Montreal is magical in the fall. The entire city is morphing into a cozy, beautiful, colorful landscape. I have to admit after the crazy hot summer we had, I was craving chunky sweaters and rolling up in a blanket with chai latte and a book. My collaborator, Camille, and I thought the was perfect timing to put together a boho bedroom with some cozy vibes.
Our pompom blankets are the perfect item to add to your bed at this time of year. It can totally change the entire look of your bed. The pink striped one is my personal fave (of course).
We love this rattan chair! (a vintage find that Camille snapped up) and our most popular pouf in a beautiful shade of tan leather (it is actually paler than what it looks like on this picture, check the product picture here for the actual color). You can also add a beautiful wall hanging on your wall, it makes a beautiful artsy-cozy addition.
This eucalyptus wall hanging is a little DIY project Camille made for our friend, Isabelle, founder of the Si Simple jewellery brand. It’s surprisingly easy to make, all you need is a beautiful branch of drift wood, cotton cord and dried eucalyptus. And it smells so good! I really want to make one for my bathroom.
Hope this gives you a few ideas to cozy-up your bedroom for fall. –Stephanie
We’ve been wanting to create some gallery walls for quite some time! Gallery walls are such a great way to add personality to your home decor on a budget. They add interest to your wall in a snap. You don’t need to get fancy and buy expensive frames, cheap ones form Ikea or your local thrift store really do the trick.
Now that we have all sorts of new beautiful prints, we’ve decided it was about time we came up with a few gallery wall ideas for you guys. We thought it would be fun to create different options with our own print collection. Camille and I have put together 4 different gallery wall ideas you might like for your own decor.
This one I feel is a bit romantic so we think it would be super cute above a master bed. Note we’ve added a disco ball and a paper pompom to create some volume and interesting texture. Adding different objects to a gallery wall area really helps to bring in personality. You could add some meaningful objects as well so that they remind you of beautiful moments in your life as a couple.
This gallery wall would look super sharp in a living room. It has a bohemian feel that we love. We love to mix different print sizes together and aren’t afraid to mix the colors. As long as you love it, it’s ok! There are no rules here, you can mix whatever you like. One tip I can give you is to use simple prints like these leaf prints and then maybe throw in 2 more complex art prints to the mix. If all the prints were as colorful as the smallest one, it would be too much. Notice we’ve added a little wall hanging to this gallery wall, as I said above, it’s good to have a little texture.
We’ve also done a thematic gallery wall, which can be really fun to put together! This one is for cactus lovers. But you can imagine one for a kid only using cats or one for your boyfriend’s office only using guitars… I love to add these little house shelves to a gallery wall, they are perfect to add volume and interest. And the fun thing is placing cacti on them too to keep everything on theme! This crochet wall hanging is also a cool piece to add to a gallery wall.
Last but not least, this gallery wall for kids is our absolute fave. It must be the pompom garland! We just adore the mix. How cute would it be in a nursery? You could also hang some artwork made by your little munchkin in the mix, it would be super cute.
Several months ago, I had these triangular plywood shelves made for the Baba loft by my friend Emmeline. (She happens to be a brilliant Interior Designer btw). Then we installed them and I was not quite sure how to style them. While trying hard to master the art of shelf styling with my collaborator Camille, we noticed a few short cuts to make shelves look cuter and cooler. I thought we had to share our little secrets with you guys because as easy as it looks, styling shelves can be a bit puzzling.
Some of these tips are super obvious but use them as a check list to upgrade your shelfie game!
Secret no.1 : Obviously, you need some plants, cacti and succulents too. I love waterfall plants, you know the kind of plants that have lush trailing leaves. This one is called a “Tradescantias Plant”. And it’s pratically impossible to kill, believe me. I love to add cacti and succulents everywhere as well because they’re also low maintenance plants. Airplants are also the coolest thing. Try a combination of different sizes. Notice the tiniest cactus on our shelf?
Secret no. 2: Gather your favorite table books and place some on your shelves. I think the error we all make is cording them all together. You can pop some here and there and don’t be afraid to place them horizontally and vertically. Also, I love to add small objects on them like baskets, small plants, candles, rocks, cute planters etc…
Secret no.3: Add something metallic or some sparkle. We love to add disco balls. They really catch the eye and add something fun to your decor. These gold storage bags are also one of our favourite secrets to add some gold metallic touches to our decor.
Secret no 4: Place a few baskets on your shelves. Perfect to hide the ugly nick nacks you need to keep, small baskets are the way to go to add color to your shelves. I love to mix different shapes, sizes and colors. You can check out our current selection over here.
Secret no 5: Add something cute that belongs to a child. We love to style with kids stuff! It might even be an obsession. Try these quirky little nesting animals, that small fox planter or these little house shelves. They are perfect to add a little quirkiness.
Secret no 6: Add something unexpected. It could be a vintage find like this Colonel Sanders vintage figurine. It adds an edge and it’s a cool conversation piece. I’m sure you have a flea market find you never knew what to do with hiding somewhere.
Secret no.7 : Use some small 8×10 prints on your shelves. This is my favorite secret. They add tons of personality to your shelf. And it’s a fairly inexpensive way of decorating. We have an awesome selection of prints over here. Have a look! You don’t need to go fancy, use basic frames you can find everywhere, 8×10 prints are the easiest to frame yourself.
Secret no. 8: Whenever possible, put some fresh flowers in your vases. Buy the flower of the season (which is always the least expensive) or cut a few flowers from your garden. Flowers are every stylist’s secret weapon. They just make everything look prettier. We love this LOVE vase and this little pink round one by artist Emily Reinhardt.
Hope you’ll try out our little secrets! We’d love to see your shelfies! Tag us via Instagram.
What is your secret trick to give your shelves a little edge? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below.
Jeanne Chan is the writer behind Shop Sweet Things. She has an eye for everything beautiful and colorful. You can take a complete home tour of her 750-square-foot apartment located in San Francisco over here! Here is a sneak peek at my favourite rooms.
I love the art gallery she created on her living room wall. Tastefully chosen prints are all you need to create an artsy statement and it’s a really inexpensive way to add tons of character to a room. (Pssst! We have some cool ones in the shop.)
Big plants, great table books and a few eye-catching vases are always a great decor enhancer.
I love the room she created for her little munchkins! The polka dot bedding she chose is so fun. Do you recognize our dotted pillows in there? I was super proud to see them in her beautiful decor! See the other corners of Jeanne’s home over here. -Stephanie
Here is the latest inspiration board I put together for The Marion House Book blog. I’ve been doing a bit of research for floor tile inspiration lately. It’s for a future kitchen project. It seems I am drawn towards anything that looks like colorful mosaic, you know the super expensive kind!… On a more realistic note, I’m thinking about a simpler black and white version, it might be a better, timeless option. What kind of tiles would you choose if you were about to renovate? – Stephanie.