When I saw the latest competition from Tots 100 in connection with Victoria Plumb, to show our ‘shelfies’ I knew I wanted to get involved. I absolutely love nosing around other people’s homes. Once or twice I have even been known to try and persuade my Other Half to book a viewing round a house, just so I can go and have a gander!
Of course, my own shelfie could only feature one main element…books. Lots of lovely lovely books. It forms part of my favourite space in the whole house, not only because it is home to some of the best books I’ve ever escaped into but also because it contains small things which lift my heart whenever I catch sight of them.
As you can probably tell, I have a need for everything to be in it’s place!
Let me walk you through my shelves in a bit more detail:-
1. The recent addition: It would probably look better in the kitchen but I love that it brings a little bit of rustic charm to the shelf. Who doesn’t need a bit of pretty in their lives?
2. The ornament: I am a H-UGE fan of Willow Tree figurines. This was the first one we were ever given, on our wedding day. Fittingly it is known as the ‘together’ figure. Casually leaning against it is a badge kindly gifted to me by my Other Half, which reads ‘Reading in Sexy’…is he wrong?
3. The quirky thing: This is the most interesting thing on the shelves in my opinion. We used them as favours and name card holders for our wedding and they have travelled all the way from Zambia. They are affectionately known as ‘poo seeds’ because they are seeds which pass through the gut of an elephant, before being extricated from the droppings by villagers who then carve them. I had thought it was a clever spin on the idea of a favour…until people started trying to eat them! Still, it’s a nice thought to know that we may have helped with the sustainability of a small village by purchasing 200 of these little seeds.
4. The random pile: Everyone has piles of books lying around their houses, don’t they? This is just one of several ‘to be read’ collections I have created. One day I will get to them all.
5. The nostalgic piece: This is the box our wedding rings were stored in. It is inscribed with ‘Team Rocket’ and then the date of our wedding.
6. The Album: A sweet little photo album I was gifted a few years ago. I love it because it contains some of my favourite photos of the people I love the most.
In connection with this challenge, there is a fantastic quiz being hosted by Victoria Plumb called the ‘Great British Home Quiz‘ which will determine who your celebrity style inspiration is.
Now, I don’t know what the results say about me but I got: Mrs Elegant, Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. I just knew there was a Georgian manor on my horizons!!
Why don’t you take the quiz and see what results you get? Once you’ve done the quiz there is also the chance to win £250. Make sure you come back and share your answers with me!