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- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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When it comes to decorating, larger scale pieces seem to be the favorite. They add drama, fill up spaces and give the feeling that you get what you paid for. But, I think it’s the little things that really make the space.
The little things are the very details that make a house a home. They are the pieces that hold our memories and add a finishing touch. And although these accessory pieces may be small in size or stature, they are often the very things that tell a big story. After all, isn’t it the accessories that make an outfit? The same concept goes for decorating a space. A crystal candelabra on a mantle works the same as sparkly chandelier earrings do to an outfit.
Small Glacier Glass White Vase, Fuller Clear Glass Document Box, Clear Crystal Taper Candle Holder, Nambe Movie Vertical Glass Photo Frame, Dark Smoke Hand-Blown Glass Bottle Vase
The great thing about accessories is that they can be added as a finishing touch or they can be the very thing to build an entire room around. Little things are often picked up on a whim while shopping, but they can also be items that are well thought out and planned for. I like to use accessories that not only look pretty also have meaning or serve a purpose.
A few ideas for accessories are:
• A frame that holds a photo of a loved one or one of your most cherished days
• A bowl that holds seashells from a favorite vacation
• A candle holder which lights up the room
• A box or tray that gathers and collects favorite or special objects
• A vase filled with flowers (either received or bought by yourself to brighten your day and your space)
After all, it’s the little things that hold our memories and make our homes a place in which to create new ones.
Image: Le Journal Sézane
By far my favorite room of the house to add a little gold to is the living room. It’s the space where we entertain and spend a lot of time as a family so it has to look spectacular. This modern living room above has the perfect balance of gold accents throughout. I am in love with the little side tables and how about that beautiful bright couch? It goes so well with the gold accents. I know they say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and while I do love diamonds, I have to say that gold is a girl’s true best friend.
Gold can add so much with so little! You can add a few accents throughout the room to give it a more polished and sophisticated look, or you can go a little overboard and make the room look like something Donald Trump would feel comfortable in. Either way, gold is lovely.
1. Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Robert Abbey Chandelier 2. Glitz Filbert Arm Chair 3. Robert Abbey Sputnik Ceiling Light 4. Theissen Stripe Black Pillow
These gold items are just downright gorgeous, don’t you think? The chandelier and the ceiling fixture are both beautiful pieces that make a statement. I think they would look fantastic hovering above a brightly colored couch with some striped pillows. So chic!
The armchair has a fantastic modern mid century look to it, and when you add the gold on top of that, well you have a winner of an armchair. The throw pillow is kind of perfect because it has two of my favorite things in one. Gold and stripes! This pillow would be a great and subtle way to tie in some other gold accents throughout the room.
Hope you have as much fun with gold as I do!
Image: Design Love Fest
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No matter where you live, it's never a bad idea to put a little thought into the entryway or foyer of your home. After all, it's the first thing you see when you walk in the door everyday, and it's the easiest way to make visitors to your home immediately feel like your space is welcoming, polished, and put together.
Madero Espresso Console Table, Amber Swirl Ruffle Glass Bowl, Golden Voyage Gray Glaze Uttermost Wall Mirror, Modern Brushed Steel Mini Droplet Table Lamp, Chrome Finish Ceramic Cone Ottoman
Today, we're imagining a masculine, stately foyer, put together on a budget.
By combining this structural console along with a gold, geometric mirror, you already have a great base for a strong, statement making entry. Adding accessories like this simple chrome lamp, a garden stool, and a glass bowl finishes things off with a flourish!
Image: The Everygirl
There are so many fantastic colors out there and I love most of them. Lately I have been crushing pretty hard on a long time favorite, aqua! In all of its various shades, whether it be of the bluer, the greener, the darker or the lighter varieties. I love them all! I think aqua makes for a fantastic accent color for a room. On a lamp, a tray or even on a wall, it’s all good in my book.
This image inspires me and makes me want to paint an entire room aqua. That deep aqua that makes you want to curl up with book or a record and bask in the color.
And this couch is just perfection isn’t it? I also love the slightly lighter aqua statues on the table behind the couch. A fun pop of color on another great pop of color. Does it get any better? The whole room is awesome. All of the colors play well off of the couch which is of course the focus of the room. How could it not be?
1. Estelle Teal Large Round Wood Tray 2. Isla Aqua Satin Nickel Pendant Light 3. Aqua Stripe Swing Arm Desk Lamp 4. Zuo Repulse Outdoor Aqua Blue Bay Chair
I would love any of these aqua items for my home. The color is funky and bright which is something my place needs! I especially love the glass light fixture. It would look fantastic above a dining table. And the tray would be perfect for so many things. To serve drinks to your guests, to display some keepsake items, or to even just hold your pocket kick-knacks like your keys. The chair looks like it would be an awesome patio chair for summer grilling and the striped lamp is just too fun for words. I would literally put it in any room of the house.
Images: Kendal Wilkinson, HGTV
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