With the right decor and expert styling, shelving and coffee tables can become real focal points in a room.

Flowers, books and vases are the obvious contenders, but its worth exploring your options. Think outside the box to create truly unique arrangements that will catch the eye of any visitor.

A bit of inspiration…

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The botanical craze has been around for awhile and is going nowhere! However, instead of strictly literal or faux flowers, why not go for flora or fauna-inspired sculptures or candleholders. Still super on trend, the addition of metal, wood or glass creates a less traditional and predictable look.

McGee & Co. Metal Cactus & Olea Wreath


India Jane Amazonia Leaf Lantern

Vases are definitely one of the most obvious items to place around your home. The perfect flower bearers–and who doesn’t love a bit of nature? If you want to stick to glass, I’d recommend branching out slightly and going for a metallic base or a dark ombre tint. You want to ensure that it can stand out on its own. I personally love half glazed ceramics in ethnic patterns. They really give me a sense of wanderlust.

Ld Shoppe Tribus Vase & Oliver Bonas Gold Honeycomb Vase

Maisons du Monde Gold And Black Vase & Trouva Parlane Lopez Vase

Incorporate purely decorative pieces such as abstract sculptures amongst your more practical items to create a real wow factor.

Restoration Hardware Abstract Sculpture 4 & Brass Sculpture 2

Fenella Elms Mobius African Ebony & Anthropologie Gilded Orb Objet

Bookends are a must-have on any shelf but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Agate stones are extremely popular and add a mystical element to your display. Chunky metal or carved wood can also be real impact pieces.

McGee & Co Gold Chain Bookends & Ld Shoppe Yountville Bookends

RH Brazilian Agate Stones & Oliver Bonas Agate Stone Bookends

And don’t forget the coffee table books! Whether just for display, for guests or for your own personal perusal on a lazy Sunday morning–a surface would feel bare without!


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Style and stage your items to your hearts content and create your very own still life!

Top photo credit: Chelsea Hing