9 Jul 2017 38 comments

Open Shelving In Our Kitchen.

Let’s talk… my love for open shelving!

It dawned on me whilst writing this intro that we have open shelving in every room in our house! Even the hallway! And the bathroom.
I find it so soothing and homely to see my favourite belongings out on display. I know that makes me sound approximately one hundred years old, but there’s something to be said for having your favourite items where you can see them!

I was in two minds about whether we needed anything on this wall, but I love the way it’s come together. A hint of organised clutter always sits well with me. Although if I’m honest we could definitely scale back these overstocked shelves – but that’s not really my style!

One of the more recent additions are the String shelves we put up in our kitchen. You may remember that this wall was previously left completely blank. I liked it at the time, but as we got used to the room I warmed to the idea of open shelving filling the high white walls.

String shelves are my favourite as they’re just so simple – no intrusive brackets or thick shelves taking up space. I like that they’re not too deep either, so they fit nicely on any wall. We have a small set in our bathroom already and I’ve always loved how minimal they look.

They’re also a very well thought out system; they can connect together to build the system up or down the wall, or you can use two Pocket Shelves sets and connect the middle section with a couple of shelves to make it in to a set of three. Awesome huh?

With my husbands coffee obsession taking hold (as if I can talk… *looks at entire makeup room*) we’ve basically dedicated every one of the six shelves to beans and cups and other interesting coffee paraphernalia. Most of which remains a complete mystery to me. Is it a bong? Is it a vase? Oh right, it’s a coffee… thing.

What I did bring to the party, however, was an assortment of hanging plants. I don’t hide my leafy addiction (still talking plants, promise) so the amount of greenery taking up valuable space on these shelves will be a shock to no one.

The contrast of the white and green, along with the occasional brass accent, just has me all heart-eyed! It’s so relaxing sitting just to the right of this area and soaking up the morning with a fresh cup of coffee. Probably wondering if it’s worth an Instagram or nah.

What do you think of our new shelves?

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  • I love how this looks! Btw, your home is just so cute and stylish. X

  • Chloe

    Oh I love these shelves, you’ve styled them so nicely! I completely agree with you, it’s so lovely to have open shelves so you can see all of your favourite things πŸ™‚ x


  • It looks so good Kate! love your decoration skills! kisses:D


  • Your kitchen looks so beautiful! Love the decoration x


  • Jude Rivers

    Your kitchen looks amazing!!! ❀️❀️❀️


  • What a beautiful kitchen! I love open shelves in kitchens and bathrooms

  • Maja Harder Thygesen

    I adore all of the hanging green plants! They give so much life to the kitchen!

  • I love the idea of open shelves in the kitchen! Such a great setup x


  • Definitely getting some for when I move in my house this month. Thanks Kate!


  • I love the look of these and the plants you’ve used to decorate them look great x


  • I feel like open shelves force you to be tidy, which in my case I need… That’s a really interesting plant in the last picture on the left, is it a type of ivy? Looks like a crossbreed of ivy and eucalyptus.

    Nicolette | http://www.nicolette.co

    • I’m actually not sure, so sorry! It’s lovely though isn’t it! x

  • Love the simple beautiful kitchen space … so bright and delightful! πŸ™‚

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  • Hahahahaha is it a bong? I love your kitchen space! I’m a major fan of organised clutter too.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

  • I love open shelves to much! <3 πŸ™‚ It really opens up the space and makes for a clean and fresh space! I do have a question though – how often do you have to clean the shelves? O_O One of my main concerns about displaying things out in the open is the need to constantly dust/clean, since dust seems to find its way inside homes even without open windows…

    XO, Elizabeth

  • your kitchen is just a dream. i love the open shelving but it would look messy after seconds if i had it.


  • Oh this is just kitchen perfection, I love the mix of green and brass against white, it’s so fresh and light. Love the elephant tea pot too!

    Lauren x
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  • The mint accents are to die for!

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  • Hannah-Jane Taylor

    Absolutely gorgeous as per usual Kate! Your style is just stunning! Love love love x

  • I love open shelving! Gives you the opportunity to display things that you might use often or have a special meaning to you. Looks good!
    -Kathryn xx

  • I love open shelves! Your display looks fantastic!

    Roksana | http://www.beatsofbeauty.com

  • I love the look of open shelves, the green accent from the plants really brings the whole thing to life!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • this look incredible, really eye pleasing. I really love how you manage to make stuff looks so instagrammable πŸ™‚ I need some of your artistic ideas to make my house feel homey πŸ™‚


  • Yasmine Melbye Gonzalez

    Kate your home is so instagrammable its insane! Love what you have done with kitchen πŸ™‚

    • Haha thank you! It has it’s bits where I’m like “don’t even know where to start with that!” though too! x

  • Summer Hanif

    This looks amazing and I love the pips of blue throughout x


  • Everything about this kitchen is amazing! I love that you have decorated it to your taste!

  • It looks so amazing Kate!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • I never really thought much about how shelves affect the look of a room but the open shelves makes it look so much more brighter and open. I actually really, really like it.

    Emily | http://www.emilytrinhcreative.com/7-blogging-mistakes/

  • Fay Faragher

    I’ve trawled your blog but can’t seem to find details on your work surfaces anywhere so forgive me for asking if you’ve already said! I’m doing my kitchen at the moment and want this style surface. is it marble?! xx

    • Jessica

      would love to know this too!

  • Ruth Johnston

    Your home is beautiful. But what about the dusting? ?

  • Alissa Ho

    I love the open shelving system for just about anywhere in the house. My favourite system is from a German company called Vitsoe!


  • This kitchen is just perfection! You home is just interior goals!


  • I love your decor! This kitchen is soooo dreamy! x


  • I’ve just showed my boyfriend this! When we buy our own home this is 100% going to be a feature – it looks so much nicer than cupboards! πŸ™‚

  • Chloe

    I absolutely love these tiles, I think we will recreate this look in our new kitchen. Did you do them yourself or have a professional in to do them? Xxx