Decorating With Simple Accessories

When you want to freshen up the look of a room, or add a few finishing touches to a new decorating style, you need accessories.

Here are three of my favorites that are readily available, inexpensive, and useful for almost any decorating style.


Arranging books can be an art-form – and create an artistic display.

And they don’t always have to be on bookshelves either.

One of my favorite things to do with them is stack a few on side tables, or the fireplace mantel.

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I tend to use hardback books with neutral colors like black or tan.

Don’t stack them evenly though… try putting mis-matched sizes together with the largest on bottom, mid-sized second, and smallest on top.

Another way to arrange books with similar sizes is to offset their positioning.

Put the bottom book with it’s spine facing outwards, then the second book can be tilted to the left by 15 or 20 degrees, then the next book can be tilted to the right by 15 or 20 degrees.

Try various placements to see what works best in the space you’re using them for decorating.

Don’t forget artfully arranged books on the bookcases too though.

Not all books must be positioned upright.

Lay a few down in stacks, and place a small figurine or candle on them.

Also try putting flower vases or larger figurines between batches of upright books.

These little things all help break the monotony and heavy look of books.

Doilies and Lace

These are wonderful for adding a touch of nostalgia here and there in your home.

I particularly like to use them with the stacked books idea mentioned above, but instead of putting them under the books I like to drape them over the top as part of my decor.

Sometimes I’ll even sit a small figurine or table centerpiece on top and wrap fake greenery around it too.

Doilies can also be placed on shelves.

Position them so there’s a small edge or corner draped off the shelf to create more interest and visibility.

Try using strips of lace to create bows.

These can easily be tied to the top of a table leg, wrapped around baskets, and even tied around large vases too.


A reliable stand by for pretty much every decorating theme, candles can create visual interest, fill a small empty space in a wall nook, or be combined with other elements for a unique arrangement.

I personally love jars and bottles – the more unique or unusual the better – so I get candles in a variety of different types of jars.

I then sit these either on doilies by themselves, or on top of a book stack that has a doily draped over it.

I also fit them into my bookshelves because they’re small enough to fit in various places easily and they add visual appeal to the overall design.

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One of the centerpieces I use has votive candle holders, and I have several single and paired votives on various shelves throughout my house too.

These take small candle inserts and are easily changed from one season to the next to go with your decor, creating a nice difference in the room decor with just that small little touch.

One other thing I like to do with the small candle inserts, is to lay a few side by side in decorative glass or cut crystal candy dishes.

I put mine in candy dishes that have lids, so the color shows through without the candle itself actually being seen.

This is beautiful when the candy dish is positioned for the sun to shine through it each day.

Clear Clutter Quick with Baskets

What’s an item that can help you organize every room in your home, helps create the appearance that you’re a tidy housekeeper, even if you’re not, and perks up your decorating scheme?

Need another hint?

It comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials and can be found in many local retail stores, including craft stores and discount retailers, and at flea markets and craft shows and well basically it’s a universal item found all over the world.

You probably have one right now in your home.

It’s a basket!

So the next time someone gives you one filled with anything from sweets to colognes, don’t discard it once you’ve used what’s in it.

Once the items are gone, the basket’s job has only just begun.

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For instance, in the kitchen, you can use hanging wall pocket baskets, which have flat backs, to store dry sponges and scrubbers as well as pot holders, oven mitts, dry dish rags and spare kitchen hand towels.

And in your family room or den, you might use a deep, round or cylindrical shaped basket on the coffee table to hold television or other electronic remotes.

A basket made of rags will slide without scratching, or put a doily underneath.

Imagine never losing the television remote again because you have an assigned place to put it in full view–that blends in with your home decor.

And in the bedroom decor, a wicker hamper with a lid in the closet can store extra pillows and keep them dust-free.

If you see openings in the wicker slats or don’t like your linens snagging on the inside of the basket, line the hamper with a sheet or large gallon trash bag.

The ideas for using these globally designed and sold products that have been around for decades are infinite.

And probably no product is so practical and useful as well as beautiful.

And modestly priced too!

Baskets are handmade works of art that are functional and ideal for decorating.

Imagine serving drinks on that glorious one-of-a-kind painting you have hanging on the wall.

But with baskets you can literally put your most unique artwork into daily usage and daily view.

Baskets come in many sizes, shapes and materials such as willow, rattan, bamboo, rope, palm leaf, wire and rags.

And many are adorned with metal garnishes, dried coco flowers, gugo vine handles and more.

It’s that variety of qualities that make baskets so easy to organize AND decorate with simultaneously.

And you don’t have to take a basket as it comes.

Dress up any of your baskets by gluing on your own garnishments.

For example, craft stores sell all types of trinkets you can glue on your baskets.

Be creative.

Try personalizing your baskets with anything from buttons to plastic candy canes to miniature toy figures or mini cloth stockings.

You could also buy miniature toys and figurines from typical large discount retailers or smaller dollar stores.

What fun to do by yourself or with your children.

And when you’re done, you can still put that basket to work in an organizational function in your home only it will have twice the value to you the purchase price plus the priceless sentimental value and one of your favorite accessorise when decorating.

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