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Shelf Yourself: Shelf Decor Inspiration

23 Aug

Nothing can throw off the game of a fabulous room like inadequate shelf decor.

I know from experience. Currently my shelf decor is absolutely nothing to write home about. It is the final resting place — a graveyard if you will — where all of my forgotten knick knacks go when I’ve lost interest in them. One of my next personal decorating projects will be to change that for the better.

I believe it is especially difficult for a younger person with a lack of personally significant doodads to fill up these empty spaces. Even if we do know exactly what we want to put in (like I have pictured in my head), it’s hard to want to buy a $30 vase over a $30 dinner and drinks with friends.

Bookcases are pesky because they either already take up a bunch of space (built-ins) or you want them to cover a large blank space. They are meant to draw the eye while acting as storage. But how do you combine both functions in a pleasing way?  I’m glad you asked. See below for these gorgeous shelving inspirations. Later this week, we’ll go through your shopping list to create interesting and functional shelves!

A somewhat nautical theme with blue back paneling and white ceramic, starfish, and coral pieces. Perfect casual look.

Inspired by: Crush Cul De Sac

A very organized shelving unit. Magazines and books are ordered according to color and/or date.

Inspired by: So Haute Style 

Another painted background. This decor combines books, knick knacks of different shapes and sizes, and prints.

Inspired by: Flickr

Turquoise! Love! White and brass create a vintage look to the fresh cabinetry. Think: flea market and resale shop finds.

Inspired by: Habitually Chic

All sorts of colors brighten these white shelves up. Vases, coral and stacked books seem to be the decor du jour.

Inspired by: 346 Living 

Try a simple build-it-yourself bookcase for extra storage. You've gotta commend the great use of file boxes and binders here that keep things organized without sacrificing the design factor.

Inspired by: Me Oh Mama

These shelves have a slightly Asian feel with the warrior masks and small shrubbery (sp?).

Inspired by: Meloz B

Color themed wallpaper. White and yellow is so clean for a kitchen area.

Inspired by: Porter House

Oversized ampersand and crowded bookshelves. Very home-y, yes?

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Themed Bookcase: Birds! Notice the various textures and types of birds (Figurine, painting, book covers).

Inspired by: With Two Cats

Elephant bookends and more coral -- that seems to be a trend. Organizing the books and magazines in a color code gives the bookcase a sense of purpose and planning. Not the haphazard mess like my own.

Inspired by: Pinterest

Obsession: Leaning and stacking pictures and prints for depth. The different sizes and textures are so attractive to me. Makes me so happy for an unexplainable reason.

Inspired by: West Elm

In this instance, the actual shelves are half of the draw. Using plain white and silver decor on the shelves highlights the funkadelic shape of the floating black shelves.

Inspired by: West Elm

Here's a close up of abstract yet antique design. These pieces are easy to find around your own house or attic and can give a shelf some attitude (i.e. ridiculously long eagle-esque feather).

Inspired by: West Elm

Take a colorful cue from this image and find pieces that really represent you: unique artwork, record covers, and pop art from movies.

Inspired by: Desire To Inspire

Suitcases and apothecary jars with bold ladder shelves. I could see this in a guy's apartment without seeming like you care too much or having to try too hard. How about it boys?

Inspired by: Pottery Barn

It's all about the wicker and natural look here. Dried butterflies included? That sort of makes me sad.

Inspired by: Pottery Barn

Another clean look almost lacking color. Album covers and oversized letters.

Inspired by: Little Blue Deer

Black and white. So industrial-chic and bold. I personally need a little more color but the modern feel inspires me to be simpler. Wish me luck!

Inspired by: Ffffound


Obsession: Coral Bowls

28 Aug

If you look hard enough in home decorating magazines, other blogs, and even in people’s homes, you can find these unassuming yet awe-inspiring coral bowls and prints all over.

Explore the ways in which you could utilize a coral bowl (or any bright little bit of coral) in your home and then invest in it today! You better believe that a coral bowl or coral covered furniture is my next big purchase.

Inspired by: Bright Bold Beautiful

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Inspired by: Color Made Easy

Inspired by: Decor8

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

They’re a little expensive but they’re so funky, you’ve gotta have one. Visit one of the sites below to purchase your own!

Inspired by: The Well Dressed Home, $130

Inspired by: Outblush, $59

Inspired by: Fine Home Products, $73

Spotlight On: Jewelry Organization and Display

6 Aug

Okay so it’s that time of year again when people are moving out, moving in, and moving back to school. For those lucky peeps who get to go back to the University of Georgia — the #1 party school in the nation, may I add — I am supremely jealous. But going back to school can be a fiasco between moving into new digs, participating in Rush, or just getting ready for the school year in general. Even I am about to make a big move to Houston in 2 pieces — first, all of my clothes, etc. Later when it’s time to move into my apartment, I’ll come back for all of my furniture. Lovely, isn’t it?

Anyhoo, the point of this ramble is that when you’re moving around, you tend to want to get organized FAST! No one likes to have their room in disarray for long. People are always looking for little ways to compartmentalize, store and display their goodies. Especially jewelry.

There are lots of ways to organize and show off your jewelry at the same time. But you have probably seen so many different ways that you can’t even remember. Have no fear, Funky Bear is here! I’m going to show you a bunch of great things you can buy and make to organize your life via your jewelry in a neat, unique and FUNKY way.


First of all, I know all my loyal little Funky Bears read one of my first posts about making your own Earring Frames. I can’t stress enough how easy and effective this DIY project is! Read the post and go try it yourself, it will allow you to show off all your pretty dangly earrings and add some FUNK to your room in general depending on the frame you decide on.

Then in my most recent post, I took you through Ariel’s room and showed you her corkboard jewelry holder. This is also an easy one. Just buy a piece of cork, cut it to your liking, add push pins (they can be very decorative) and hang jewelery. Voile!


Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle


Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Only $20!

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Inspired by: Design Milk

Inspired by: Design Milk

Inspired by: Design Milk


Inspired by: Viva Terra


Inspired by: Viva Terra


Inspired by: Viva Terra

$32 to $46

Inspired by: The Well Dressed Room



Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle


Inspired by: Ameriglobe


Inspired by: Ameriglobe

Inspired by: Dream, Create, Inspire



Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Inspired by: Element Clay Studio on Etsy

Inspired by: Element Clay Studio on Etsy


Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Inspired by: Odd Candy

Inspired by: The Anthology



Inspired by: Urban Outfitters


Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: The Decorista

So to sum it all up, here are some tips when figuring out how you want to organize and display your jewelry:

1) Figure out if you like to have your jewelry on display or covered up, neat and tidy. Then you know if you want to have it out in the open or in a gorgeous jewelry box like the one from Urban Outfitters above.

2) Find your style. Whether you are an au natural tree-loving woman or are feminine and vintage, there is a jewelry display option for you.

3) Don’t rule out big chain stores! You can find cute options at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, and Marshall’s.

Send me pictures of you display your jewelry! I’ll give an update when I get enough pics!

Spotlight On: Marshalls and TJ Maxx

9 Jul

Let’s face it: Frugal is the new black.


Apparently they even made this saying into a t-shirt!

Or at least that’s what my intelligent mother keeps reminding me. And although I think she’s trying to teach me a valuable life lesson with this mantra (to not spend all of my money on clothes the minute I get it in my hot little hands), the woman’s got a point.

Besides being full of motherly life lessons and wisdom, my mom also has a GREAT eye for decorating a home to suit your personality. Our house is an eclectic mix of both traditional, modern, and even downright weird pieces (pineapple lamps?) — and somehow, they all come together in a beautiful mish-mash of our family’s unique charm.

That’s why, as I have been pursuing the best inspiration and ways to shop for decorating houses and rooms, she has continually brought up the wonders that are: Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

You’ve inevitably seen at least one of these stores in every large strip shopping center ever built… But now it’s time to make a trip there.

Both of these stores are essentially low-price department stores. These are the stores where many other stores send off brand name and designer inventory they couldn’t sell (either overstock or slightly irregular goodies). In turn, Marshalls and TJ Maxx sell the products for an extremely discounted price. It’s really a win-win-win situation: The department stores move inventory, Marshalls/TJ Maxx get inventory, and you get the best deal possible. To put it into perspective — If you’re a heavy and knowledge-savvy shopper, then this idea is the equivalent of heading to a Nordstrom Rack, Off-Saks 5th, or a DSW.

Like every type of bargain shopping, it’s more about the “treasure hunt” than mass buying just for the sake of it. However, my mom did admit when she was just starting out and had no disposable income to speak of, these were 2 of her fav places to shop just so she could randomly fill up her empty home. For a lot of us young-uns out there (myself included), this is an extremely viable option to do just that.

So without further ado, my mom has some valuable bargain-shopping words of wisdom for all of us decoristas out there. When it comes to shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, here are her tips she has learned after years of practice:

1. Call ahead to find out when they get new inventory.

I know, for example, that the Marshalls near me in Austin receives deliveries on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Pick one day of the week right after one of the drops that works for you.

Friendly and helpful service -- just give them a call!

2. Location can make a big difference.

What’s that saying? “Location, location, location!” Like many consignment, vintage, and re-sale shops, the location of the store can change the type of merchandise found inside. If you are looking to spend a little bit more money or grab some upscale items, check out a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s in a more affluent area (ex: near the Galleria/River Oaks in Houston). A lot of times because the owners of the stores know the type of clientele that will shop there, they will tailor the goods accordingly.

Map out a plan of attack!

3. Items to look out for: Sheets.

Looking for sheets with a thread count of 300+? Look no further than Marshalls and TJ Maxx. Keep in mind that the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet. So really you do want 300, 400, even 500 thread count sheets if you’re a cuddle bunny like me. But instead of spending 3 figures on them ($200 sheets from Pottery Barn? No thanks!), how about $60? Even better, how about $40? That’s what you’ll find when you treasure hunt at discount stores.

Check out these ones I just found at TJ Maxx for my bed — only $35, thank you very much.

I love how FUNKY the pattern will look next to my traditional floral duvet cover.

4. Items to look out for: Towels.

You can find GREAT deals on designer towels and brand names from department stores. And they’re just towels, no one’s going to know if they’re $75 or $15 so long as they get you dry.

I'm so jealous of these leopard print towels my sister got from Marshalls! They go SO well with the dark brown ones under it, which make it a sophisticated (and not obnoxious) look.

5. Items to look out for: Lamps.

As Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell’s character) of Anchorman says, “I Love Lamp.”

Honestly, this is my mom’s motto in life (or it should be), and I’m finally starting to agree with her. The design of and light from lamps can really make or break a room. Really nice and interesting lamps can sell for 100’s of $$. But again, when you treasure hunt at places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx, you can secure great finds like the ones below for $30-$50!

This great leaf/branch lamp sits in my sister's room -- again, jealous!

I love this red textured lamp. It really becomes the focal point of this entry-way table. (But the little white bird is cute too)

I told you there were pineapple lamps in our house...

This one is mine, all mine baby...

6. Keep an open mind.

I say this last but certainly not least. Check out these awesome odds and ends my mom has stumbled upon over the last decade or so in a Marshalls or TJ Maxx.

This colorful cube/chair/thing is the very epitome of FUNKY.

These fun pillows are great finds. And they look so FAB on the white couch AH!

This gold standing mirror acts as a useful centerpiece in my sister's room.

These striped pillows are another discount store purchase.

This might be the most amazing of all - 10 years ago my mom found this REAL (not knockoff) Vietri Italian plates. She had to fill in some of the collection with real ones, but most are Marshalls' finds. They retailed for $78 per dinner plate, but my mom got them for $20 a plate.

Just because you shop at these stores doesn’t automatically mean you can’t afford $300 Pottery Barn sheets. But that’s just plain STOOPID when you can get the same darn things for $60 at Marshalls. It doesn’t make you “cheap” to shop at discount stores like these — it makes you smarter than the Average Jane (or Joe). And look at these famous (and rich) peeps who have been spotted shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx!

Jennifer Aniston in Marshall's. Must be cold in there for how bundled up she is...

Kim Kardashian chats on the phone as she peruses TJ Maxx.

Even vampires shop! Robert Pattinson spotted coming out of a TJ Maxx in California. No doubt buying some nice home goods for his gf Kristen Stewart.

Okay, just kidding. I photoshopped all these pics. But I’m SURE they’ve checked them out before — Like I’ve been trying to explain, NO ONE (not even R Patz) can resist a bargain.

So now it’s your turn!

Find your nearest TJ Maxx or Marshalls location, call ahead to see when their newest goodies are delivered, then shop until you drop!

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