ShelfscapeI can’t tell you how happy this little scene makes me. But I can tell you the elements that make it work.

After both of my parents passed, I wanted to create a small space in my office to remind me of them; one that would make me smile when I saw it. The embellished photo in the back was given to me by a very good friend of mine. We were next door neighbors when we were three years old! She found a photo I had posted on Facebook and made this art piece for me.

The little sign on the left is an inscription of my father’s favorite saying. He lived for 20 years following a serious heart attack and the implantation of a defibrillator — one of the first patients to receive one. But through four near-death experiences, he never complained or used his health as an excuse not to try new things. After all, “It is what it is.”

We gave the dog figurine to my mom after my dad’s passing. It features a bulldog with wings, and these words on the bottom, ” They sent me…The other angels were busy.”

It’s important to design the spaces around you so that you’re nourished in some way by whatever your eye may fall upon. Arrangements on shelves or tables can and should be simple reminders of how good and beautiful and funny life can be.

2 Responses to "How To Create a Shelfscape"

  1. Jesse

    October 23, 2014

    I can relate to needing a display, but at my house, my moms things are in every room except the bathroom and our bedroom. It’s always been that way. She would loan me this or that, I would put it up. My brother would send stuff up… It’s all good. J

  2. sunny

    October 23, 2014

    As long as it’s all good, Jesse, that’s what matters!

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