Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Well-styled shelving adds character and interest to your home, writes Kate Nixon.


Design and styling by Kate Nixon

Photography by Maree Homer

The ultimate ‘shelfie’ is a chic juxtaposition of old and new, form and function, style and wit captured in an arrangement of perfectly positioned pieces. The best approach is to clear the decks, lay everything out and begin with your favourite pieces.

Work within a consistent palette to layer objects in varying scales and finishes, with vertically and horizontally stacked books. Make it personal - collected objects from your life and travels add authenticity and become conversation starters that thoughtfully reflect the best of those who live within the home.