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How to Give a Space a Longer Shelf Life

by David & Mark|May 12, 2022

As we truck on with making our new pad as swanky as possible, there was one update that we couldn’t wait to get done. No, not the blinds and curtains which we are still desperately on the search for but shelves. You see, we have quite a lot of decorative stuff. From artwork and prints to vases, trinkets, and candles. Before moving we did that classic thing of stuffing it all away in boxes and bags and forgetting all about it. Now we’ve moved, we’ve unpacked everything and realized that we have absolutely nowhere to display things.

In the interim between moving in and finally getting some shelves up we basically stacked everything we could up in the best way possible using some random freestanding shelves we had. The outcome? A glorified squatters' paradise….

White wall, miscellaneous items on the floor
Red couch, throw pillows, miscellaneous items in the back

Now though? Well, see for yourself…

Desk, floating shelves, books, plants, picture frames
hanging plants from a floating bookshelf 
Blue hand painting artwork
Floating shelves, books, plants, picture frames

Much better! We called on TaskRabbit to help us with this task. We are not seasoned DIYers, you see, so we wanted to get someone in who had knowledge of how to use an electric drill. Enter, Nathaniel, our handy handyman. If it wasn’t for Nathaniel, you’d be seeing a wall of holes right now and two weeping bloggers.

Floating shelves, books, plants, picture frames
Desk, floating shelves, books, plants, picture frames

The shelves are the LACK floating shelves from Ikea and the future aim is to actually paint this whole wall. We’re thinking a really deep blue but watch this space.

Floating wall shelves with books, plants, and frames
Orange frame with blue drawing, black frame with black and white picture
floating shelves, books, plants, picture frames

What a difference a few shelves make, eh!

This article was written by David & Mark from Forward Features

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London-based duo blogging about interior, trends, design & industry news. Winners of the Best Design Inspiration blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards '16, Forward Features is the journey of David & Mark, interior geeks searching for domestic bliss in the city.

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