The Little Mermaid's Halle Bailey's open shelving shows off her most treasured finds – here's where to buy them

The actress teaches us that open shelving is much more than a storage solution – see how she's styled the one in her LA home

Halle Bailey
(Image credit: Halle Bailey)

Halle Bailey, we want to be Part of Your World – but though we can't all have an LA condo – we can at least replicate your storage system. 

Above all, storage is practical – but Halle's open-plan living room storage teaches us that functionality can still be personal, especially when it's in the most social room of the home. 

In the posts (below), actress Halle (famed for her upcoming role in The Little Mermaid live-action remake) is pictured in her open-plan living room which overlooks Los Angeles. And, while it is not hard to steal many of her decorating ideas (apart from the windowscape), we can't help but note Halle's steel and glass open shelving that is dressed with her favorite artefacts. 

Most notably, Halle has dressed the shelving unit with a large rose-quartz crystal, a photo frame and (what appears to be) a collection of records, and a single rose in a tall glass vase (it's certainly reminiscent of the flower in Beauty and the Beast – she is a Disney princess, after all). 

The pared-back nature of the shelf allows these objects to stand in full view in Halle's living room – something that is not always expected when it comes to traditional storage ideas. This style is daring, but it is approved by those in the know – including Peter Erlandsson, the co-owner, and director of String Furniture, who praises this aesthetic. 

'We celebrate individual journeys and believe we should all take pride in the objects we have collected throughout our lives,' he says. 

Peter Erlandsson
Peter Erlandsson

Peter Erlandsson is the co-owner and director of String Furniture – the Scandi-cool storage company hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. In 2020, String Furniture was awarded Furniture Supplier of the Year, but the basis of String's designs has shaped storage habits since 1949. In 1952, String shelves (now String Furniture) were ordered to decorate the newly built UN headquarters in New York City. 

'Whether it's a collection of specific objects like crockery or crystalware or just sentimental bits and pieces, give your clutter a new lease of life,' Peter says. 'Every ornament, shell, fridge magnet, and dog-eared book can make up a mosaic of colorful references to your life.'

Styling these objects on a simple shelf can be both beautiful and decorative – and it's a refreshingly easy way to showcase individuality while keeping things in order. With this in mind, Peter recommends treating your shelf 'like a canvas' and designing a 'work of art' with 'artfully styled clutter.' 

'Not only is it fun to create your own organic and changing artwork from your own knick-knacks, but it is a great way to save space,' he adds. 'When you lift things off the floor and use shelving as a storage solution, you create the illusion of a larger space.'

Convinced? You can shop the look below. 

Is it time all our storage gets personal? It's hard not to follow Halle Bailey's lead, especially when the experts approve... 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.