Styling the Top of my Bookcase

24 July 2015

I always loved how people styled the tops of their bookcases, with decor and artwork just resting neatly on top. With my IKEA Kallax bookshelves in the study I was super happy to finally be able to do just that. For ages I really didn't know how I wanted to style it at all, and it had mostly sat with empty frames along it. I decided to go with a mostly monochromatic theme, with pops of green from the plants and some other subtle touches. 

I've had that Marilyn Monroe poster for years now, but I recently cut it so that it would fit into my square frame and I've never been happier. As for the Scarlett Johannson print, I had always been a fan of her and that photograph, but it took a long time for me to get my hands on it. 
These two framed prints were the starting points on styling the bookshelf top.

I collected a lot of other items that I already had, as well as acquiring pieces specifically to sit atop there. From Left to Right, my faux plant and white pot both from IKEA always a favourite.
Good for places that won't get enough light. Then my ceramic black and white owl, a gift from Josh's parents. 

I have a timber and white ceramic oil burner, for when life gets way too stressful. My favourite essential oil blend is "Calming" which is a blend of orange, lavender and patchouli. Heavenly. 

In the very center is Josh's clock, which I don't think even has batteries in it at the moment but I like the look of it. In front of it is an Ampersand cut out from Typo. I really like how it matches in with the style of everything. 

I got this beautiful Clear Quartz Cluster* from Feel Crystals that I adore. I think crystals are really amazing and I would love to read and learn more about them. Clear Quartz is said to be full of positive and cleansing energy, and can help in emotional healing if you're feeling stressed. I feel a bit calmer just thinking about it. 

I have a petite candle by White Horse Home in Parisian Pear that smells divine when lit. The entire study smells of cinnamon and pear. Like a pie.  At the end I have my Bird's Nest Fern that I probably need to move as I don't think he's getting enough light during the day. But it's very pretty. I'm not sure where else I should put him. 

Finally there's Geoffrey, my faux plaster stag head. He's from Typo and used to hang above my study when I lived at home with my Mum. He's now progressed to a more chilled lifestyle. I'm sure he'll be hanging up again one day. 

I'm pretty happy with the decor I've got up there at the moment, it might change around in the future but currently I think there's just the right amount.

Cya! xx
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  1. I love the owl ornament =]

  2. The crystal is so pretty, defs gonna get one for my room!

    lisa | lisaxbeauty

  3. Oh gosh, I wish my bookcase was this cool! I love how you styled it and made it so clean and cute! The Quartz Crystal puts such a unique touch! Oh and If you could just send me Marilyn and Scarlett that would be great thanks

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

  4. Oh, I love this so very much, I want a bookcase to decorate now.

  5. looks great, you have an eye for these things :)

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  6. I love your bookcase, ahhh! I also want Scarlett Jo in my room, please, and ahh, it'd be nice if I could chill with you in your pie-smelling study, please. And your owl vase is too adorable!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  7. I love the way you decorated your bookcase! I have that unit (well the one before - it wasn't Kallax when I bought it!) but the 4x4 so it's much taller. It's currently covered in stuffed toys. I should fix that!

    Rachael at

  8. That Scarlet Johansen@s picture looks nice , i love how you decorated with the Crystals. Nice Job , lovely space.

  9. This looks so nice! Scarlett Johannson is so beautiful x

    Abi |

  10. the crystal is beautiful, love the overall style x
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  11. I love what you did with it! Hope to decorate my room soon as well!

  12. This is so pretty! Those pictures of Marilyn and Scarlett are gorgeous, and all your little pieces are just adorable!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  13. Oh it looks great! I love decorating shelves, it's my storage place for knick-knacks and souvenirs haha.

  14. It looks stunning! I also have the same bookshelf however I have mine portrait rather than landscape so there is little room to decorate the top. However, I might just flip it around and take some inspiration from you because this is super super cute and I do like a bit of cute in my life ;) Great Post! x

  15. I really like that you have quartz - I love decorations that have some sort of connection with nature. I wanted to get a huge quartz that would act as a light holder but 700 pounds... Maybe not. Find me at & Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

  16. It looks like you have done a very lovely job at decorating the top of your bookshelf. (Sidenote - still confused about the new Kallax - it's basically just the EXPEDIT right?) - Really love your little quartz crystal as well. Going to check out that website now.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  17. I really love what you did with the top. It looks beautiful and yet so simple.

  18. This is so perfect, I'm definitely inspired <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

  19. Your style is so quirky, I love it! x

    Toni x

  20. You have such a unique touch when it comes to home decor! That chubby owl is the cutest <3
    She Will Be

  21. I really like the style of your house!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

  22. I love it!! One of my favourite things is styling my dressing table and I do it similarly to yours - plants, pictures and scented candles. Beaut :)

    ~Lor @ ♥

  23. lovely post!
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    Jess |

  24. What a great post! I love the way you styled this. I love the photo of an androgynous Scarlet Johansson, classy chic.

    I'm blogging about similar things, check it out and let me know what you think:

    XO K

  25. I love how you styled the top of your book case! I think that the frames look lovely along with the other decor items ^-^

    Sarah |

  26. Such lovely styling, and that crystal is beautiful!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  27. You did such a wonderful job styling your bookcase! So many beautiful pieces!

  28. This looks amazing! I love that photograph of Scar-Jo!
    April xx


  29. You decorated it real well :)


  30. I have been addicted to homeware styling and interior design lately. I cannot wait to decorate and redesign my own little place. You've done such a great job with the top of your bookcase!

  31. Oooh, I love your bookcase! Love the little pieces especially the owl figurine and the crystal :) If I may ask, where did you buy the owl? It's so cute and I really love owls. We have the same big eyes haha
    Followed you on bloglovin by the way, I hope you can check out my blog as well <3

    xo, J | La Petite Fawn Blog

  32. Beautiful space :)) Happy weekend xx

  33. I love it!! So stylish and beautiful. You've done a great job! xxx

  34. My favorite is the ceramic black & white owl. You have a great eye for interior detailing :]

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  35. I love the way it looks! I'll definitely be taking inspiration for when it comes to decorating parts on my uni room in September : )

    Kathryn |

  36. I love your quartz!! :)

  37. I love the clock, it's so different

    Emma emhasrednails

  38. Oh. My gosh Tegan. This is AMAZING. I love it so much! The color scheme, Scarlet's print (ugh she's so gorgeous)... from the crystals to the oil burner... haha I want this in my home! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration, I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm loving every bit of it. Can't wait for your upcoming posts!

    xx Chaereen | Inspinkle

  39. not only have you styled your bookcase amazingly, but it is all so gorgeous and pretty! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  40. Love your post! Awesome, dear!

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  41. I love how you've decorated this and these are some really chic pieces! I love the little black and white owl in particular and faux plants are such a great idea :) x
    Charlotte's Road

  42. I like he monochrome theme of styling with the portraits, it looks cool.


  43. I would really love to do this with my bookscase, but I can barely keep it decluttered. I guess I need better organizational skills before I add even more stuff in there.

    Natalia | Lindifique

  44. It looks great!! Love how you have decorated it! So clean but still has a lot of personality! :)


    Seize your Style

  45. Eeeep, this is so cute! I love the way you styled it. Mine tends to be more of a storage space than anything, I should change mine up sometime too. Good call on the fake plants - I'm so bad at taking care of plants, even my succulents died because I either overwatered or underwatered them :(

    becky ♡ star violet

  46. So lovely! Adore your crystal <3

  47. Love all of this. You have awesome style!


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