Monday, November 19, 2012

Celebrate ordinary things

 It is not necessary to spend huge amounts of money to accessorize your home.  Much of what you need is probably in another room or in the natural environment. Garage sales, thrift stores etc. can  also provide  economical options.  The trick is to select  things that have multiple uses.  In this way you can rotate objects to make them new.   I love bottles and natural elements together.  It's no wonder I loved Anna Truelsen's My Lovely Things blog when I found it this week. She is a pro at using ordinary things for big impact. 

 Take one white table and add various bottles and natural elements.  When you add a growing bulb to the mix the vignette will change as the bulb grows.

 The look is changed completely when a black frame is used as a backdrop and a potted plant and a narrow necked bottle is added with a chair in the foreground.

 Different bottles with feathery ferns change the look again.  I was thinking how I would love to add a small black and white print inside the frame to fill up the space at the top. What do you think?

Replacing the black frame with a mirror adds to the repetition of objects and the mirror will also reflect other things in the decor.  Massing object together has big impact.

With Christmas just around the corner what could you do to add a little festive flavour? 

 This  vignette and the one below are so simple,  inviting and in keeping with the other elements in the home.   

 Repetition of glass and natural elements with a few sparkles.  Very inviting. 

And now for something more dramatic!

Who knew that one sculptural green leaf could be so dramatic? 

This vignette is built on varying shades and finishes of black with a strongly sculptural branch with blossoms to break up the starkness of the space. You could achieve a similar look with any colour interior by keeping the colour of the objects in the same family.  Certainly black has an impact that other colours might not have.

Look around.  What do you have in your home that you could group together?


  1. Oh how I love natural elements! Branches, shells, feathers, bones- you name it, I love it! Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous ideas Margaret, I especially love the last photo of the white blossoms layered on the black wall. That's insanely pretty!

    xox Linda

  2. Linda,
    Simplicity is very often the best answer in decor. Don't get me wrong, I love looking at sumptuous decor, but it always comes across as a movie set to me rather than a place where you can put your feet up and feel calm and relaxed. I too absolutely love the last photo and I love it more every time I look at it. That is the true test of successful decorating.


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