If someone has been on our ‘inspirator-to-must-check-before-we-start-the-day’ list for a long time it is the blogger, master of the shelfies and creative that we know as ChloeUberkid
With her stunning photography this mother of five gives us a chance to get a peek into her daily life with her fun filled home and her gorgeous kids. Not only the imagery makes us smile, we love her captions which are so witty and relatable.
When we asked her to be our Guest on the Blog, she had literally just bought a new house. She thought she would be settled in 48 hours, we (all of us experiences nomads) thought it would take a bit longer… Nevertheless, her new home is amazing and all set up now so that Chloe can give us an exclusive look around. We asked her about her favorite room in the house and her go-to brands and shops that allow her to style like no one else.
Chloe: I was so excited to move house recently and have an excuse to completely change the kids rooms around. Kitty’s was the room I was most looking forward to styling and I knew straight away I wanted a Numero 74 canopy from Molly Meg because in our old house Kitty was in the loft and all the walls sloped in, so it was great to finally be able to hang one… although the second we did the other kids wanted one too!
I had my eye on the Oliver Furniture bed from Nubie for so long, so transitioning from a junior bed to a single bed, which would usually make me really cry, was a whole lot easier when it was this beautiful. Kitty loves arranging it like a day bed too so whenever I walk in she will have made some different set up of toys and cushions on her Poppy and Honesty bedding.
Kitty has the main influence over all the accessories in the room (and there is no point in arguing with her!). We put a hook rail up to display her most beautiful items such as the Fable Heart cape and skirt, and then some Ikea shelves on the other side holding more of her favorite book snd toys, like the Sesame and Lily wand and Lapin and Me dolls.
Now what is a shelfie?
A shelfie is a widely hashtagged social media pic of a shelf that you put some time and effort into. So no need for duck faces or wrinkle filters, it is only your shelf and its content that needs to look good.
For interior stylists like us it is a nice way to display a combination of some of our own treasures and new favorites while demonstrating our styling skills.
Since we always get so many comments on the shelfies we install (either in projects or at home) we wanted to take the time to show you how we roll when creating a shelfie. Now nothing is written in stone and you can shuffle around as much as you like, there are just a few pointers that we want to share.
We always love to start with a blank canvas, in this case: an empty shelf.
We are starting off with some beautiful acrylic shelves from By Something Els
Our first item is always the books. Use some (esthetically correct) favorites of the kids, different sizes, colors or maybe just go for that beautiful cover.
Second thing to add is a cute postcard or small print.
For accessorising we love wooden toys like Pinch Toys or the Animal Kingdom from Sarah & Bendrix. They just add that touch of vintage and warmth that we think can not be left out.
To funk things up we like to use some signage. Words on banners, flags, signs… they can all work well depending on the vibe you want to create.
Don’t think you are done just yet as we like to do what is called: styling off the shelf. The space between, above and under the shelves to us is just as important.
So we start off with hanging something in between. A garland is always a good idea as it adds color, texture and a different shape.
You can also hang something to the side or above the shelves like we did with the mini tiger rug before in the playroom. And definitely do not forget the space under the shelves. As storage addicts we love to extend our shelfie to the top part of a storage basket or box so that we use the whole part of the wall.
Styling off the shelf also allows you to pull things out of balance. Balance in your life is good but your shelf can very well do without it.
There you have it. We hope we inspire you with the short videos of how we handle a shelfie for a girls and a boys room and a more neutral one. Give it a go, have some fun. And remember, if you are not happy with it, just start again from scratch.