Home Edit: Shelf Styling

If you look at my Pinterest, it is blatantly clear that I have a thing for walls of shelves. So when I moved a few months ago, there was no question that I had to install one of those myself. After a taxing trip to Ikea and a long night of leveling out the individual shelves, I now have my lovely wall that stores everything from books to paperwork to mementos.

Along the way, I have made some mistakes but after I’ve found a method to my madness, I have corralled a few tips to style a shelf wall. Keep in mind that this is by no means perfect (see the vestigal cable at the bottom) since it is a space that needs to hold everything and anything, not just the pretty stuff.



  • books, books, books – I know not everyone is a big reader, but in my opinion, shelves are for books and that has become the main focus of my wall. I know stacks of coffee table books are way more chic than rows of mismatched paperbacks, but for me, it is much more stimulating to see my favorite novels in neat order (which is why I opted out of the oh so popular rainbow organizing system).
  • cohesion – as much as I could I have tried to keep everything that is not a book in a concise color palette, bar for a few pops of color. As you can see, I have some pretty statement wallpaper right to side of the shelf wall, so I tied to keep it as muted as possible on the shelves with lots of white and muted pastels.
  • greenery – while I don’t have much of a green thumb, I added some cute succulents to break up the rows of paperbacks surrounding them. In their tiny white pots, they match the overall feel but add a bit of life and are easy to care for.
  • personal touches – I have added pictures of my family and little trinkets throughout to add a bit of personality and love to the wall. It not only helps to make the wall look more varied and airy but also reminds me of beautiful memories and the lovely people in my life.

So, all in all, this is far from rocket science, but I especially love this little space in my new home. While it unfortunately had to become a bit of a catchall for various odds and ends, I love how this wall of shelves (which are the LACK variety from Ikea btw) has become a focal point and an expression of personality in my small and cozy home.


Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everybody!

As the picture above suggests, I’ll be stuffing my face with delicious food for the rest of the year and relax with family and friends.

With only a couple of posts left in 2015, I’m already looking forward for everything the new year has to offer, but for now, I’m content with kicking back and enjoying a few quiet and cozy days back home.

Fall Edit: PF Candle Co.

Trying to make a tiny room in a foreign country feel like home is not an easy feat, but I found that one things that helps tremendously are candles, especially if they give off a nice, welcoming scent.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to scented candles, however, seeing as I am prone to migraines and smells definitely are a huge trigger. I can’t walk past a Bath and Bodyworks without feeling nauseous, so I have to resort to something a bit more sophisticated and, unfortunately, a little more pricey.

While I’ve loved the Diptyque scented candles in the past, which are definitely a beautifully luxe option, I think I have found a good medium with the soy candles by PF Candle Co.


PF Candle Co

I usually go for light and fresh scents or autumnal offerings at best, but it’s their woodsy, headier picks that have won me over. Teakwood and Tobacco is their best-selling candle for a good reason. A friend of mine described it as smelling like a clean, sexy guy, and I definitely concur. It’s warm, deep, and inviting and makes for a beautiful scent during these colder months. If you’re into these woodsy types of scents but want a bit more of a smokey feel, I would highly suggest Campfire, which smells just like that, a wood fire in the forest under a starry night sky. 

As I’ve already said, the candles are soy-based, which makes for a clean burn and they throw a nice amount of scent, even when they’re not lit. I also love that the come with a lid, which prevents dust and dirt getting into the wax.

With their retro, artisanal looking labels, the PF Candle Co. candles are understated and chic, which is why I’ll definitely be picking up many more from their collection.

Stationery Favorites

If there’s one thing I love, it is making lists. Checking off a hefty to do list or preparing for a trip by jotting down what I need to take makes me irrationally happy. Therefore, it is not surprising that I love beautiful stationery as well.

I tend to stick with the classics and for years I have been using the Moleskine Weekly Planner in the Star Wars Edition and I’ve already picked up one for 2016.

Stationery Favorites 2015

So while I get to live out my nerdy side with my daily planner, I do like pretty picks for my work and living space. Notepads for my desk are a must and I even like to keep a list handy in the kitchen for my weekly shopping.

In the past, I have loved the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail subscription, which comes with tons of adorable cards for every occasion, the occasional art print and some other bits of stationery. I have stopped getting the subscriptions for a while now, just because I’ve accumulated a lot of cool cards that I need to send out before I can get any more. I still get a bit of FOMO when I see their new set for the month, so I’m sure I’ll be resubscribing sometime soon.

I also love Kate Spade for a classy but quirky take on planners, thank you notes and other paper goods. They all are a great quality and look chic and sophisticated while keeping you organized.

And finally, I do have a sift spot for Rifle Paper Co with their beautiful floral prints. Their sets of notebooks are lovely, as are their art print collections. Since I will be moving again some time next year, I always have an eye out for their new releases so I can snag something that will go with my aesthetic.

Bookshelf #6

Tobar Barbarian Nurseries

Right now there’s not much to find on my bookshelf other than research. Having arrived abroad, I really feel like I need to buckle down and get stuff done.

Fortunately, since I do work in literature, I still get to enjoy a good novel every once in a while and right now I am working through Héctor Tobar’s The Barbarian Nurseries.

I think I have talked about this before, but the book is wonderfully written and jumps between the inner workings of the main characters effortlessly despite them being from very different social and cultural backgrounds. I am by no means deep into this book, so I am excited to see how the stories of the characters pan out, but I highly suggest you check it out if you enjoy social commentary and critique on contemporary American culture.