Featured: Cabinet Styling for SMP Living


It’s been a busy few weeks over here at Avenue Lifestyle, and nothing makes me happier than seeing the gorgeous end results of a project I worked hard on gracing the pages of one of the most inspiring lifestyle blogs around, Style Me Pretty Living. After a recent collaboration with photographer Anouschka Rokebrand and several suppliers of gorgeous homewares {Femkeido, Edwin Pelser, Nu interieur|ontwerp and Lee Wolfe}, I am giddy with excitement to see my latest styled shoot featured! I thought I’d share the love here today, with some of my favourite snaps from the shoot.

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The project was centered around the idea of using one versatile piece of furniture a couple of different ways to look great no matter which room in the home it gets shuffled to over the years. Using a cabinet from Ikea’s latest Stockholm collection, I wanted to draw on versatility and practicality meets pretty. The budget friendly piece is a great option for those looking to add style to their home without the buyer’s remorse, and looks great in both the kitchen and living room. I customized it using cognac leather handles by Nu interieur | ontwerp, and then got started on two pretty looks! Below you will find some simple tips on how to create the look yourself. Who says practical can’t be pretty?

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Five Steps for Styling a Kitchen Cabinet:

1. Start with the basics. The kitchen is the busiest part of most homes so practicality ranks high in the priority stakes for this look. Items that you will always be reaching for should be first to hit the shelves, so begin by placing your favorite dinnerware, plates, bowls, mugs and glasses on the shelves that seem most logical to you. I personally like simple white dinnerware because it enables you to add other pieces without looking untidy. Find an open area and stack a couple of chopping boards against the back wall of the cabinet. Be sure not to place too many obstacles in front of them or it’ll be a struggle to get them out again!

2. Add the essentials. Some of the essentials that most of us will be reaching for on a daily basis might include cereals, rice, pasta, nuts, tea and coffee. These happen to look great when stored in glass jars, so get a collection together and add those to your shelves. Oils and vinegars in attractive glass decanters also look great displayed so be sure to add them in too. Don’t forget the real estate on top of the cabinet. You can easily group larger items up there too!

3. Add personality. Pops of color and texture are a great next step, so add your favorite crockery, salad bowls and espresso mugs to the mix. Be careful not to overcrowd the shelves. As the items you choose will be on display, pick the very best and store any left-overs in a cupboard. This will keep the look clean, as well as prevent it from becoming cluttered.

4. Finish the look with greenery. Add a potted herb or two to finish off a practical but pretty kitchen storage unit.

5. Take a step back, and if you’re satisfied that the cabinet has been styled in a practical way that also happens to be pretty, it’s a success!

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Five Steps for Styling Your Living Room Cabinet:

1. Start with the basics. The most obvious starting point would be the books. Place various piles of books and magazines in various ways {some lined up, some stacked} interspersed throughout the shelves. Use stacked books against a row of standing books as a bookend.

2. Add personality. Add a couple of items to the back wall of the cabinet such as art to give the piece depth and draw the eye to the back of the cabinet. Layer in items that you love that will look great together, such as pretty ceramics, candle holders and trinkets from travels. It helps to think about a unifying color scheme here. Place the objects on top of books or in empty spaces, keeping scale in mind.

3. Add texture. I personally love the look of blankets neatly folded on shelves or even small pillows displayed. This adds both warmth and texture.

4. Finish the look with greenery. A little bit of green goes a long way. Add small potted plants to your ensemble, or place a few single stems of your favorite blooms into vases displayed on the shelves.

5. Step back and admire your handiwork! Does everything look visually in balance? Then I’d say you’ve got yourself a pretty neat looking, styled display cabinet!

Hope you had as much fun reading this feature as I did putting it together! If you are curious about any of the lovely products used, take a peek below at the full credits list. A big thank you to the team behind Style Me Pretty Living for featuring this story, and for Anouschka Rokebrand for capturing all the details so beautifully. I am in awe of your gorgeous photography and loved working with you!

Have a great Wednesday! I am now off to make preparations for a family adventure to the south of France this Friday. So much to do, so little time! A sunny break in breathtaking Provence is just what we all need!

Holly x

Credits: Design & Styling: Holly of Avenue Lifestyle | Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand

Kitchen Products: Wine glasses and tumblers:Ikea | Bread boards: Femkeido | Blue mugs and white dishes: Edwin Pelser | Leather handles: Nu Interieur|Ontwerp | Tea-towel: Mae Engelgeer via Femkeido

Living Room Products: Pillows: Hellopillow & Tas-ka | Dala horse: Serholt | Colourful blanket: Mae Engelgeer via Femkeido | Glass vases / cardboard letters: Femkeido | Leaf platter: Lee Wolfe Pottery | White bowl / candle holder: Edwin Pelser | Grey blanket: By Mölle via Edwin Pelser | Chair:Maisons du Monde | Stool / leather handles: Nu Interieur|Ontwerp | Rug: The go ‘round | Blue tray: HAY via Femkeido | Wooden bookend: Pilat & Pilat |

11 Responses to “Featured: Cabinet Styling for SMP Living”

  1. Great post! Love the way you styled the cabinet, I’m going to try and copy this with a vintage cabinet I have.

  2. Talitha says:

    Too bad the cabinet is too expensive for me, else I would have found another perfect place for my Hellopillow 😉 Really love your styling (tips)!! And the cabinet also very much.

  3. yes a sunny break would be nice! have a great great time!

  4. Rachel says:

    I’ve been searching for the perfect cabinet/bookcase for months and this hit the nail on the head. I looked for this piece on the US Ikea site and it wasn’t there. Do you know if it is only available for th UK Ikea?

    • Holly {Avenue} says:

      Hi Rachel, I did a quick search for you and it looks as though this piece is only available in Europe at the moment. This seems to be their entire Stockholm collection:


      I hope for your sake it comes to the US soon, because it’s a great piece!


    • Holly {Avenue} says:

      HI Rachel, a reader over at Style Me Pretty was curious to find out whether the cabinet will become available in the US so she called customer service, and they said it will be available in the US in August! 🙂 Apparently, the only time an item will be on the UK site and not the US one is when the item is either new (and will be making its way to the US) or discontinued. So you’ll be able to grab one for yourself in just one month! All the best, Holly

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