Tchotchkes, doodads, and stuff: accessorizes are those things that we put up and collect dust, but in reality, are very necessary for designing the perfect space.
I think most designers have some form of OCD, because it makes us so happy when everything has a place. Arranging objects in just the right way feels so damn satisfying! We accessorize everything. Coffee tables, kitchen countertops, nightstands, dressers, side tables, and of course shelves. This can get out of hand real fast, so calling in an expert to help will avoid making you look like a crazy hoarder.
Here are some simple tips that anyone can do to make sure your space is designed well and stays neat.
1. Stacked books
Make it hardback. Paperback books are flimsy and over time can look messy. If you have a hardback book with a sloppy book jacket, just throw the jacket away. I’m always surprised with how pretty the actual book looks without the cover. I thrift shop for books all the time to just to fill in spaces and if the topic is silly or doesn’t make sense for the design, then I just add it with the pages facing out. There is something about stacked paper that always looks good, and since its neutral, it works for every design.
Boxes come in every color and size and are perfect to stand on their own or stacked on books to add height. I love styling with boxes because they are great at decluttering. Remotes, pens and scratch paper can all be stashed away to keep a space looking magazine ready.
Clearly, I have a thing for plants, but they are perfect for any surface! Actually, I take that back - I might like planters more than plants somehow. There are so many creative ways to add plants as accessories. Terrariums are a great way to display an adorable succulent and acts as a sculpture for your coffee table or shelf. I love planting and adding flowers to unusual vessels, like pitchers, cups, jars. Really anything that I see that can hold water or soil. Having fun with the vessel you pick to display your greenery can change the look of a space.
4. An object
I know it sounds broad, but you can’t mess this one up. A vintage camera, a sculpture, a vase, a figurine etc. This is a way to add something personal to your space. I have little trinkets from my life that I have in my home and it really helps tell the story of who I am and what I love. I think it is important to have items in your home mean something. The key here is to just add one or two depending on the size of the surface you are accessorizing.
Now use these tools to add shape and height to any surface!
What is your favorite thing to accessorize with?