Working on my shelfie

I recently vented about wanting to paint over our burgundy feature wall. I love burgundy, but for some reason it was really getting to me. I was being driven insane [I know, total #FirstWorldProblem]. It was, dare I say, too much burgundy?

But in reality, the last thing I want to do was to paint over it. Even though feature walls are a bit of a faux pas these days [I’m not one to stick to trends], I still love ours. I sat down and stared at it; trying to figure out what irked me so much about it. Then I realised there was simply too much – a burgundy wall, burgundy books, red books, purple books and burgundy accents all over the shelves [which you can see a bit here]. It was too much of the same colour in such a small space. So I gave our wall one last chance before getting my paintbrush out. On Monday evening I took everything burgundy off our shelves and went strictly black and white with little pink and viridian highlights …

While I was de-burgundying, I tried to take a fresh look at our shelves. It’s tough though when you’ve been staring at the same shelves for 5 years [and can’t do much because they’re your landlords], so I tried mixing up the monotony of the layout by removing a couple of shelves to fit in larger pieces [cloche and desk lamp]. I wish I did this years ago …

I of course had to reintroduce the kitty nook back into the shelves as part of making the layout simpler and sassier. It was quite sad when I got rid of the kitty nook by putting books on that little shelf; Juniper would walk up to it and stare at it longingly. To say she was excited when it returned is an absolute understatement. She clambers onto the chair and up into her cosy nook once again.

I’m hoping you’ll also pay special attention to my obvious pairing of the pillow with the spine of Abigail Ahern’s Decorating with Style book under our Robert’s radio. Marvel at my sublime coordination skills and including a new colour in our home! I’m breaking out. Aren’t you impressed? Next I’ll be trying socks with sandals.

I’m not sold on the layout of the right shelving unit yet [as seen in the second picture]. I need to put a bit more effort into that one, but as for the left unit, I am completely game. The burgundy wall no longer fights with what’s on the shelves. The pink and minuscule amounts of viridian compliment it nicely.

You’re safe for now, burgundy wall. I’m glad we’re on speaking terms again. 

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  1. May 20, 2015 / 17:51

    Ahh I love faffing around with accessories!! I'm so glad you decided not to get rid of the wall – I think it looks awesome personally. The refresh of the shelves looks grand – love the bits of blue – soz VERMILLION – such a nice contrast. 😉

    Also JUNIPER AND TOSHI!! High fives to happy kitties.


    • May 22, 2015 / 14:13

      I do love messing about with stuff in our apartment. My favourite game is to change or move something in our apartment and then have Robert try and guess what it is. I know, there's a special place in hell for me.

      Vermillion – love it!

  2. June 1, 2015 / 18:25

    I'm also glad you kept the burgundy wall – it belongs there! The changes look great, and I love how you've moved one shelf to create a bigger space that fits the lamp – that looks really cool and makes it more interesting. Good work! xx

    • June 2, 2015 / 10:59

      Thank you Maria! I'm really happy with how it turned out! I know it's such a silly thing to get excited about, but just making those few small changes have really made that end of our living room a bit more chic. Just mixing things up a bit really!