This home is a treasure trove of art and accessories, especially these statues. This trio of sentinels stands close to the entry adding a vintage, rustic and global feel to the space all at once. The African wood carvings were discovered during a visit to the African market in Harlem.
When you’re trying to create a restful bedroom space, go with a neutral base. Atlanta designer Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs suggests using accessories to add color. The blues and greens in this room’s bedding, lamps and houseplants give the Dwell with Dignity makeover a zen vibe. The bedside tables were originally in the room, but DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them and replaced the hardware to create an all-new look.
Small nooks in this foyer were transformed from dead space into a home office and reading corner. A small writing desk is sized appropriately for the corner tucked by the stairwell. Neutral colors were selected for the furnishings to work better with the walls painted in Sherwin-Williams Country Squire and the dark wood beadboard trim. The space is made more lively with colorful accessories, which are easy to swap as color and pattern styles change.
An unexpected and quirky owl — in the form of a pillow — adds cheer and whimsy to this living space. The unique color combination of yellow and turquoise creates a space that feels bright and retro, while nearby blue-and-white accessories that feel more traditional create a room that's perfectly eclectic.
If you have a lidded ceramic jar, fill it for free with natural reeds or branches from nearby pond or lake. Then use the lid as part of your decor, by simply leaning it against a small stack of books. You won't have to buy another accessory to fill that space. This rustic mantle is in a home on north Georgia's Lake Burton, in the Waterfall Club community.
Light, light and more light! The designer's talent shows through here in ability to make a space that's both formal and relaxed — with aid from those amazing floor-to-ceiling windows. Soothing tones of blue and cream and a flowering branch placed just so echo the great outdoors. A flokati pillow and a zebra print pillow add some modern funk, and simple accessories bring personality without clutter.
This renovated ranch home by Atlanta-based Renewal Design Build sports a modern take on the conventional fireplace mantel. The mantel, custom built by Timberland Cabinets, is a splurge, but the white accessories stand out and can be copied for any budget. A single sprig in a pretty vase saves money over a full bouquet of fresh flowers.
Buy a backpack from Sydney Paige, and they’ll donate a backpack stuffed with school supplies to a child in need. The company also sells lunch bags, pencil cases, books and other accessories and donates a matching item for each one sold. Their stylish, high-quality products are made from 100% cotton canvas, recycled 600D polyester and/or natural leather.
The overall relaxing feel of this home comes from its straightforward use of color. Neutral tones dominate in the space but there are plenty of small pops of color that come through in the accessories. These festive beads, colorful African dolls and small fern balls are grouped together to create an interesting and bright mix.
This eclectic living room features a variety of rich fabrics paired with traditional furniture and antique accessories, like the multicolored table lamps. Three coats of arms specifically created for the owners and the owners' cats hang above the chenille sofa, adding a personal touch.
The vision for this home office was a contemporary, functional space with room for the children to sit and read. The walnut cabinets and shelves provide a richness to the space and is the prominent architectural feature. The light counters add a crisp, airiness to accentuate the built-in wood storage and not deter from the color and patterns on the floor and accessories.
Because it’s often an entertaining focal point, the style of the wet bar is particularly important. Says designer Robin Baron of this glamorous example: "Even a wet bar needs accessorizing. Textured walls along a sculptural and lit art installation create a great backdrop. Throw in a few key accessories that feel like they organically belong there, like decorative glasses and decanters, and you set the stage for fabulous entertaining."
Woven wall hangings are totally on-trend right now, but they can be difficult to place. Sometimes, they’re simply too small on their own, or they need an odd-sized wall. Solve this problem by hanging them on and around an accordion rack, which will help visually fill wall space. Incorporate other bohemian accessories to tie the look together.
Instead of a fancy piece of art, enlarge a photo you've taken outside or in a favorite spot and frame it, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. You can add color to the mantle, like in this Dallas home, without using accessories. Also, arrange shells or other natural elements that you saved because of their beauty (and free price tag) in a frame or shadowbox, as another layer of art for your mantel.
Relaxed, comfortable upholstery gives this waterside living room a homey, beachy vibe. Throughout the house, white paneling and neutral walls provide a restful backdrop for the pale, beach-hued furnishings and accessories. Soft blue chairs create a cozy conversation nook in the bay window and connect to the similarly hued upholstered chairs in the adjoining breakfast nook. Matchstick shades filter the light and offer privacy without blocking the stunning views.
A gold-rimmed tray can transition black and gold decor from holiday to holiday. Use trays with a mirror as the base, as in this display, or DIY trays made out of items such as old picture frames. Then you can add in metallic accessories, like napkins, gold-dot LED votives and succulents in gold pots, to complete the look.
Across from her bicycle, sits another vignette featuring one of Nana Yaa’s favorite decorating accessories: books. While the vase of flowers do a lovely job of echoing the color of the bike, the real star of this area is clearly the walls themselves. The architectural details stretch from floor to ceiling, bringing a sense of character to the entire home.
Venetian plastered walls, cypress beams and custom-made wrought iron lighting set an elegant tone upon entering this traditional living room. Designer Troy Beasley mixes contemporary chairs, tables and accessories with charming Moorish art and rich, Tuscan hues. Tuscan style is known for its natural, earth-toned colors, like golden yellow, terra cotta and green for an airy effect in warm-weather places, and this ivory and gold color scheme provides just that.