It's week four of a fun series on decorating, layer by layer, towards your personal "global style.". Our final week is all about accessorizing. I might have been excited about art last week, but this week might be more exciting yet... I LOVE to accessorize.
Be sure to visit Corinna and Stephanie to see what accessorizing goodies they've cooked up. I've had a great time joining these lovely ladies as we each explored various paths and approaches to global style.
As you've likely picked up on by now, I really enjoy the flexibility of a classic foundation in a room, which allows me lots of room to play with the top layers. Our home is small, but I incorporate as many surfaces as I can. Any opportunity to style it up! My process is all about: layer / edit / layer / edit / repeat. I love layers. But I've also learned that the eye needs a little room to breath, to allow interesting objects to shine in all their glory. For example, the bottom shelf of the above table might look a little sparse on its own, but in the context of the room (below), any busier would just look cluttered. (also, more necklaces...)
Same goes for this slim end table (below). On my first round of styling, I started out with more objects on both of the bottom shelves, but once it was tucked away everything got lost and just looked messy. Edit, edit, and edit again. One tip is to take a photo of tricky spots in your home - this perspective sometimes makes the solution clearer.
Sometimes all the pillows get put away (or just moved to a different spot in the house)....
... and sometimes we pile them on. I go back and forth here all the time. I love the cozy factor of lots of pillows, but then my eye needs relief and wants a calmer view.
More necklaces as decor, on our bedpost.
In general, I like to keep things more pared down and calm in a bedroom, with plenty of spots for the eye to take a break. Our dresser surface (below) is kind of a party, which is just enough punch for me in here.
This Moroccan end table in our living room might be the most switched-up surface in the house. I wanted to share a few different looks on this one surface to illustrate how super-simple changes can provide quite a different look to suit your mood or any occasion...
Also, lighting! Definitely an accessory. I love lamps (as you may have picked up on!) and the drama they add to a room -- both as beautiful objects on their own, and then the ambient lighting they provide when the sun sets (don't underestimate this!). In my office, I wanted to try something bold and unique, so I took this Ikea basket pendant (a Craigslist find) and got out the craft paint. Statement pieces don't need to be an investment!
Everyday objects can absolutely become intentional accessories in your room, especially if you have a collection of any kind. I love the personal touch of collections and how they speak to the people who live in a space. Magazines might not be quite this personal, but my piles of shelter magazines absolutely played a key role in my self-taught journey towards design as I soaked up the images and articles over the years. Those pages represent hours of inspiration, dreaming, hoping and scheming. That said, I wouldn't give them such a prominent spot in the room if I didn't like how they looked...I love the casual vibe they bring to a space!
Accessories can also be strategic and practical players ... distracting, camouflaging, highlighting as needed. This painted basket holds our (seldom-used) DVD player. It makes sense to leave it out here, but that doesn't mean allowing it be an eyesore. And the other objects in front of the TV do live there, and are so simple to move off to the side when it's Netflix time!