I took you through the more nitty-gritty of building the fireplace built-in’s, and now it’s time for the pretty stuff.
Getting to pull my decor stuff out of the boxes they were packed in and get my styling on was SO FUN. Hello, beauties that I haven’t seen in almost a year!
This is my happy place, guys.
A reminder of where we left off with the built-ins…
And what it looks like today.
After Dan installed the shelves (we made them evenly spaced at roughly 12 inches apart), styling them took me a while.
I would put a few things up, move them around into 15 different spots stepping back each time to get a good idea of how it was all looking, removed, added, and hummed and hawed throughout the whole thing. I’m happy where I ended up for now, but have no doubt that I will switch things up many, many times over the coming years.
Style Built In Shelves
I am no expert, but just was learning as I went.
I tried to keep to general themes so that it would all be cohesive: brass, white, books, some art, and a mixture of tall and short.
I also wanted to have little groupings – like the candlesticks or vintage blue bottles – and then have some larger stand alone pieces like the bowls or elephant.
I really struggled with the bottom shelves – the ones that are the top of the cabinet sections. Lots of books there didn’t look right (too heavy), but smaller scale items looked too insignificant. Nothing was really working. I threw the artwork in there and think it’s okay for now, but they aren’t permanent.
Fireplace Built-In’s Source List:
-White paint: “Whitewash White” by PARA Paints (paint code P2089-00)
-Dark gray paint behind built ins: “Weathervane” by PARA Paints (paint code P2139-03)
-Gold hardware: Lee Valley Tools (product code 00W5640)
-Ledgestone used around fireplace: Glacier Ledge Stone Flat in 6×24 (couldn’t find a product link, but locally purchased at Euro Tile & Stone)
-Hearth tile: polished marble 12×12 tile from The Home Depot
-Accessories and art: personal collection (brass bowls and vases from Target)
-Couch: The “Reverie” from EQ3
-Chairs: “Polo” from Structube