Sunday, March 6, 2011


My husband and I are currently having a home built. I get to choose all the finishes and I am LOVING it.

Currently kitchens are on my mind. More specifically, the concept of open shelving. Generally speaking I cannot stand anything to be cluttered. Especially, my design. Open shelving has a bad reputation. It conjures up images of clutter and distraction.

However. I have found there are redeeming images. There are ways to do it gracefully.

1. Common color theme.

In my opinion, it looks more organized and clean when there is color matching or organization on the shelves. It lets the flow of the room continue unhindered.

2. Purposeful Placement.

Keep track of what you have displayed. If open shelving is in a kitchen, the items should be in use. Schedule a regular time to clean the shelves off and remove items no longer used or ones that may have become stained or chipped. Common items that are used in open shelving design are plates, glasses, pitchers.

3. Specific Task.

Besides liking the design element, it will assist in streamlining your open shelving appearance, if you assign a specific function to your shelf. Such as, plates.

Images taken from Better Homes and Gardens Online.

As we walk through this home building experience, I look forward to sharing my design choices (and reasoning behind the selections) with you!

Pillow Design and Faucets coming soon!


  1. How fun! I'll be anxious to see what you pick and choose for your home. Personally, I'm terrible at making decisions. So it'll be fun to see what you do. I'm sure it'll be inspiring for me!

    Have a good week!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouragement! My husband laughs because I can't decide on something for dinner, but I have no problem designing our house! Ha.

    Hope you have a great week too!!


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