Small Spaces: Wall Shelves

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Recently, I made the big trek across country and now call NYC my new home. Immediately upon moving to this concrete jungle – besides realizing this city includes A LOT of walking and houses teeny-tiny apartments – I quickly discovered my living space was going to be drastically different from my spacious L.A. abode. A five-story walk-up, one-bedroom apartment occupying a rambunctious labrador, my boyfriend, and myself takes up a whole lot of room, forcing me to come up with some space solutions. Thus, I begin this ‘Small Spaces’ series where I will reveal tips and tricks to the small space obstacles I am currently faced with.

Shelving in a small space is crucial. Instead of adding more furniture storage pieces, I’ve learned it is necessary to build up, not out. Before, a new bookshelf or console table with drawers would suffice for storing and decorating my home. But now, hanging wall shelves has become a best friend of mine (or my boyfriend’s best friend – since he’s the one doing all the dirty work of hanging shelves).

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Style it: Shelving can be styled as a regular bookshelf, mixing storage with decor for a perfect balance. Stack books in different ways – lean some, pile some, and add book ends. Adding pretty details like a topiary plant, candle, or decorative object on top of stacked books or on shelves adds color and character detail. Adding a couple of wall shelves in the kitchen can display utensils, cake stands, or pretty serving dishes. Painting the wall shelf the same color as the wall will blend the shelves and make the decorative accessories and storage pop (i.e. photo on right, above).
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Store essentials on wall shelves in the bathroom – but make it look pretty and polished at the same time. Fill apothecary jars with bath salts, q-tips, or cotton balls and stack towels in a neat way to present a polished, spa-like look. I like the idea of adding baskets to wall shelves in the bathroom – baskets can hide away hair products (i.e. my flatiron, blow-dryer, and hairspray) or other bathroom nick-knacks. 

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Using a shelf in replace of a nightstand saves space and also gets the job done. Add a lamp, a candle, or vase of flowers. It’s also the perfect spot to house that book you read before bed.
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Here is my take on wall shelf decor essentials:

1. Wall Shelf, Target, $14.99-$34.99
2. Gold Pig Book Ends, CB2, $29.95
3. Octagonal Flower Mirror, Overstock, $72.99
4. Simba Chevron Basket, Crate and Barrel, $69.95
5. Single Sphere Topiary, Amazon, $19.95

Happy Decorating!

Xo, Dominika

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