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Both The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post U.K. recently ran stories on the rise of the 'shelfie' – a buzzy word for the trend on social media of sharing photographs of artfully arranged items.

 

The habit is hardly news to design fans: we've been posting pics like these since the dawn of Instagram, when such shots were quaintly known as 'vignettes' or 'tableaux vivants'.

These photos help us define our style, get inspiration and see the beauty in the everyday – that is, until they become cliché. I couldn't help but laugh – and wince a little – at the five repetitive shelfie motifs identified by WSJ. I'm guilty of at least two. Do you see yourself on the list?

1) The Stunning Espresso

2) The Haunting Glass Cloche

3) The Casual Magazine Tableau

4) The Evocative Pair of Spectacles

5) The Strangely Popular in Norway Wooden Hand

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Photo sources:
1. Photography by Ashley Capp

2. May 2009 House & Home, photo by Heather Ross
3. Latte via Pinterest
4. Cloche via Pinterest, photography by Renee Arns
5. Magazine via Live The Fancy Life Blog 
6. Eye glasses via Real Simple
7. Wooden hand via Pinterest

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