Before & After: Home Styling Part Two

18 April 2013 0


Last week I wrote about my online interior styling class and I presented the first results – my coffee table and sofa styling. Today, I want to share the second part with you: styling a bookshelf and a console. 

Justina Blakeney’s online course was a truly fun experience as we were asked to take ‘before & after’ pics and apply the ‘8 principles of styling’. So when I embarked on restyling my upper bookshelf, I’ve noticed one thing: it was hopefully packed. We learned that things should have a bit of space ‘to breathe’ in order to avoid a cluttered look. So I took off all knickknacks and a good deal of books, played with vertical and horizontal placement, added a bit of texture and colour with my little House Doctor owl, a dash of bling with my faceted sapphire blue vase and some spring botanicals. When I look at the ‘before & after’ pic I must admit – this is definitely an improvement.

The console was the next task. I have a lovely wooden console (found at Butlers) with many little drawers painted in various grey and black shades. Funny enough, I’d sort of restyled my console just a few weeks before the course kicked off, so I felt like I had to enhance my styling rather than restyle it completely. 

I liked the colour scheme that included greys, blues and greens so I looked around in my apartment and found a few goodies to add to the vignette: a green, vintage apothecary glass bottle, a weathered blue letter (both from Home Barn) and my quirky plant pot from Atelier Stella with a tiny cactus. I remembered the rule that items should be grouped in odd numbers, and a set of three has a great visual power especially if you combine different heights. Plus, the colours were perfect and ta-dah, my console styling was accomplished!

I really like the outcome of my little styling approaches. What do you think? Do you restyle your home frequently?

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply FrauSchmitt 18 April 2013 at 08:31

    Das Tüpfelchen auf dem “i”. Sieht toll aus!

  • Reply Lena 18 April 2013 at 09:50

    Nice! I can clearly see your teacher in these restyling projects, with the botanicals and fun little quirky things. Matches well will your happy style and adds some life, making it not too perfect and overstyled. And I really like the grey/blue/green colour scheme on the console!

  • Reply Sarah 18 April 2013 at 09:51

    With Spring Cleaning comes my urge to (re)decorate. I love your ideas and I will see where I can use them around the flat. I have this board on the wall with books. It definitely need something…

    Thank you for inspiration. I like your bookshelf and console very much!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 18 April 2013 at 10:26

    Looks like you’ve been enjoying the course Igor, which is great. A happy student πŸ™‚ I’m not one for restyling often… I usually keep things in place for a while. Maybe with spring and following my painting job, I should think about shifting things around.

    I do love your owl and is that an adorable wee robin in the top pic?

  • Reply Judith 18 April 2013 at 11:17

    I remember you blogging about the quirky plant pot. Still LOVE it! Great restyling job, Igor!

  • Reply Beauty Follower 18 April 2013 at 11:23

    I like the flowers and the tiny vase you add to bookshelf
    and the G letter on the console!

  • Reply Littlefew 18 April 2013 at 12:45

    Nice changes Igor!!! I think they look better now!! ;-D

    Have a happy day!

  • Reply Elba Valverde 18 April 2013 at 13:23

    Hi Igor!
    Everything look so pretty. How cute is that smiley face planter. Where can i get one?
    Have a nice day. Xo, Elba

  • Reply susan 18 April 2013 at 18:36

    A lovely mini makeover!

  • Reply Nordic Design 18 April 2013 at 18:43

    Very nice!!
    Loving that blue faceted vase! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Oum 18 April 2013 at 20:39

    My mom loves to play around with stuff in the house, moving furnitures, kicking down walls πŸ™‚ I think I inherited a bit of this but to be honest, I am still struggling with my boxes (I moved in september to a new city/place)
    PS love the console πŸ™‚

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 18 April 2013 at 22:43

      Ok, I haven’t reached the level of tearing down walls yet, but I can relate to you and your mother:-))

  • Reply tlcreative 18 April 2013 at 22:21

    I want and need that console!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 18 April 2013 at 22:44

      I love it too! It was the last piece in the store just a few blocks from my place and I bought it and carried it all alone like a weirdo on the street to my place:-)

  • Reply Holly {Avenue Lifestyle} 19 April 2013 at 07:01

    Good job, Igor! I love to style and restyle little corners of my home. Love your little smiley face pot plant! Definitely got some quirk factor there! Holly

  • Reply Ria Bartel 19 April 2013 at 07:01

    Besonders hat es mir die Konsole angetan. Ein kleines make-over mit großer Wirkung, aber das weißt du ja schon alles.
    Lieben Gruß von Ria

  • Reply Jule 19 April 2013 at 16:46

    I love your console makeover! The letter G and the cute flower pot are awesome! I have started to do the nightstand makeover but haven’t finished yet. At least I HAVE a nightstand now! πŸ˜‰
    Jule {inside9B}

  • Reply geraldine Tan 19 April 2013 at 23:21

    Wonderful makeovers Igor. Liking the bit of bling atop your books. Have a lovely weekend x

  • Reply Holly 20 April 2013 at 11:07

    Fabulous Igor! Love getting these little glimpses into your home πŸ™‚ The tips you applied really have an impact. Great job on both these areas.


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