Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Home Accessories

Blue and White Vignette


The good news in bringing anything into our homes,

is it is all in the eye of the beholder.

What ‘calls’ to me may not call you, but it is all good. 

We are all just enjoying our homes and our own


Favorite Home Accessories 2015

Here are a few of my favorite home accessories.

*Blue and White

That is probably not a surprise. I use blue and white everywhere.  It is one of the single most unifying elements

in my home. It has the ability to look classic and timeless and just a tad modern all at the same time.

For blue and white pieces to call to me, they obviously do not have to be expensive or historical.

True to my personality, I would much rather find pieces digging in a flea market box or at Ross- the best retail

flea market on the planet.


Every room in my house has multiple mirrors in it.  Our 1950’s ranch fixer upper  (understatement)

has eight foot ceilings. 

The remedy?  Larger pieces of furniture and mirrors that sparkle and move the light.

Brass Trays

*Brass Trays

I should correct that to say all trays.  Everyone talks about how trays anchor a grouping, but in my home

they also do something else. 

They hide what is underneath (scratches, imperfections).

Guess what else I use to do the same thing?

Mirrored place mats. It is all about moving the light.

Black Lamp Shade


Over the years, I have stockpiled a collection of flea market lamps and lamps from Ross.

I am not a fan of overhead lighting. 

My favorite way to dress up a tired lamp is using a black lamp shade.

It anchors a lamp and stops the eye and the room from fading away by seeing too many white ‘hats’ on all of

the lamps.

Favorite Home Accessories


Books are the great pedestals and hiders in my decor world.

I have to have them. They elevate things in a grouping and provide a touch of classic color that

appeals to me.

What do they hide?  Whatever needs hiding.

Do you have any items in your home you can’t live without?


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Theresa said...

Love your home! I use lots of books and mirrors too:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

And I must say, I like the classical busts in your photos of the Goddess Artemis (?) and Michelangelo's David. My sister is nuts for blue-and-white porcelain too.

Creations By Cindy said...

You had me at Blue and White! Ha! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Laurie said...

I'm a sucker for pottery and dishes.

Simply LKJ said...

I too love books in a room. One of my favorite restaurants had a wall of books, and I loved it. Adore blue and white pieces as well, timeless. And, we always have candles burning.

alwaysinasouthernstateofmind said...

love your list... we're kindred souls :)

Decor To Adore said...

I really love the idea of using mirrored place mats. Ingenious! Where do you find your black lampshades?

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...


Perfect list and one can never ever go wrong with blue and white!
Have a lovely day,


Pondside said...

The blue and white, definitely. In every room. I like the idea of a black lampshade and may just give it a try. I have read that every room should have something black. I like bowls and seem to have them everywhere - an enormous bowl of shells on the coffee table, a red transferware bowl on the sideboard, a bowl full of blue and white carpet balls on the tea table.

Stacey said...

Your home is beautiful! We like some of the same things which is no surprise. :)

No blue and white here in my house...that just might need to change.

Sarah said...

Like you, these are top on my list too. I would also have to add rugs for our hardwood floors, foot stools, and wood trays and boxes. Beautiful shots! Hope you are enjoying a great day.

Michelle said...

I do love those spots of blue and white sitting around. Very classic!

lulu said...

Lovely! The blue and white is timelessly elegant!

Debra said...

I feel like I have found a kindred spirit. As I read your post I looked around my house, mirrors, some blue and white, lots of books yup. Gotta work on the lamps.

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, how lovely Laura! And, I do have some pieces I cannot live without. Some Andrea Birds, two Tiffany lamps for starters. Lovely post!

Amy at love made my home said...

You decorate your home beautifully! I adore that mirror in the second photo especially! xx

Unknown said...

Hi Laura,
I have always loved your sense of style. From time to time over the years I've peeked in on your blog to see what you have going on. I'm a fan of blue and white, brass, and books. We have that in common for sure. I especially love that gold tray setting on the stack of books. The lines are gorgeous. I totally understand what you mean about moving light around in a house. Living in Alaska I will try just about anything to bring more light in during our very dark days. Thankfully, we are getting a bit more light and sunshine in now.

Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Olivia- Co-hostess
Reinvented Collection

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely home decor at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

The Charm of Home said...

I like many of these things also. Especially the blue an white. Your home is very timeless and elegant! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

KayMil said...

LOVE using books in decorating!
These are great!

Thanks for joining us on the Alder Collective! Pinning, and we hope to see you again soon!

Eilis said...

Your home is beautiful. I love how you use trays on top of stacks of books. I will be looking out for trays now.


Beautiful vignettes, I specially love your blue and white ginger jars. I got one for C'mas from my sweet daughter and I love it.
I too find decorating with books so elegant and homey.
Happy Valentine's.

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Your post really speaks to me, the way I decorate and the things I need for my home to feel like home to me. I'm definitely a tray-lover, too. Two of my very favorite things to use in my decor are lanterns/hurricanes & candles (both real and faux).

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bonnie said...

I love mirrors, blue and white and books, too. In fact, I have the same ginger jar that you do. Only wish I had bought two just alike. I've learned my lesson on buying pairs.


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