling? 

You are in luck as I am joining several other bloggers with their great styling ideas. Just click on any of the images below to see the posts!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Summer Seasonal Simplicity Series! Today we are all sharing our summer mantel decor ideas with you. Be sure to check them all out by visiting the links under the images below.

The Happy Housie // A Pretty Life // Modern Glam // Cassie Bustamante

Rambling Renovators // In My Own Style // Finding Silver Pennies // Dans le Lakehouse

Craftberry Bush // Maison de Pax // She Gave it a Go // Hallstrom Home

Deeply Southern Home // My Sweet Savannah // Willow Street Interiors

xoxo, Melaine 



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