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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


Color Me Happy: Pink!

16 Aug

Have you missed me?

It’s been over a week since I last posted and I apologize. My life has officially begun in Houston which meant a move out of one house, into a temporary other, and the start of my new job. My job has been a lot to take in to say the least but I am loving staying busy and working in advertising. Everyone says all new jobs are crazy busy at first and can make you feel stupid at times…and this is what I’m finding out on a personal level too. I’m living with an ADORABLE family friend, Phyllis, for the next 4 weeks and we are getting along famously. However, I wasn’t aware until now that I could use my laptop in her house. With the unplug of an ethernet cable here, and an advanced setting there…voila! Mac (my computer) is ready to go and I’m ready to post.

Today since I’m in such a productive and fabulous mood, I am going to inspire you with one of my favorite colors (honestly — what’s not my favorite color?)


I was also personally inspired by this color today thinking about my boyfriend’s first day of law school. Pink is his very favorite color so I wanted to give him a shout out after a long first day of classes.

Just kidding — but him starting law school did remind me of a certain blonde haired, pink-clad icon of our generation who did law school in style: Elle Woods.

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde -- a walking, talking, kick-butt Barbie doll.

So with that in mind, this one goes out to all your girly girls out there. Some of these rooms look like a gigantic pink bomb exploded. Others have just enough of the bright color to make a room look happy. See where you fit on the richter scale of pink!

Here’s an example of a fabulously exotic headboard. It reminds me of what a modern day Jasmine from Aladdin would have in her room in the palace. All it needs is Raja and you’d be in business.

Inspired by: Alkemie (Designer: Holly Dyment — see link below)

Even without the pale pink walls, these fun painted bamboo chairs and fabric seat coverings add tons of flair. I’m definitely doing this in my new apartment (I move in September – woo!)

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

This would be SO easy to re-create. All you have to do is buy/have a dilapidated (nice vocab word, eh?) old dresser you don’t mind painting, pick the brightest best shade of pink or magenta, and have at it. I love how girly it looks with this Hollywood vanity mirror.

Inspired by: The Decorista

If you’re looking for just a touch of pink, try a lighter shade like this bedding or just a bright accent like the floral fabric and headboard above the bed. I love this bedding – it is super feminine yet you could make it so preppy. Hmm…dorm room, anyone?

Inspired by:  The Decorista

How about one extremely bold wall? This room is full of bright colors and crazy patterns but somehow still comes off looking mature. Are you daring enough?

Inspired by: Decor Pad

The stamped brocade print is TO DIE (for). This is by a professional designer but you can do this in your own home by painting a wall hot pink/magenta, buying an intricately designed stamp from Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and carefully placing said stamp all over the wall in various metallic colors.

Inspired by: Holly Dyment

What is it about crisp, clean white with bold colors that makes me happy? I love this room. Find a bright, funky couch and let it be your inspiration for an entire room. This is a great option for people with plain walls (who can’t or don’t want to paint) but still want to jazz their living style up.

Inspired by: Alkemie

This couch area is in an outside patio. Even if you don’t feel comfortable throwing obnoxious colored paint on the wall INSIDE your house, try something fun and new OUTSIDE your house. Dress up a patio with fun outdoor rugs and tableclothes like in this pic.

Inspired by: The Decorista

And last but certainly not least…what proper discussion of the color pink could end without a reference to fairy tales and little girls? Even though we’ve already put Jasmine in the spotlight, and my friend Ariel in recent posts, this Disney princess is the original. Cinderella’s pumpkin coach was the inspiration for this (toddler’s) room. I know it isn’t practical in the least, but how freaking cute is it? You better believe (and I know it’s probably not a stretch for most of you who know me) my kids are going to have this creation in their rooms one day!

Inspired by: Joglosmart Furniture Design

Send me pictures of your pink room for next time’s edition of Color Me Happy: Pink!!!

Animal House: Zebra Print

13 Jul

Today kicks off another themed week — Animal House.

If you can’t guess what the concept is by the title, this week I will be delving into the wonderful world of using animal-inspired decor in your home — print, fur, rugs, pillows, heads (seriously!)…EVERYTHING!

Animal prints have always been popular because they have been considered exotic, exquisite and even royal (Queen Claire sounds good, right?). They have been a symbol of status and even today, people prominently display animal “trophies” (heads) in their home. That kind of creeps me out…but to each his own I suppose.

One of the most stereotypical animal prints out there is zebra print. Perhaps one of the reasons zebra print is so popular and used is because every single zebra has a different set of stripes — like a human finger print. Even though today in modern times most animal print is fake/manufactured (thank goodness), this unique-ness is still a huge draw about zebra print.

And I am currently OBSESSED with using zebra print as a muted neutral — yes, I said neutral. I know that animal print can be extremely over done when thrown haphazardly in a room. But if you use just a touch here and there, it is an exquisite way to add a different pattern and texture to a room.

Today, peruse the images of zebra print below. Tomorrow, we continue to travel through the wild world of animals…

Muted zebra print -- yummy!

Inspired by: Alkemie

Whoa -- this is a little overboard for my tastes. But you've gotta applaud the creative courage.

Inspired by: Bright Bazaar

I love, love, love these zebra print benches in this room! So bright and happy.

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

See how it even blends well in this bright, bold room.

Inspired by: Color Made Easy magazine

This rug is a focal point of the room.

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

These zebra print seats add extra sitting space as well as cute-ness.

Inspired by: Lonny Mag

These zebra print seats are so cute in this plain room!

Inspired by: The Decorista

This is definitely a neutral -- light blue zebra print.

Inspired by: Lonny Mag

More light-colored zebra print. Having the stools underneath this table is called "layering" because it adds another layer or level for your eyes to focus on in the room.

Inspired by: Odi Et Amo

Zebra print is even welcome in outdoor spaces!

Inspired by: The Decorista

Such a moody room -- purple with zebra RAWR!

Note: No animals were harmed in the writing of this blog.

Real Readers: Inspired by Funky Bear

12 Jul

I got an e-mail yesterday that MADE MY DAY! A Funky Bear subscriber was inspired by one of my posts to use yellow in her new apartment!

A friend from college, Carrie, has just made a big move to Richmond, Virginia to accept an awesome job in advertising (yay Carrie!). While trying to make her new apartment cozy and familiar, Carrie was on the prowl for good ideas.

She had been checking in with Funky Bear from time to time and was looking for ways to brighten her room and make it more cheerful. When I posted all about yellow rooms, she knew she had found her inspiration. Yellow is Carrie’s favorite color and she decided to get crafty.

Here is the picture she was inspired by:

A Domino room was just the inspiration Carrie was looking for!

Inspired by: Simon on the Side

Here is Carrie’s final product:

It looks AMAZING, right?

Since this is sort of a DIY too, here’s how you can re-create the “lined shelf” look:

1. Buy liner. Carrie went to Target to buy a roll of plain yellow wrapping paper. (She also mentioned hey had a GREAT selection of other fun colors such as pink, orange, blue, red, etc — so if yellow’s not your thang try another color!) You can also use swatches of fabric or wallpaper depending on the look and pattern you’re craving.

2. Cut lining. She then measured the back panels of all the shelves in her bookcase and cut out yellow wrapping paper pieces accordingly.

3. Attach lining. Carrie decided to use double-sided tape to attach her color to the back panels — and it obviously worked out just fine for her. But another easy and removable way to keep the wrapping paper in place is to use tacks in each of the 4 corners. You can match them to the wallpaper or find clear ones. This will allow you to pull it as tight as you want to decrease wrinkles and you can pull them off whenever you need to.

4. Voila! Carrie had re-created a great sunny look in her new apartment in (probably) less than 30 minutes!

Here is some of Carrie’s parting advice for all you crafty girls out there:

“These projects really aren’t that hard. I think they look intimidating at first, but if you kind of just break them down little by little, instead of trying to magically transform your room one day, it makes it a whole lot easier!”

Thank you so much Carrie for sending in pictures of how you were inspired by the Funky Bear! It is extremely motivating to hear that my quest is helping other people too.

So since today is all about inspiration, I too have been inspired by Carrie. I have now created an e-mail address where anybody can send me ideas, real rooms, questions, or random thoughts. I would LOVE for this blog to constantly feature how REAL people are finding inspiration in their lives, or even how the Funky Bear can help you out in that department.

E-mail me at: thefunkybear@gmail.com

Yay! Get started e-mailing me ASAP so I can get inspired by YOU!

As a parting note, check out all of these shelves with wallpaper, fabric, or painted back panels. And go try this DIY project at home!

Inspired by: All About You

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: BLDG 15 (Free People)

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

Inspired by: Country Living

Inspired by: Giddy Goat

Inspired by: Noodle Soup

Inspired by: Sweet Sweet Life

Color Me Happy: Totally Taken with Turquoise

21 Jun


The word conjures images of sandy beaches with crisp teal waters, lime green frozen margaritas, vibrant bathing suits and matching toe nails, and chunky necklaces to brighten up an all white-outfit.

And Summer would be completely bereft without the color turquoise.

It seems to me that this gorgeous hue is the color of the year. Seriously. I am DYING to paint my room a startling shade of turquoise. However, since I’m still living with some very picky roommates (a.k.a. Mom & Dad) who don’t throw paint up on the wall on a whim, that just isn’t an option for me right now. But I’ve been window shopping online to see how other (lucky) people are using this color in their homes because as soon as I’m out of this prison lovely home**, you can bet your last dollar this color is going up on my walls.

**I’m just teasing. I love my mom and dad they are wonderful people and extremely generous for putting me and my cat up in their beautiful home for the Summer 🙂

If, like me, you are inspired by loud colors, do a search online for “color inspiration” and check out the Google images you get or the different designing blogs that come up. The best one I’ve found for today’s turquoise inspiration is:

House of Turquoise http://www.houseofturquoise.com

This blog is written by a gal named Erin who is obsessed with the color turquoise (more so than me, I believe).

She also has a shopping blog to lead you directly to all things turquoise: http://www.everythingturquoise.com/

Here are some of the amazing, eclectic, and crazy rooms I found to inspire you to use turquoise in your life. Get ready, because this one is a doozy. I couldn’t contain my excitement for the color, so I went all out. Enjoy!!

Inspired by: Alkemie

I love how this designer paired the intense turquoise walls with an equally as intense shade of green for an accent with the mirrors and seat cushions. So fun!

Inspired by: Alkemie

This is a little example of how you can use turquoise with pink — it doesn’t have to look like Lilly Pulitzer threw up all over your house. With this funky and different mirror and the darker shade of turquoise, the room looks sophisticated rather than silly.

Inspired by: Alkemie

Here’s another example of using lime green and turquoise together in a way that works well. These book shelves seem like they are built into the wall, but you could just as easily buy an old set of bookshelves on Craigslist or at Goodwill and paint it turquoise yourself. That way if you mess up or the color is way too much for you (how on earth could that happen?!) then you can scrap it, no big deal.

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

This kitchen was boldly painted turquoise and the back of the shelves have been covered in a cute wallpaper. An easy DIY should you find the time.

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

This room has a very sophisticated look but is livened up with the turquoise rug and accents. It makes the room more inviting and young feeling, even with the other harsh black and white pieces.

Inspired by: Casa Pinka

Here is a lighter shade of turquoise on the walls, for all you hesitaters out there. I also love the darker turquoise hanging piece and the birds on the wall. It really adds some funk, no?

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Here is a bright dining area. It appears as if the owner painted the chairs the same color as the walls to match. I love the bird cage in the background too! They seem to popping up everywhere.

Inspired by: Growers & Nomads

The painted tree on the walls is reminiscent of the decals I found in my earlier article, Alphabet Soup: Vinyl Wall Art & Decals. Turquoise is the perfect background to set these decals on, especially ones with white or a very light tan.

Inspired by: Growers & Nomads

Again, green + turquoise = too much cuteness. The way the wall is decorated above the couch is another obsession of mine. I love clustering picture frames to create a centerpiece for the room.

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Although the walls are not painted turquoise, the shower curtain incorporates the color in a fun, flirty way.

Inspired by: House of Turqouise

The color with these decorations looks eclectic and cool; different from how most people pair things with turquoise (bright with bright, or bright with bright white). And the “Welcome” letters are fabulous! More Alphabet Soup for ya…

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Yet another room with reds and turquoise that somehow avoids the Lilly Pulitzer vom affect. This would be a really cute guest room (if you have a guest room at this point in your life).

Inspired by: LuLu Painting

Matching the couches to the wall could have been a disaster but it is pulled off effortlessly here with plain furniture and all-white accessories.

Inspired by: LuLu Painting

If my living room could be as bright, happy and funky as this one someday, my life’s decorating mission would be complete. LOVE all the browns, greens and the light shade of turquoise (almost sky blue) and the cluster of pictures on the wall.

Inspired by: Odi Et Amo

This room is fresh and clean with jolts of color. It looks like it could be for a teenage girl but is mature enough to work for anyone with a few additions of your own liking and age-appropriate-ness.

That’s it for today’s Inspiration Board. I hope you are as totally taken with turquoise as I am. Keep looking at other blogs for color inspirations and get some turquoise in your life ASAP!

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