You know what's an added bonus to being married to M? The fact that he's so freaking handy with a power tool. I've had these shelf brackets from my last trip to Ikea just laying in the garage making googly eyes with some barn wood from M's parents. When I thought we were moving, I decided not to put them up, as we would just have eight more holes to patch. Now that it's on hold, and because we had some free time at home this past weekend, I thought it would be a great time to put them up. M had been saying he would, so I finally held him to it.
I love rustic style (although a realtor told me my style was "Shabby Chic"- whatever, she was wrong!) and even though our house is only a few years old and doesn't have a lot of character, I still think these shelves look good with some other big items I have in the house. I gathered some Christmas decor that I previously had nowhere to put and had fun displaying it. What's displayed now is just temporary- which is how I see this shelf's purpose. I don't want to just set it and forget it. Most of the fun in having shelves like these is to be able to stage it with all kinds of fun, seasonal items. I've been browsing Pinterest for open shelving ideas and am excited to re-do it when Christmas is over. I LOVE changing things around in the house and this might just be my little fix- moving things around on the shelf!
For the bottom row of pictures I used some Ikea frames I had on hand and a bunch of pages from my Real Simple magazine. I thought it would be a fun way to display some temporary seasonal "art" without having to buy it!
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These shelves have been on my to-do list for months so I get a little giddy when I walk into the room and see them. I'm so thankful that I have a patient guy who not only cut the wood and hung the shelves, but spent about twenty minutes just holding up the seriously heavy pieces so I could figure out where and on what wall I wanted to hang them. Thanks honey!