Behold, my top five types of accessories that I use over and over again, in every room of my house.
They’re cheap and plentiful at libraries and thrift stores. I look for hardbacks with colorful covers hiding under the dust jackets, then stack them up wherever my heart desires.
I look for them at Goodwill, discount/dollar stores, and on sale at Hobby Lobby, then use them to corral random crap and add some natural texture to the room.
I get a lot of my random little whatnots from thrift stores. You’d be surprised at some of the awesome little knicknacks hiding amongst those shelves. And a lot of things that aren’t obviously awesome can be made so by a coat of paint. I had to talk myself out of buying a solid wood 12-inch tall pineapple finial for $8 today. I was envisioning it painted glossy white, and I’m still thinking about going back for it tomorrow…”Found objects” from places like Pottery Barn are such a rip off. Go out and find stuff yourself and save a lot of moolah. When it comes to which whatnots catch my fancy, I’m particularly into anything anything silver, white, or glass. Extra points if it reminds me of something meaningful.
Framed photos just add so much personality and a sense of home. I get my frames from Ikea, thrift stores, and dollar/discount stores, and my photos from either Snapfish (for pics I’ve taken myself or snagged from friends) or through the professional photographers at friends’ weddings. I was in four weddings in one year, including my own, so Nick and I are lucky enough to have kind of a lot of professionally taken photos of us together. Tip: if you’re going to be standing in a wedding, go out of your way to be helpful and friendly to the (probably stressed) photographer. I bet you ten dollars you’ll be rewarded with a few really nice pics of yourself (and your date).
I usually make them myself, but I do buy them occasionally if they’re under twenty bucks or so. I love throw pillows for the pop of color and pattern they add to space with minimal commitment, plus they’re so comfy!
Six months ago, I would have put plants on this list, but I’ve given up on keeping them alive. There are only two plants left inside of the probably dozen that I’ve had in the last year: rosemary and aloe. I rarely water either and they seem to like it that way.
What are your accessorizing standbys? Large statement pieces? Candles? Mirrors? Plants?