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BEAUTIFUL ACCESSORIES IN 7 STEPS

Ian Hartwell

by Ian Hartwell
Jones-Keena & Company

It takes many layers to make a house a home. In creating a beautiful space, it is the last layer of accessorizing that is the most critical but also the most difficult to execute correctly. The goal when accessorizing is giving the space your own unique personality, yet it should look effortless and compliment the interior.

Group objects of similar color togetherI always have compared accessorizing to the taming of a wild beast. Sometimes too many “things” can get out of control. It seems perfectly natural to take all of your sentimental and beautiful things and place them out on all the surfaces so that you can see and enjoy them. Resist that urge! Using a little structure and restraint can help organize the space and create order and balance. To get the best results when accessorizing a room, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

COLLECTIONS
If you have enough space, place collections together in a group. This gives the collection a sense of importance and makes a single statement. Within the collection, mix in books and artwork to break it up the grouping just a bit and keep the eye moving around all the pieces.

BOOKS
Books should not stand in bookcases like soldiers. Stack some of them on their sides and using others to elevate objects at different heights. Place stacks of book to the front of your shelves and to the back to provide depth and interest. Buy beautiful books whenever you can, and always buy hardcover. The leather or linen binding will last a lifetime.

Create interesting bookshelves by stacing some books on their sides
Tuck smaller pieces of art into book shelves


OBJECTS
If you do not have a collection to display; try placing objects together that have something in common, such as color, texture or theme. If you have objects that are all the same height, try using wood or Lucite blocks to vary them.

PICTURE FRAMES
Photographs can look busy and chaotic. Create a feeling of calm and order by selecting frames that are similar in color and style. I especially like using silver frames. The frames’ styles may be different, but they should each be the same finish. The continuity of the silver creates a “collection” out of the photographs.

ART
Art in a home is completely subjective to its owner. If you would like to use an heirloom painting in your contemporary house, think about changing the frame. Taking a traditional painting with gold gilded frame and changing it to a more transitional frame will work wonders. Take smaller pieces of art and tuck them into book shelves to use as accessories.

BUYING
Always buy classic beautiful things. Try to avoid trendy items, but if you must have them be prepared to put them away when they go out of style. Treat your home like your wardrobe.

BOTTOM LINE
The trend in accessorizing is EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. If you have too many things to display all at once, set up shelves in the basement or pantry for items that you love and do not want to part with. Display them in an orderly fashion and every so often switch items within your house. It’s really like shopping for something new. It keeps things fresh, ever changing and you get to keep many of your sentimental things.



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