A Guide to Shelf Styling and an AGI announcement

We received such great feedback on the shelf styling for our mid-century project, I thought it might be useful to break down how we go about styling shelves, and to make an exciting announcement!

The styling phase is one of the last in the design process, and is so important to completing the overall vibe of the design.  (See my recent post on design implementation) For that reason, there's styling variations that contribute to the design, but there's also a formula that works regardless of the look you're going for.
 

AGI Shelf Styling Formula:

  1. Gather an even mix of books and curated artifacts or items.
  2. Place some books horizontally to act as platforms for artifacts.
  3. When going for a neutral palette (as we were with the mid-century project), place books with the spines facing in. The view of the pages contributes to a more calm, edited feel.
  4. Place books and artifacts in a way that there is "breathing room" between them.  This allows each item to participate in the design.
 
 The neutral, mid-century style of the design was complemented by curated items original to that era, provided by  Caribe Casual .  Photo by  Jenn Verrier .

The neutral, mid-century style of the design was complemented by curated items original to that era, provided by Caribe Casual.  Photo by Jenn Verrier.

 A variety of vintage collected items helps provide character to a new shelving set we recently styled.

A variety of vintage collected items helps provide character to a new shelving set we recently styled.

 

Because the AGI aesthetic places importance on unique and eclectic design, we carefully select pieces for the finishing touches of our projects.  As a professional, it's sometimes tough to decide when to keep great resources close to the vest, and when to share because they're SO DARN GOOD.  We decided Sharing is Caring, and with that notion, introduce the AGI Shop!

We've curated our favorite items from vendors whose style we love, and who've helped us bring our designs to completion.  In many cases, the items are vintage and/or one-of-a-kind, and sold by individuals who love the craftsmanship often associated with antique or vintage goods.  

One of our top sources, Caribe Casual, is offering a promotional discount to AGI readers to kick off the opening!  Click through any items listed by CC, and enter AGI10 as the promo code at checkout.

We're so excited to begin this phase of our connection to AGI fans, and thank you for your support of our endeavors!