I (@southernsurroundings) think there is one last room of our new house I haven't shown you-the office!  We had our cabinet maker build a great desk with built-ins for it.  We had them painted in the same dark grey of our laundry room (Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore).  We also used the same natural color butcher block for the desk top as the laundry room.

This piece itself transformed the whole office.  I knew it would be a great place to store books but I was a little stumped as to what to do with the rest of the shelves.  After a trip to Old Time Pottery, I had a plan in mind!

I knew we need a piece of artwork for the blank wall above the monitor.  I loved this neutral forest print with the gold frame from Old Time Pottery. It fits the space perfectly and the gold pops with the grey.


Old Time Pottery has so many baskets to choose from.  I love how their natural color goes with the butcher block and really stands out against the dark shelves.  Bonus-you can hide things in them you might now want to see.

Every shelf and needs a little greenery to give it some life.  I found so many cute faux plants there.

Now onto accessories!

My next stop was the pottery aisle.  These wood tone and white vases really stand out here.  Old Time Pottery has beautiful pottery.  It was easy to choose different colors and sizes.  The gold sphere and globe compliment the gold picture frame.  Oh and no office is complete without a clock.

There was still something missing when I stepped back.  I played around with my arrangement and added in some books for height and texture.

A trick I learned is to turn your books with the spine inside if you want a neutral look from the outside!  What a great idea!


I placed a couple of my home books flat against the back of the shelves and I like how they add even more interest.


I love the way these shelves turned out!  The office really feels homey now.

If I had any tips to give you, it would be to pick colors that will stand out against your shelves.  Style with different kinds of textures but not a ton of different colors if you're going for a cohesive look.  Unless you love a lot of color, then of course do you!  Greenery livens up any space.  Use big and medium sized accessories instead of all little.  They make more of an impact visually. Then come back in with your smaller pieces.  Most importantly, do what YOU love!  I hope this gave you some ideas for styling your shelves!


Thank you to Old Time Pottery for accessorizing our shelves so perfectly!
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