Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MY FIVE FAVORITES: DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES




My blog friends Pam of Simple DetailsLisa of Shine Your LightKris of Driven by Decor and I are back today (and the first Tuesday of every month) for this month's feature of My Favorite Five.  Today we're sharing our favorite home decor accessories.



We are beyond thrilled to have Emily A. Clark joining us as our guest host this month.  Emily has quite the gift for creating a cozy, approachable, and livable yet stylish and beautiful home.  She has been one of my favorite bloggers to follow since before I started blogging, and I am so happy to have finally been able to meet her (and her sweet friend Katie!) when we went on the Property Brothers Design Cruise a few months ago.  She is every bit as smart, witty, sweet, and real in person as she comes across on her blog. And, she loves blue and white just as much as I do so that seals the deal... friends for life.  ;)   I can't wait to hop over and check out her favorites today, too!






TRAYS

It's not unusual to find a tray on almost any flat surface in my home.  They help corral smaller objects, ground a grouping of accessories on a larger surface, can help protect the finish on a surface, and make it easy to move accessories when the space might be needed for another use.  




Sometimes, I even like trays on my trays!








FRESH FRUIT

This could have just as easily been fresh flowers or live plants, but I'm finding myself using fruit more and more to decorate with, and not just on the kitchen counter.  For around $5 I can buy a mass of fruit that will last at least a month, sometimes two.  Although I LOVE having fresh flowers around, you can't beat that bang for your buck!










PLASTER BUSTS

As I was talking with my family about this post and what I was doing, they pointed out that I HAD to include the busts.  And they were right, there's always at least one around, and they show up in almost all of my photos.  I've come across them at Homegoods, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and Ross, and most of them have been several different colors at some point or another.












PILLOWS

This one is a no-brainer.  I love that with the switch of a pillow cover (see some of my pillow tricks here), I can have an entirely new look whenever I get the itch for change.  












BOOKS

Not only do I love to read books and pile them on shelves, but they make great accessories as well.  One of my top 5 styling tips is to use a stack of books to elevate and give more of a presence to accessories.  The spines can also add color and pattern to your color palette.




DIY Pom Pom Coasters  ||  DIY Gold Scalloped Vase


What are your favorite decorating accessories?  I'd love to know in the comments!  Be sure to head over to Simple DetailsShine Your LightDriven by Decor, and Emily A. Clark to check out their 5 favorite accessories too!



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12 comments:

  1. Your styling is soooooo good Jennifer. Every photo has so many take-aways. Every time I visit your blog I think about how I need to up my pillow game. I totally agree that they are an excellent way to completely change up a space!

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  2. I always enjoy seeing your colorful vignettes! Trays are always great pieces to work with - and of course those pretty pillows!
    Shelley

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  3. Dang, you just have the most beautiful accessories my friend! I'm jealous of your plaster busts - why can't I find any of those to save my life? I love how you use yours in your gorgeous home!!

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  4. What an awesome post! Isn't it fun to have go-to accessories that can work anywhere in your house? I think my top 5 are: brass animals, vintage books, pretty candles, something green (for me, most likely faux, since I have a black thumb), and definitely vintage art!

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  5. YES to all of your beautiful favorites and knack for styling them! I've said it before, I don't think I could style a vignette if someone took away my books and trays! And, I love my busts, too. It's always fun to see what color yours will be! :)

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  6. You are literally the best at rocking the vignettes! Your home is gorgeous!!

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  7. All of your favorite decor pieces are at the top of my list too in addition to decorative boxes which I love for the function they provide (hiding stuff) as well as their beauty.

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  8. I think my list would be books, books, books, books, and brass animals ;). I might need to diversify a little.

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  9. Agree with all of it! Great round -up Jennifer!

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  10. Jennifer, I would love to know where you found the fabric for the black oriental pillows with purple trim on your sofa. My parents had draw drapes out of this fabric back in the 50's/60's. I always loved the fabric and saved the panels. I now have used the fabric for valances in our guest room. I never thought anyone would have it too! I read Emily's blog and decided to see what everyone else liked. So glad I discovered yours!

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    1. Hi Debbie, I LOVE knowing that those drapes were in your parents' home! My fabric was actually a drapery panel that I came across at a thrift store (there was only 1?!?) and I made it into pillows. I didn't know anything about it, but a few readers have since informed me that it is indeed vintage and was made by Markwood Fabrics. I'm so glad you saved them! By the comments I get on the pillows that fabric would be a hot commodity right now. I think they definitely need to re-make it! So glad that you stopped by!

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    2. I am so pleased to find out a little bit more about this fabric. When my Mother replaced her draperies, she used part of a panel to make pillows to use with her outdoor furniture, when she entertained. This was long before outdoor fabrics. I can not imagine what a yard of this fabric would sell for today! I signed up for your blog, so I will be stopping by often.

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