Colour me surprised when I found out that a shelfie is an actual thing. I was less surprised however to see that all the “shelfies” I discovered were Pinterest-friendly white, neutral and not particularly exciting.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re perfect if you’re an interiors nut that wants their home to not look lived in. But I thought I’d shed some light on an true shelfie – one that hasn’t been stylised (although you may notice I’ve themed up a few sections!). It also hasn’t been dusted for a while, so y’know…I’m all about the truth right here. Dust makes me sneeze a lot, so I tend to put off that chore.
I think a person’s shelf can tell you a lot about them. Whether its the books they read (or in my case, comics), or the ornaments and trinkets they chose to display, a shelf can show off someone’s personality in the purist way possible. I think my shelf probably tells you I’m a bit – a lot – of a nerd that should probably grow up but is totally not going to do it in a hurry.
Shelves should be used to paint a picture of you and your hobbies and loves. One of my favourite things to collect at the moment is Funko pop vinyl figures, which is why my shelves are teeming with them. You only have a taster of my collection here. Shelves are also great for placing items that don’t really belong any where else, or often don’t serve much of a purpose other than looking good or generally making you feel good.
What I haven’t pictured (to avoid you having to scroll through too much picture spam) is the little souvenirs I have from holidays – a bookmark from Prague, a small model Colosseum from Rome etc. These serve no further purpose than reminding me of memories. I’d choose these little bits and bobs over a “minimal” Ikea-inspired look any day.
Are you a shelf clutterer like me, or are you all about the strategically placed monochrome minimalism? Let me know in the comments!