Monday, April 6, 2009

Accessorizing the Built-Ins...Finally!

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

As I wait for the sofas to arrive, they are being shipped next week, I have no more excuses to put off accessorizing the built-ins. I have been avoiding this task because there isn't, as far as I know, a set of guidelines to follow that will ensure success. However, I knew I wanted to use things I already owned and for the end result to be interesting yet simple, highlighting items with meaning for myself and my family. So, with these goals I got to work.

The plan was to 'shop' my house, going from room to room, collecting items that might work well on the shelves. Again, I didn't want to go out and buy things simply to fill up the built-ins. So off I went, gathering up everything that had potential and laid them out on the coffee table.

Next I cleared everything from the shelves to be able to start with a clean canvas. Then I started placing things here and there, seeing what looked good and what didn't and kept moving things around until I was happy with the result. (Took about an hour...seemed like a long time to spend placing things on a shelf only to take them off!) This approach (of shopping your home and selecting from your gathered finds) can be used to accessorize any surface...side and coffee tables, an entry console, a mantel or your dresser .

These built-ins have been mostly empty since they were completed, so seeing them filled feels a bit odd. But I like the result, and see I am being inspired by the arrival of spring, with all the greens and blues. This makes me realize that these shelves will continue to evolve, as I find a new treasure or with a change of the season.

I still don't have a set of guidelines for fail proof accessorizing but I can offer these tips. Do bring objects into your home that you love...(if you love the item it has a chance of looking good regardless of how you place it!) Then create layers, balance a visually heavy item with another one elsewhere, place a box or vase on a stack of books, bring in fresh flowers and remember empty space also plays an important role!


  1. It looks beautiful! I love how you incorporate your children's drawings into your rooms. I need to do more of that. My son loves to draw!

  2. I am loving watching you put together these rooms!

  3. Hi Janell -
    The accessories look perfect!! I agree with Christina about enjoying you put these rooms together!! Love the children's artwork that you incorporate also. Wondering where you get the nice white frames and mats?

  4. Hi JenV, the frames are from Aaron Brothers, I just looked at their website and it doesn't appear they sell online or have a store in your area. Michaels is another good store for frames, check them out for options (plus they have GREAT coupons!)

  5. Oh wow.. Janell, those built ins are gorgeous! How fun to fill them up! Those blues really pop! Love it!

    Guess I'd better snoop through your blog and see how your living room turned out. You must have your new sofas by now.. I hope?? :)

    Thanks for linking up to the party!

    Funky Junk Donna

  6. The pops of blue and green against the white shelves look great!

  7. Love the built-ins (just a little jealous) and the way you accessorized them!
    Holly @ 504 Main

  8. Thanks for telling us how you worked to achieve great looking vignettes. Sally

  9. Love your built ins! At first I thought the items on the coffee table in the first picture were your vignette because they are all so interesting. But the way they are arranged on the shelves is so pretty. I too love the pops of blue and how you used items of meaning and some books instead of the more typical jamming the shelves with books.

  10. can't wait to see it all put together from your at home shopping trip! Isn't that the best way -- helps us discover (re-discover) things we love! Chat soon!

  11. The built-ins are gorgeous and I love the pops of blue in the accessories. Really pretty.

  12. Isn't shopping your house just the best? The husband likes it, too. ;-)
    The built-ins look fantastic!
    I found you via the vignette party,lovely blog. Very nice to meet you!
    All the best,

  13. Be still my heart! The built-ins are to die for! Can't wait til I have time to read the rest of your blog! I will be back! LOVE the blue too!

  14. It's so true....we can do shopping in our own homes. I heart built-ins! You did a great job.


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