How to Arrange Accessories

Here is a little article I found on the Pottery Barn website that I thought I would share. A little helpful advice on how to display the little things, enjoy ūüôā


Accessories are expressions of your spirit and can make a room come alive. They can also be both decorative and practical, introducing accents of color into a room, enriching it with pattern and texture, or infusing a familiar setting with renewed energy and style.

Changing your accessories offers a simple and affordable way to evolve your style over time. Change can be simple: switch lamp shades to alter the atmosphere; try adding a slipcover, some vibrant pillows, and a colorful, unexpected throw to renew a sofa. Or, simply rotate accessories within the room, or from one room to another

Often it’s the arrangement of accessories, as much as the items themselves, that creates a strong impression.

Pair items of differing colors, textures, and provenances to draw attention to them. Creatively grouped accessories not only hold their place in a large room, they also arouse curiosity and make you want to draw near, whether to touch a translucent alabaster bowl or to sink into an inviting heap of pillows.

Accessories can change and evolve as you do, chronicling your interests like a three-dimensional scrapbook. Don’t be afraid them to change them up or add to them on a whim. Shelves offer opportunities to present interesting vignettes. Use them as you would a shadow box to combine the personal and the familiar with more exotic items: a postcard from a friend propped against a small painting, or leather-bound books comfortably arranged beside a modern vase.

One great tip I have learned is when you buy accessories, art, pillows or throws…and as a main rule of decorating allow each room to have similar colors and tones so that you are able to move everything around to any room in the house. Not only does this create a flow from room to room but its also easier on the pocket book ūüôā



Find of the day: DIY Entry Shelf

Something I found on over my lunch hour

DIY: Make your own Entry Shelf

Entryway Shelf

What You Need

  • Brackets
  • Board
  • Level (4-foot is best)
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wall anchors (if needed)
  • Pencil

How to Make It:

Begin by finding the location of the studs in your walls. Studs are generally placed 16 or 24¬†inches apart, measuring from center to center. With that in mind, once you’ve located one stud, finding the others is easy.

  1. Roll stud finder over the wall; when its light blinks green, it has located a stud. Mark that location for your first bracket. It’s important to drill directly into the center of a stud.
  2. Measure out 3/4 inch from your center mark and draw vertical lines to represent the edges of the stud. You can add an X to make the center mark more visible.
  3. Use the stud finder again to find the locations of the remaining studs and mark for your shelf brackets. Remember, their locations will be either 16 or 24 inches from the center mark of your first stud.
  4. To align the marks (and the brackets) so they are straight and level, use a 4-foot level or laser-line level. Mark a horizontal line directly through the second and third fastener locations.
  5. Drill brackets to wall studs using screws or wall anchors appropriate to the weight of your board, its contents, and the type of walls (plaster or drywall). Not sure which to use? Ask your hardware store for assistance. The brackets come with holes in their backs for you to drill the screw through.
  6. Place board atop brackets. To fasten the board to brackets, drill screws up into the board through holes in the shelf bracket’s top. If your wood is dense, first drill pilot holes to accept the screw more easily.

Kitchen | Sarah Richardson Design

Pretty! : Kitchen | Sarah Richardson Design.

Here is a great idea for a small space that doesn’t allow an island. Stll feels roomy and the open shelves and clear glass fronts allows you to show off display items.

The two tones adds to the look but doesn’t take over the overall effect.

If you have a little nook of space…why not use it! Great little toast making station

In a small space its a good idea to incorporate as much storage as possible. Here the built-in cupboards are great for the items you use less frequently.

Overall this look is fresh, clean and not fussy. Notice there are little accessories as well as statement lighting. This adds to a seemless look that is both functional and nice to look at

In the Event that something catches your eye here is a source list (Note: I didn’t put the list together, just borrowed it from the site :)):


Bistro Glamour…on a budget.

This kitchen is pretty, functional and ideal for an open planned concept. Its pretty enough to stand on its own and roomy enough that you would have no problem entertaining, cooking and using the space everyday. Helps that its so pretty too ūüôā

With this kitchen’s use of open storage flanking the main cooking area the space feels open and clean. The open storage serves as a great place to show off all the pretty little kitchen items. The way the open storage has the darker cabinet fronts draws your eyes up and¬†commands¬†all the attention. The rest of the kitchen from the cabinets to the¬†counter-tops¬†to the¬†back-splash¬†run¬†seamlessly¬†together with their marble finishes and clean lines adding more emphasis on the way that the island set in the middle feels like a piece of floating furniture, adding warmth to the space with its dark tones and plush chairs.

October 2010 Canadian House and Home

In order to make glass front storage or even open storage you must ensure that all of you storage needs are still met. Here these needs are met by having floor to ceiling storage not only on the one side but also on the other-side that also incorporates the microwave. Also notice how the bottoms of the cabinets have furniture like detail. Although this is a custom kitchen this can also be achieved by installing pre-made kitchen cabinets and adding the molding detail after or even using your existing cabinets and refreshing their look bu painting the cabinets out and adding the moldings to the top(crown) as well as to the bottom. The lighting over the island is clear and flows in the space. They pendents are pretty but not overpowering. The real lighting in this kitchen comes from strategically placed pot lights.

October 2010 Canadian House and Home

The clean lines and furniture feel appeal carries through to the dining room with the dark finish that mimics the finishes in the dark accents in the kitchen. Having a round table allows flexibility for seating and a feeling of a more formal space. This is good for homes that are lacking a space for a formal dining room. Notice the lighting: it mimics the shape of the table. This is key because it created flow within the space.

October 2010 Canadian House and Home

A kitchen like this is easy to add color to if you feel white is too sterile. a few accessories placed around the room, in the glass cabinets as well as in the dining room can make a big impact and if you are a color chameleon…easy to change with your mood (or season)!

How to get this look for less:

  • Instead of stone¬†counter tops a¬†neutral laminate with a clean profile
  • Paint existing kitchen cabinets(not stark white off white or cream) or install new updated¬†cabinet¬†fronts and clean simple handles, using glass front doors for a main¬†sight line.
  • Add¬†moldings to the tops and bottoms of your cabinets. For crown molding add a strip of wood to the top of your old cabinet to fasten the crown¬†molding¬†to if your cabinets don’t go to your¬†ceiling.
  • Use ceramic tiles in a clean fresh white or cream that compliments your¬†counter-tops¬†and cabinet colors. Subway tile is always a classic, clean look.
  • Purchase inexpensive stools, a staple gun, fabric and simply personalize!
  • Replace lighting with clean simple fixtures($20 Ikea) and voila!