Hello Migonis Home readers! I am April, from House by Hoff, and I am one of you! I am a follower and fan of everything on this blog! Jen was one of the first people that I even told about my blog (in a random comment, on a random post, one random day). She has been kind enough to offer me lots of encouragement, great advice, and a guest post on her blog! Yipee!!!
Ok, let’s get to it! Accessories. Everybody has them, but they can confuse us, am I right? I have found that there are a few helpful tips that can make accessorizing your home
Tip #1: Look for Bargain Accessories or Make Them Yourself
Ok, confession time. I used to think that shopping at Goodwill or garage sales was a little…icky. That couldn’t be further from the truth now! Ever since I became obsessed with milk glass, I find myself Goodwill hunting (pun totally intended) and looking for garage sales all the time! I’m not suggesting that you never splurge on a great accessory though, sometimes you just want what you want!
Tip #2: Mix it Up!
In my home you’ll find many instances where I have mixed and matched three of my favorite accessory types; vintage, natural, and industrial.
A great example of this mixing and matching is my workspace in my laundry room. Here you’ll see vintage blue mason jars and milk glass, industrial pieces with my galvanized containers and the chicken wire on my inspiration board, and natural touches with my boxwood topiary, greenery, and burlap in the jars. I love this workspace!
Tip #3: Have a Sense of Humor
This should really be a tip that you follow in life in general, but, since I’m not a life coach, I’ll stick to decorating advice! It’s fun to have a humorous framed print, funny accessory, or funky fabric in your home. You’ll smile when you look at it, and marvel at how clever you are!
These prints in my kitchen really do make me smile when I read them.
I love the look of these two patterns together. Something about it just makes me happy.
Tip #4: Edit Yourself
I know. I know. You have fifteen accessories that you really love. I do too. This rule is the hardest one for me to follow! Just because you have fifteen accessories that you love, doesn’t mean that they all get to be out on the same table at the same time. (Unless they happen to look amazing together, then go for it.) Prioritize which accessory is your favorite or is the most important to have out, then add just a few more here and there.
My console table was particularly hard for me to accessorize. I had too many things that I loved and wanted to put on it. I knew that my first priority was my black framed family pictures. I added just a few more pieces here and there to add detail and color.
To avoid cluttered looking surfaces, mix and match things of various size and height. Start with bigger items in the back and work your way to smaller items in the front. Odd numbered groupings usually work best. Sometimes you get the look you want on the first try, but not usually! Try a couple of different combinations before settling on one.
Tip #5: Be Patient
You should be laughing at this, because I am one of the least patient people I know. If you’re decorating on a budget, like I am, sometimes you have to wait for the right accessory at the right price to find you.
Case in point, this rug. I looked in the rug aisle at Marshall’s and Home Goods (two of my very favorite stores for accessories) every time I stopped in for six long months before I found her. I knew we’d cross paths, but I didn’t know when. Then, one November day, there she was! My yellow geometric rug that accents my striped curtains and chevron pillows perfectly. We’ve been exclusive ever since!
Another example of patience paying off! I couldn’t figure out what to do with the side tables in our master bedroom. They sat pretty bare for quite some time. Then I found these beautiful gold lamps at Marshall’s one day. They are the perfect finishing touch!