Our guest bedroom was ending up like a drop-off station for, well, everything, so I tackled it today hence today’s post… Spring Shelf Switch-Up! I recently did a post regarding some other spring display spaces that I have in our house. This post is all about how I finally tidied up our guest bedroom shelving unit.
After days of snow (YES… MORE SNOW) and rain. Alas, today we see the SUNSHINE!!!!! This puts me in the mood to switch out some more of my winter decorations for spring ones!
Whenever I am tackling a seasonal switch out, I always like to add new and old pieces. I enjoy filling our home with items that serve as little reminders of our current wonderful life, but also to remind us of our loved ones. I rummage through old things and pick out wonderful pieces to acclimate into my current and new decorations. I also am a big fan of decorating on a budget therefore I am a regular at our local second hand store and I am always garage saleing! I’ll share some of my finds with you today.
Step one is always to empty the space out of all its decor. In this case, it is our guest bedroom shelf. I prefer starting with a blank slate so I see things differently when it’s time to put it back together, otherwise I get stuck on how it looked before I took it off the shelf! Here is the blank slate!
Here is the end result!
Now let’s take a closer look at the individual sections. I will start from the top.
These are 2 majestic foxes with their snappy scarves! I agree, they are not very “Spring-y”, but I just love them so much, I don’t want to put them away!! These were given to me for Christmas, by my hubby! I just think these two are the cutest things, they may never be put away!!!
In the center of the top shelf, I added this clock that has been carved out of real wood. This was a garage sale find from a few years back. I fell in love with the natural element of this clock!
This is a Loon that has also been carved out of real wood. It was given to us from a dear family friend MANY years ago! That said friend carved his name and the year, 1990, on the bottom of the Loon. Priceless!
One shelf down, I added a bit of greenery in a beautiful chocolate colored pot! Beside it, is an old Barometer that we discovered, that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. It no longer works, but, it has definitely found a new forever home! Simplicity at it’s best!
The next piece was a gift that was given to me by my mom, this past Christmas. I have a bit of a thing for barns! Even better… A RED BARN!!!! She found this ceramic barn birdhouse in Nashville and lugged it all the way back to Canada! Beside the red barn are a trio of tiered birch candles, a rustic looking “CAFÉ AU LAIT ” sign and an old pitcher that I found at a second hand store.
This close-up shows a giant “J, B and L” which simply are the letters of our names. These metals letters I found in Dania Beach, Florida while on vacation several years ago. Behind the letters is some more greenery. A wedding picture sits in the middle of the shelf, beside a whimsical orange frog and a bottle of wine that was given to me from another dear friend and co-worker.
On this shelf, we have another whimsical frog, in red, and some artificial spring flowers. The flowers are sitting in 3 bright green mini watering cans that I discovered at the dollar store. A bright green nest with 3 eggs sits in front of the watering cans. On the end is a set of Lantern Salt and Pepper Shaker set that are hanging on an anchor stand. This piece was given to me by my daughter. Here is another thing about me… I LOVE unique salt and pepper shakers! LOVE IT!
This brings us to the bottom shelf. This is working old oil lantern and a bottle of wine that sports my maiden name, that was given to me by my folks! I like to keep it as a keepsake.
The center section simply has some more greenery, a wood cube with some decorative balls and a green frog.
Finally, a gold stick and twine star beside a rustic star candle holder finishes the look.
There you have it. A beautifully decorated shelf with new and old elements that remind us of how lucky we are to have such wonderful family and friends! I am also so thankful to all those folks who bring their gently used items to second hand stores instead of throwing them in the garbage. We live in a ‘throw away” society and mother nature is suffering the consequences. I am not a hippy in anyway, I just find the value in re-using items!
Go ahead and mix it up with the pieces you have as well. There is no right or wrong way! Add pieces to the space, one by one, until you get to a point that you are happy with it!
Until my next post,