pleasantly surprised {a new dining room display shelf}

Sometimes you buy furniture from inexpensive sources and you end up with a flimsy particle board table that never quite stands level.

Other times, you order a bookshelf and hope that it will turn out to be more like the online photos than what past experience tells you it will be.

Hip Hip Hooray … this one is just like the photos online, or maybe even better.

Our new Emerson Shelf {purchased from World Market} is real wood and real metal. Surprise! It’s substantial and industrial and was such a great price for what it offers in style and utility.

It now lives in this awkward little cutout in our dining room.  Changing displays is one of my favorites so I look forward to switching things up ever so often.

Glittery pumpkins {from Target}, white serving platters, a little bit of faux greener and my favorite bookpage decoupaged pumpkin take center stage.

Linens are stored in the vintage locker baskets.

If you are looking for a large shelf for a fairly inexpensive price, this handsome shelf may be the one.

{don’t forget to sign up for World Market’s mailing list to get a 10% off coupon!}

44 Responses to pleasantly surprised {a new dining room display shelf}

  1. Lorie March 10, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    I pinned your picture, pondered…then bought two! They look fantastic. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Lisa June 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Ok I adore your home!!! My favorite room is your dining room. I am thinking of purchasing the shelf from World Market but I think it may be to small for the wall I have in mind. Would you be so kind as to let me know the length of the wall you have the shelf on so I can get an idea of how it will look on my wall?
    Thanks so much!!!

    • emily June 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      The wall is approximately 67″ wide.

  3. Lisa May 15, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    love the shelf!!! It’s a perfect fit!! Love the Chadi, where’s it from?

  4. amy May 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I am putting the same shelf together tonight. It is quite easy to do yourself and I am happy with the quality…plus the 25% off for friends and family never hurts!

  5. Natalie March 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi Emily! I love this shelf. We are in the process of buying a new home and we will be making the family room area into our formal dining room. I have been looking for something that would fit in the space that the entertainment center would normally go and thought that this would be perfect. Can you tell me if it was difficult to assemble? And now that you have had it for awhile are you still happy with your purchase? Thanks for you help! I absolutely adore your blog!

    • emily March 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      The shelf is still a favorite. The assembly was pretty easy {I did it myself} and we are happy with how it is holding up.

  6. Macie January 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm #


    Can you share where you got the curtains in your dining room? I’ve been looking for some like that.

  7. Erin October 17, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    When I saw this post I fell hard for that shelf, then very patiently waited for a sale to come along so I could claim it for myself. I’m happy to report that it now happily resides in our dining room and we could not be more pleased. It’s as sturdy as it is lovely, and when you add in the price it’s a trifecta of furniture perfection.
    Thank you for sharing such a great find!!

  8. Kate October 4, 2012 at 9:35 am #


    Love your blog and have been reading for a while- this is a very silly question, but i have been looking for a nice white paint color and love the paint color in your dining room as shown here. Any idea what color it is?? Thanks!


    • emily October 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      The color is Wind’s Breath by Behr at home depot. It is a great neutral white with gray undertones. We love how it lightened up this room!

  9. Erin September 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Love the shelf! Thought I saw something new in the video u posted last week!

  10. Caryn September 28, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Where did you get the locker bins? They would be perfect for my (expected) baby boy’s vintage airplane nursery :)

    • Andrea September 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      I would love to know where you got those locker bins as well. Someplace local? I live in Seattle;)

  11. Carey September 28, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    i LOVE the pumpkin you made, and am very excited to see that someone else already asked for a tutorial! can’t wait! your bog is one of my favorites!

  12. Josie September 28, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Love this! Can you share your source for your dining room chandelier? It is so sparkly and looks perfect! Not sure if you’ve ever posted about the chandy before.

    • emily September 28, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      It is an old one {maybe from the 60’s?} we took from our old house in Seattle. I love it and we’re thinking about moving it into my office and replacing the dining room one with something long and rectangular. I’ll post about that.

  13. Jordan G @ The Happy Homebodies September 28, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I have the coffee table from the same World Market line and I love it! It’s great quality and super handy to be able to move it around, since it’s on casters. Your shelf looks great!

  14. Kylie September 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Love it! It looks fabulous. But what happened to the circle painting and the dresser that used to be there?!?! :-)

    • emily September 28, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      We recently moved EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE around. Or at least it feels that way. The large piece that was in the dining room has now moved to our bedroom which is now downstairs in it’s original master bedroom location. We’re crazy.

  15. annapolis September 27, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Okay. I am in LOVE with this shelf purchase of yours, Emily. I’m an industrial/style girl all the way and this piece speaks to my heart. I feel a sale of our current china cabinet coming on, in exchange for this one. :) I’m pretty sure my husband is ok with that. :)

  16. Jessica Singletary September 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    This is gorgeous! I wish I had a space for one in our home! Your styling always amazes me, Emily. You should really write an eBook on how to style your home!

  17. May September 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Love it and love World Market, too! :)

  18. Chris McGetrick September 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I love World Market and most of there things are pretty well made.

  19. Dawn September 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I purchased that exact shelf a couple of weeks ago with the intentions of using it in my living room. Turned out to not be a good fit so I was dragging it all around the house trying to make it fit somewhere b/c I loved it so much. Sadly I had to return it, just no room. Oh well, something else just as fabulous is sure to come along, I hope. Yours looks great!

  20. Jeana September 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Love the industrial look with the pretty wood shelves! And where is that pretty silver cake stand from? :-)

  21. Vicki September 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Just purchased that shelf the other day for my small kitchen! Love how you merchandised it!! You have such a wonderful eye. All the best, Vicki

  22. Sarah Barksdale Design September 26, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    The shelf looks great! I love the way you mixed the industrial look of the shelf with the fancy, girly accessories.

  23. tina September 26, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    fun! tempting…

  24. {darlene} September 26, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    LOVE it!

  25. Whitney September 26, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Emily, I love that decoupaged pumpkin. Did you make or buy? If its homemade, do you offer a tutorial? I’d love to incorporate a few into my fall decor :) thank you!

    • emily September 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      I made it a few years ago. Just made a bunch more today with my best friend and our little ones. I’ll post photos/how-to next week.

  26. Erica September 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Hey Emily!
    I love the shelf and colors. I’ve seen that squarish wreath in a few pictures you’ve posted. Did you buy it or make it? I’d love to do something like that in our house too and was wondering if you made it, what greens you used? Thanks!


    • emily September 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

      The wreath is my favorite! It came from Target {I think} about 6 years ago. I’m sure you could recreate something similar using a square grapevine wreath form and faux greenery.

  27. lori September 26, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    we are in the process of building our new home and this is JUST what i need for my dining area… thank you SO much!! now i just have to talk the hubs into buying it!

    i LOVE reading your blog posts and tutorials. thank you so much for the inspiration!!

  28. Emily @pdr September 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I love it! Thank you for sharing the source…I need to write that down.

  29. Jill September 26, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    I just saw that in the store this week and loved it! Will definitely use it with clients as it is so awesome! Looks like the perfect piece for that spot in your dining room.

  30. Kimberly September 26, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Love how you used this shelf in a dining room. It looks fantastic with your display! And I just love everything from World Market! I’d recommend it to everyone!

  31. Jessica September 26, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Love it!! Your whole house looks like online photos silly!! ;) I just love the way you decorate, so creative!

  32. Kathryn September 26, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I was just pondering ordering this, thanks for the review.

  33. Laura September 26, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    this is gorgeous, and i love the vignettes you’ve created! your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites. you have such an eye for style and design – definitely a talented lady!

  34. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline September 26, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    I was admiring this in your last post (video)! Thanks for sharing where it’s from!! love it!

  35. Stacey September 26, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    That looks great! I love a little touch of industrial these days.

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