Help Your Shelves
When Saco antiques dealer Erin Donovan posts her weekly “shelfie kits” on Instagram, customers hustle to stake their claims. Here, she tells how to style one shelf, four ways.
TEXT BY SARAH STEBBINS
PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE SYKES
Donovan typically starts with an antique seascape, which she often reframes. A jar of crafts store feathers elongates the tableau, while a scrimshaw replica and letter in an antique flower frog create balance.
Antique rope knots and part of an old ring-toss game give weight to ethereal glass bottles; dried Queen Anne’s lace and a knot-tying guide, held with a vintage curtain push pin, add height.
Reimagine a damaged flea market painting by displaying a snippet in an oval frame. An old hand-line fishing reel, a bottle on a vintage-book perch, and an eBay sea fan follow the frame’s curves.
Donovan was thrilled to find this unusual ship-and-dories scene, shown with a wooden buoy, Japanese fishing float, and silver dish. “Put the right knickknacks in a group setting and it works,” she says.