You can fill your house with great furniture and a crazy amount of throw pillows, but it's the little things that will make it truly feel like a home. The best & worst part about this? These items can be inexpensive but they make take a while to acquire. It's easy to run to West Elm and pick up 50 small, unique pieces that will absolutely add the flare you're looking for, but these won't be personal. Don't get me wrong, I love me some marble and gold knick-knacks, and West Elm is my favorite go-to, but these are best used as small details to incorporate in with your personal pieces. Look above for example..
This is a combination of items from over the last, I'd say, 6ish years. That's not long, but it's when I really started my collection. Starting from the top down -
Shelf 1: Gorgeous marble box given to me at my bridal shower (West Elm.. of course), a wine bottle candle given to me for Christmas, the "C" from our Engagement party, Terrarium given to us at our wedding (West Elm again.. )
Shelf 2: Rustic Metal Pig collected 4 years ago, glass letter box holding all of our wedding cards (BHLDN), Pineapple candle given to me at my bridal shower (West Elm.. my ladies know me well)
Shelf 3: This one is special - my Grampy owned a frame shop for much of his life and put together this gold shadow box holding our wedding invitation. On the back, he created a pocket that holds anything & everything that was related to our wedding. Moving on - a small, fake green plant because small touches of green are crucial to give your home life (Ikea), and finally frames holding personal pictures.
Although many of those things are admittedly from West Elm.. I noticed this as I wrote out each shelf.. they were given to me as gifts during special life events. More importantly, they are all mixed in with personal pieces that hold a lot of meaning. This combination will create a home that doesn't just feel like it's out of a magazine, but instead one where you've left your mark.
I love these three wood boxes!
What a stupid thing to love but it was the first place in our home where I unpacked anything. It was the first area that I styled. Underneath these boxes sits a gold and glass side table holding a lamp and other accessories. Something about this small little space feels special to me. Maybe it's the way the sun shines on it, maybe it's the way they fit perfectly on a small part of the wall, but I'm guessing it's just special because it was our first - first homey spot of our new house as a married couple.
Another tip to decorating with accent pieces important to remember is having a variety of materials. I am a HUGE supporter of this. In every part of my house you will find a mixture of wood, fabric, stone or ceramic, & glass. Now look above. This one small space on our wall features wooden boxes, a ceramic hashtag, multiple glass pieces, a metal frame, and finally candles & potpourri which because of the soft, delicate, natural textures can replace fabric.
So let me break it down for you -
The cubes come as a set of 3 from Target (I received all as a wedding gift), frames hold pictures of Clark and I from when I was 17 to years later when we were living in MKE together, the accent pieces are West Elm (also gifts), and finally the candles and potpourri give off a vanilla and lavender scent creating a warm inviting smell.
Although there are several other small touches around our home, these three images represent the most important aspects of shelf decorating: combination of personal and glamour, variety of materials and finally variety in heights. Once again I'll ask you to look above from left to right - do you notice how your eye traces the pieces up and down like a cityscape? That's intentional. Keep your shelves interesting by giving your eyes something to look at and leave some white space to give your eyes a break.
So looking at the final picture from left to right -
These items sit on top of our Sidebar that Clark & I built and follow all the rules. On the far left is a patterned picture frame, next is our leather wedding photo book, the glass and gold box (BHLDN) is holding our wedding "guest book" made up of Jenga pieces, and finally a small plant and candle holder.
Following each of these rules will help you as you style your shelves, table tops, etc. So just remember that everything is about creating a balance - personal, material, height - and I'm sure you're house will soon start to feel like a home.
This is a representation of who I am, and a few of the things I love. I am excited to share with you a little bit about my life, and glad you're along for my journey!
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