• Back On Campus: The Shelfie

    Plants, records, candles, books: time to get all your faves together to create the perfect #SHELFIE. With five different personalities in mind, we've created five of our very own to help you get started.
    Photos by CJ Harvey

    The Person Who's Obsessed With That One Pinterest Photo of the Color-Coordinated Books
    Honestly, color-coordinating things is super easy and the end result is almost always guaranteed to look cute. If you have a lot of knick-knacks lying around, and their main theme is color (which... it should be, unless you exclusively buy things in black and white), this will be an easy one to try. We started with Marcus Oakley's Hill Art Print and then went from there to help build out our shelf.

    Books are the easiest thing to color-coordinate, so round up all your favorites and sort them (by color, duh). If your books are lacking in bright spines, buy some new, brightly colored books to add into your collection (we love Khloe Kardashian's new bookThe Book of Questions, and Miniscapes), or keep an eye out for used ones at thrift shops. If your end goal is primarily a color-coordinated bookshelf and you're not super concerned with the books themselves, thrift shops are an easy way to stock up on a rainbow of books. You can also re-cover existing books with colored paper if you're super committed to that Tumblr aesthetic.

    After your books are sorted, organize them the way you'd like them to look and then find color-coordinated knick-knacks to keep next to them. If you keep this shelf going, it's fun to keep an eye out for souvenirs that will help fit into your color blocking. The end result is a colorful, coordinated shelf!

    The Person Whose House Constantly Smells Amazing (But Is A Total Fire Hazard)
    Sometimes it just feels good to buy a candle, even if you already have 14 other candles at home. Use your candle obsession to your advantage and create a candle-centric shelf, perfect for lighting up when you need to kick back and relax.

    We love blending our candles with more artsy decor, like paintbrushes, sculptures, and succulents. Keep things arranged messily, and don't worry too much about having a perfect place for everything.

    Above: Ash Boy Smells Candle

    If lighting up a bunch of candles at once is stressing your nose out, try to stick to candles that have the same base scents (for example, all the ones we put out tended to have woodsy or musky bases, like the Ash Boy Smells Candle or the Flores Lane NYC Candle in Williamsburg). Mix in some plants and art supplies and your candle shelf will be cute enough for an Instagram before you know it. (Just remember to blow everything out when you're done.)

    Above: UO Essential Everyday Mug

    The Person Who Goes Out Literally Every Weekend To Buy a New Baby (AKA Plant)
    Who doesn't love plants? They instantly brighten a room and can go almost anywhere. If you're looking to bulk up the plant love in your home, you can visit any local nursery or hardware store most grocery stores even have a small plant section, if you're absolutely dying for some greenery.

    Above: Half Moon Planter

    When picking your plants, make sure you're aware of what you're getting. If you have pets, make sure they're not toxic to your animals. If the room you want to put them in doesn't have a ton of sun, find a plant that can thrive under those circumstances. If you know you're absolutely terrible at keeping plants alive, just go ahead and buy 20 succulents. There's no shame in it.

    Keep your plants from blending into one another with different colored planters. For smaller plants, you can keep them in kitchen mugs. Just make sure to repot them if needed.

    Above: Kevin Russ Horse Cuddle Art Print
    Above: Averly Mirror

    The Person Who Tells You That You Need To Stop Checking Your Phone at Least an Hour Before Bed
    Yes, staying zen is important, so if you're looking to bring a little serenity to your life, start with decluttering some of your stuff. A minimalist approach in decor doesn't have to feel cold - working in plants and candles will help keep a space warm, even if it's not exploding with knick knacks.

    Above: Sedona Candles

    We like keeping things monochrome to help up the peaceful factor - throwing too many colors into the mix can throw things off balance. Putting several lamps on your shelf or bookshelf instead of using overhead lights will also help rooms feel cozier and less stressful. Our favorites to put on display are the Cinema Box LED Light and the Pineapple Table LampThey're cute and functional!

    Above: Cinema Box LED Light

    The Person Who Loves To Proudly Display Their Shania Twain Vinyl
    You can't go wrong creating a photogenic listening station, especially if your record collection has expanded recently. To keep everything organized, arrange your vinyl alphabetically or by genre. That way, you won't have to constantly be searching through your vinyl for a specific album. 

    Above: LE-43 Wireless Bookshelf Speakers Set

    Pop your record player on top of your vinyl, along with some external speakers and a pair of headphones, in case you ever want to listen to your records solo but without bugging your neighbors. Our choice for headphones? The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT Wireless Headphones - they let you go anywhere and they sound crystal clear.

    Above: Neon Mfg. Heart Neon Table Lamp

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