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January 12, 2010

Accessories… The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Pt. 1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 4:33 pm

Does anyone feel completely overwhelmed when thinking about how to accessorize your home??  This is probably one of the most intimidating things for most homeowners.  I get call after call and question after question such as “What is missing?”  and “I am starting to hate my living room but cant afford to buy new furniture.”  I’m sure alot of you can understand!  The answer… neatly placed, selected, and edited accessories!  This would include pillows, art, vases, bowls, books, framed pictures… the list goes on and on.  Really, this is the “decor” of the room. We will start with some common mistakes and then move on to some helpful tips!


1.  Too Much Clutter. TOOOOOOO much clutter.  Clutter is a bad thing and “too much” is a bad thing, so combined, we gotta problemo.  A fixable one, that is!  If you have problems with clutter, it is probably a good idea to get rid of half of what you have… goodwill, etc.  Some is trash (old magazines, etc.) and some is donatable.  First of all throw away anything you can throw away (recycle if you can), and bring a big box (or 3 or 4) to Goodwill.  Once you get rid of the extras it is just alot easier to place accessories.

2.  Too many throw pillows can certainly affect your life in a bad way.  It is such a pain to get them all straight isnt it???  There is really only one thing about our house that Kyle hates and that is that i have a tendency to have waaaaayyyy too many throw pillows.  In fact, it is a running joke that he’ll find like BAGS of old ones in the attic that i’m saving and just dead set on putting back out eventually.  He won this battle and i got rid of them all.  He was RIGHT!!  they complicated things!  They made the couch look messy, and the bed making took longer (not that we make our bed very often).  Haha.  I love that Kyle taught me an important lesson of interior design.  On the bed, i say limit it to one or two.  On the couch, maybe one on each end and if you are feeling really ambitious, maybe 2 on one end and 1 on the other.  Old ones are certainly something to look at decide if they are just too old and if you cut them open would you be disgusted with what you find.  Throw that junk out!  Your allergies will thank you!

This pic is a nice example of throw pillows accenting the space rather than being out of control:

3.  Too many family pics.  This one is touchy and I totally understand that… It is rough.  I LOVE when people have tons of pics of their family displayed in their houses.  I am different than most interior designers b/c i like this.  HOW you display them is where I will offer some tips!  The down side of havign a bunch of framed pics out is that they gather dust and usually are so spread around the house that no one actually looks at them.  I like when people put them in large groups together so that you can stand and look at a bunch at one time!  It is just like a little glimpse into who they are (as is your whole house!).  Consider gathering all the frames you have lying around and putting them on the bar in the kitchen and really just thinking about which ones you want people to see.  Pick several of your favorites and place them accordingly… maybe a family pic on your dressing table?  Take the rest that you like and buy some of those inexpensive black and white frames (either with multiple openings or not) from target and consolidate your pics into several LARGE frames and put them all together somewhere.  Most of us have a large wall that would work for this.  Its great… I like having them in a hallway just b/c it is gallery-esque.  Here are two examples… one being more traditional and one more contemporary (although it is album covers, the same principle applies).

…to be continued.



  1. my mom actually has a wall dedicated to pictures of all sizes. she did a great job and you’re right, it’s nice to take your time to look at all of them.

    Comment by Sarah — January 12, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

  2. uhhh, YES, i feel overwhelmed when thinking about how to accessorize my home. now, just if i had someone to help. 😉

    Comment by Laura L — January 13, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  3. I am HUGE minimalist!!! I’m that way in almost all of life… If I get a new shirt, then I typically clean out one shirt. I clean out papers and throw stuff away… I probably throw away TOO much just because I hate the feeling of having too much or being clutered!

    All that said, I need to learn to be a little more the other way… I need some decorations!

    Comment by Erin — January 13, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

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