Which would you choose and 2 winners!

Good morning! Before we begin, I want to announce the two lucky winners of the French apron and monogrammed soaps! Thanks for helping me celebrate my two year anniversary,? I was so touched by all of your kind words. Congratulations goes to……??


For the french apron, the winner is….


Result:
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Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Your home is wonderful. I was so pleasantly surprised at Christmas by my two closest friends. They gave me the fabulous silver planter I have had my eye on for the longest time! I can’t wait to use it. So my next want from the store is one of the smaller silver planters. This is a bad (wonderfully bad) place for me! Thank you.
Patricia B
And the monogrammed soaps goes to….
?Result:
36?
OMG- You are an amazing decorator and your house looks gorgeous! Happiest of New Year’s!!!
linda,ny

Please contact me here so I can get your shipping information and these goodies can be on their way!


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So how is 2013 treating you so far? With the exception of my husband coming down with pneumonia, it was a wonderful holiday season. Funny,? New Years day unexpectedly ended up being one of the best days. First off, ? it was the first day in 8 days that hubs felt up to getting fully dressed and coming downstairs, then it was a continuation of our movie marathon, we watched Dances with Wolves, Meet Joe Black, Under the Tuscan Sun? and a few others, all the while I was cooking the entire day (but really loving it) I made beef stew, paninis, homemade basked mac, even small apple tarts..yes I was on a roll! My husband spent a lot of time exploring my blog and was thoroughly entertained and it was just a great family day, alongside a roaring fire, it was spent at home enjoying each others company….it was cold outside but really warm and cozy inside. So life is slowly getting back to normal after the holiday blizzard (not literal but the whirlwind). I have yet to take down any decorations…thinking I will give it another week, not quite ready to say goodbye to the magic of Christmas or the hard work I put into it:)

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Today’s Which Would You Choose is a fun one. Roll with me here……the designer fairies have paid you a visit. Hey, its a new year…time for a change, right? They have told you that you get to have one designer of your choosing redo your entire home soup to nuts. Only catch? You cannot have any say, you are at their talented mercy and must go on a little “vacay “for a week while they work their magic. Which of these talented tastemakers would you trust to redo your entire home? Many if not most you know, but I have also included two pictures of their work that I think? represents their style. This is a tough one, though I think I have it narrowed down to two. No wait, I mean three. OK, two. Here we go…..so which would you choose!?

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CHOICE 1? Mary McDonald




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CHOICE 2? David Easton




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CHOICE 3 Meg Braff

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CHOICE 4 Cathy Kincaid



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CHOICE 5?? Bunny Williams



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CHOICE 6? Sandra Nunnerly



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CHOICE 7?? Thomas Pheasant



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CHOICE 8?? Phoebe Howard

CHOICE 9 ? Thomas O Brien

CHOICE 10?? Ashely Whittaker

CHOICE 11? John Jacob

CHOICE? 12? Jan Showers

?CHOICE 13 ? Charles Faudree

CHOICE? 14 ? McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier

CHOICE? 15?? Barry Dixon


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OK, I take it back, I don’t? have it narrowed down to 2 after all. Sorry, too much talent? to choose but if forced, I guess I could narrow it down and let them work their magic. So now its your turn….who are you turning over your casa to?? I cannot wait to see the results..this should be fun and interesting! Thanks always for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day.

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Which would you choose and 2 winners!

Good morning! Before we begin, I want to announce the two lucky winners of the French apron and monogrammed soaps! Thanks for helping me celebrate my two year anniversary,  I was so touched by all of your kind words. Congratulations goes to……  
For the french apron, the winner is….
Result:

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Your home is wonderful. I was so pleasantly surprised at Christmas by my two closest friends. They gave me the fabulous silver planter I have had my eye on for the longest time! I can’t wait to use it. So my next want from the store is one of the smaller silver planters. This is a bad (wonderfully bad) place for me! Thank you.
Patricia B
And the monogrammed soaps goes to….
 Result:
36 
OMG- You are an amazing decorator and your house looks gorgeous! Happiest of New Year’s!!!
linda,ny

Please contact me here so I can get your shipping information and these goodies can be on their way!

 
 
So how is 2013 treating you so far? With the exception of my husband coming down with pneumonia, it was a wonderful holiday season. Funny,  New Years day unexpectedly ended up being one of the best days. First off,   it was the first day in 8 days that hubs felt up to getting fully dressed and coming downstairs, then it was a continuation of our movie marathon, we watched Dances with Wolves, Meet Joe Black, Under the Tuscan Sun  and a few others, all the while I was cooking the entire day (but really loving it) I made beef stew, paninis, homemade basked mac, even small apple tarts..yes I was on a roll! My husband spent a lot of time exploring my blog and was thoroughly entertained and it was just a great family day, alongside a roaring fire, it was spent at home enjoying each others company….it was cold outside but really warm and cozy inside. So life is slowly getting back to normal after the holiday blizzard (not literal but the whirlwind). I have yet to take down any decorations…thinking I will give it another week, not quite ready to say goodbye to the magic of Christmas or the hard work I put into it:)
 
Today’s Which Would You Choose is a fun one. Roll with me here……the designer fairies have paid you a visit. Hey, its a new year…time for a change, right? They have told you that you get to have one designer of your choosing redo your entire home soup to nuts. Only catch? You cannot have any say, you are at their talented mercy and must go on a little “vacay “for a week while they work their magic. Which of these talented tastemakers would you trust to redo your entire home? Many if not most you know, but I have also included two pictures of their work that I think  represents their style. This is a tough one, though I think I have it narrowed down to two. No wait, I mean three. OK, two. Here we go…..so which would you choose! 
 
 
 
CHOICE 1  Mary McDonald

 
CHOICE 2  David Easton

 
 
CHOICE 3 Meg Braff

 
 
 
CHOICE 4 Cathy Kincaid

 
 
CHOICE 5   Bunny Williams

 
 
CHOICE 6  Sandra Nunnerly

 
 
CHOICE 7   Thomas Pheasant

 
 
CHOICE 8   Phoebe Howard

CHOICE 9   Thomas O Brien

CHOICE 10   Ashely Whittaker

CHOICE 11  John Jacob

CHOICE  12  Jan Showers

 CHOICE 13   Charles Faudree

CHOICE  14   McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier

CHOICE  15   Barry Dixon

 
 
OK, I take it back, I don’t  have it narrowed down to 2 after all. Sorry, too much talent  to choose but if forced, I guess I could narrow it down and let them work their magic. So now its your turn….who are you turning over your casa to?  I cannot wait to see the results..this should be fun and interesting! Thanks always for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day.
 
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Which would you choose? And a giveaway!

Hi there, hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was actually quite relaxing and it was a true treat to have some real downtime. No workers, no chaos, son came home from overseas safe and sound. ?I also was busy packaging up orders to send out next week. And my first batch have already left the building! Also started adding new products to my site today, more to come! ?So lots going on in that arena. ?Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. To say thanks I am offering another fun giveaway! All details on bottom of post. ?



Moving on to this afternoons post….today’s “Which would you choose” is something you will really need to think about. Imagine this- a fairy decorating godmother has come along and said that you can have your entire house redecorated by one designer. You must only choose one and you must choose now. Imagine handing over your trust and faith to someone to transform your home into your dream home. Imagine their touch all over your home. A style for everyone…what appeals to you, transitional and calm, fancy and formal, country elegance? ?Do you already have a favorite in mind? Which designer would you choose? Well today you get to decide….below 16 very accomplished decorators with a sampling of their style. I can’t wait to see who you choose!





CHOICE 1 DAVID EASTON



CHOICE 2 CHARLOTTE MOSS
CHOICE 3 ?JOHN JACOB

CHOICE 4 SHERILL CANET

CHOICE 5 STEVEN GAMBRELL

CHOICE 6 M ELLE

CHOICE 7 ? ?CATHY KINCAID

CHOICE 8 MEG BRAFF

CHOICE 9 BARRY DIXON
CHOICE 10 PHOEBE HOWARD
CHOICE 11 MARY MCDONAD

CHOICE 12 ASHLEY WHITTAKER

CHOICE 13 MCALPHINE FERRIER AND BOOTH

CHOICE 14 CHARLES FAUDRE
CHOICE 15 JOY TRIBOUT

CHOICE 16 THOMAS O BRIEN

This I am realizing is not at all an easy decision. For me, its between 3 or 4 of them and I could literally toss a coin and know I would be overjoyed with the result. A talented group to be sure and something I believe for everyone. Just boils down to personal taste,, style and how we each like to live. So……its your turn, which would you choose?
Giveaway details I am giving away 6 gorgeous linen guest towels or 12 cocktail napkins (winners choice) with fancy monogram to one lucky winner
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Definitely one of my favorite items and these have been selling like hotcakes! To be eligible just visit my store come back then come back here and tell me your favorite item. Click here to go to store. ?If you want a second chance, you can leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page. Click here to go to the Facebook page. As simple as that! I will announce a winner Wed. morning. Thanks for stopping by…..and have a great evening!

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Which would you choose? And a giveaway!

Hi there, hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was actually quite relaxing and it was a true treat to have some real downtime. No workers, no chaos, son came home from overseas safe and sound.  I also was busy packaging up orders to send out next week. And my first batch have already left the building! Also started adding new products to my site today, more to come!  So lots going on in that arena.  Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. To say thanks I am offering another fun giveaway! All details on bottom of post.  

Moving on to this afternoons post….today’s “Which would you choose” is something you will really need to think about. Imagine this- a fairy decorating godmother has come along and said that you can have your entire house redecorated by one designer. You must only choose one and you must choose now. Imagine handing over your trust and faith to someone to transform your home into your dream home. Imagine their touch all over your home. A style for everyone…what appeals to you, transitional and calm, fancy and formal, country elegance?  Do you already have a favorite in mind? Which designer would you choose? Well today you get to decide….below 16 very accomplished decorators with a sampling of their style. I can’t wait to see who you choose!


CHOICE 1 DAVID EASTON


CHOICE 2 CHARLOTTE MOSS
CHOICE 3  JOHN JACOB

CHOICE 4 SHERILL CANET

CHOICE 5 STEVEN GAMBRELL

CHOICE 6 M ELLE

CHOICE 7    CATHY KINCAID

CHOICE 8 MEG BRAFF

CHOICE 9 BARRY DIXON
CHOICE 10 PHOEBE HOWARD
CHOICE 11 MARY MCDONAD

CHOICE 12 ASHLEY WHITTAKER

CHOICE 13 MCALPHINE FERRIER AND BOOTH

CHOICE 14 CHARLES FAUDRE
CHOICE 15 JOY TRIBOUT

CHOICE 16 THOMAS O BRIEN

This I am realizing is not at all an easy decision. For me, its between 3 or 4 of them and I could literally toss a coin and know I would be overjoyed with the result. A talented group to be sure and something I believe for everyone. Just boils down to personal taste,, style and how we each like to live. So……its your turn, which would you choose?
Giveaway details I am giving away 6 gorgeous linen guest towels or 12 cocktail napkins (winners choice) with fancy monogram to one lucky winner
OR
Definitely one of my favorite items and these have been selling like hotcakes! To be eligible just visit my store come back then come back here and tell me your favorite item. Click here to go to store.  If you want a second chance, you can leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page. Click here to go to the Facebook page. As simple as that! I will announce a winner Wed. morning. Thanks for stopping by…..and have a great evening!

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Fabulously French!

Good morning!! If you have been following my blog for any reasonable amount of time, you know I am totally enamored with?all things French. Particularly French decor, French architecture, French colors, French history. And then there is of course the gastronomic world of French food. Oh and the gorgeous language of France. And how could I leave out French fashion!! You get my point, every thing about France is just heavenly at least in my humble opinion and there are TOO MANY to list them all! ?French decor is a huge inspiration to me and will continue to be as we finally move into the stages of planning out the decor for our new French inspired home.

I appreciate all aspects of French design from the most rustic, farm/country look that is so popular today all the way to the most formal and opulent castle worthy decadence (though not for me personally). Much to their credit, the French have great design nailed!

?I have a huge collection of photos, way too many to put into one post but today is my ode to all the fabulousness that is French. Whether its a French chair, or a certain color palette, gorgeous paneling in a French style, whatever it might be that struck me, here is some of the inspiration I have gotten from beautiful French decor. What are your thoughts? Are you a fellow Francophile or do you like just bits and pieces? Is there any French influence in your home? Love to know!

You know I love this space, just look at my header! Kitchen bath ideas
Always love this French feeling kitchen, Traditional Home
GORGEOUS entry hall……John Bobbit
French perfection! Charles Faudree
David Easton perfected this fabulous French drawing room but made it very inviting while elegant at the same time
Whats more French than a settee in French toile? Pierre Deux
Love the rustic but very sophisticated French vibe here, Barry Dixon
Cathy Kincaid designed this fabulous French boudoir
Love this old world delicate French setting, Southern Accents
Another stunning French room by David Easton
Stunning vision in French decor, love the neutral richness. Things that inspire
Fabulous and French, Betty Lou Phillips
Soft muted palette in this charming French sitting area, Shannon Bowers
The master of French decor himself, Charles Faudree
Nothing like a gorgeous armoire ?next to a fabulous French chair..littlefrenchgardenspot
Betty Burgess designed this rustic French kitchen, stunning!
Sumptuous master bedroom, Barry Dixon
Gorgeous pair of French beds grace this beautiful bedroom, Marshall Watson
Love the idea of a french settee being used as part of the seating at this dining table
Beautiful elegant French kitchen, love the light and dark, Eva designs
Always loved this fabulous dining room…French and fabulous! Southern Accents
Karyl Paxton designed this beautiful space, love the touches of orange…..
We all know this kitchen well by now but its worth including! Michelle Allman
Beautiful country French dining room, Patrick Dunne
Charles Faudree upholstered the walls with fabric in this decadent master bathroom
Shannon Bowers designed this beautiful and elegant pale foyer
Love this country French kitchen, it is super elegant but so cozy at the same time!
Always loved this hallway/foyer! Southern Accents
One of my favorites, love?this French feeling dining room..so elegant! Cathy Kincaid
Love a delicate french chair in a bathroom, Joe Minton
Always loved this elegant very French room, love the mantle, Things that inspire
Gorgeous French bed is done with beautiful vintage feeling linens, Country French
This just oozes French appeal! Betty Lou Phillips
When you have a French room with paneling this gorgeous you don’t need to do much!
Love a feminine French chair as an accent in a bathroom, House Beautiful
Always loved this beautiful room by Charles Faudree
Painted and glazed cabinetry in a beautiful soft green accented with reds, Michelle Allman
John Bobbitt designed this dreamy French bedroom!
How elegant is this fabulous library!! Things that inspire
A beautiful resting place, Lisa Cohen
Always loved an understated porch like this one with an assortment of French pale furniture
Fabulous sumptuous suite bathed in neutral splendor, Barry Dixon
And just a little recap. Many thanks for bearing wtih me as I feel out my OCD tendencies and get my “jollys” doing these little mosaics. The day will come when I will tire of them and move onto some other little project but until then……..
So what are your thoughts on French decor? Is it a like or a love? Do you have any French influences in your own home or a particular look or element you love? Would love to know. Hope you have a great day…Au?revior!

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Fabulously French!

Good morning!! If you have been following my blog for any reasonable amount of time, you know I am totally enamored with all things French. Particularly French decor, French architecture, French colors, French history. And then there is of course the gastronomic world of French food. Oh and the gorgeous language of France. And how could I leave out French fashion!! You get my point, every thing about France is just heavenly at least in my humble opinion and there are TOO MANY to list them all!  French decor is a huge inspiration to me and will continue to be as we finally move into the stages of planning out the decor for our new French inspired home.
I appreciate all aspects of French design from the most rustic, farm/country look that is so popular today all the way to the most formal and opulent castle worthy decadence (though not for me personally). Much to their credit, the French have great design nailed!
 I have a huge collection of photos, way too many to put into one post but today is my ode to all the fabulousness that is French. Whether its a French chair, or a certain color palette, gorgeous paneling in a French style, whatever it might be that struck me, here is some of the inspiration I have gotten from beautiful French decor. What are your thoughts? Are you a fellow Francophile or do you like just bits and pieces? Is there any French influence in your home? Love to know!

You know I love this space, just look at my header! Kitchen bath ideas
Always love this French feeling kitchen, Traditional Home
GORGEOUS entry hall……John Bobbit
French perfection! Charles Faudree
David Easton perfected this fabulous French drawing room but made it very inviting while elegant at the same time
Whats more French than a settee in French toile? Pierre Deux
Love the rustic but very sophisticated French vibe here, Barry Dixon
Cathy Kincaid designed this fabulous French boudoir
Love this old world delicate French setting, Southern Accents
Another stunning French room by David Easton
Stunning vision in French decor, love the neutral richness. Things that inspire
Fabulous and French, Betty Lou Phillips
Soft muted palette in this charming French sitting area, Shannon Bowers
The master of French decor himself, Charles Faudree
Nothing like a gorgeous armoire  next to a fabulous French chair..littlefrenchgardenspot
Betty Burgess designed this rustic French kitchen, stunning!
Sumptuous master bedroom, Barry Dixon
Gorgeous pair of French beds grace this beautiful bedroom, Marshall Watson
Love the idea of a french settee being used as part of the seating at this dining table
Beautiful elegant French kitchen, love the light and dark, Eva designs
Always loved this fabulous dining room…French and fabulous! Southern Accents
Karyl Paxton designed this beautiful space, love the touches of orange…..
We all know this kitchen well by now but its worth including! Michelle Allman
Beautiful country French dining room, Patrick Dunne
Charles Faudree upholstered the walls with fabric in this decadent master bathroom
Shannon Bowers designed this beautiful and elegant pale foyer
Love this country French kitchen, it is super elegant but so cozy at the same time!
Always loved this hallway/foyer! Southern Accents
One of my favorites, love this French feeling dining room..so elegant! Cathy Kincaid
Love a delicate french chair in a bathroom, Joe Minton
Always loved this elegant very French room, love the mantle, Things that inspire
Gorgeous French bed is done with beautiful vintage feeling linens, Country French
This just oozes French appeal! Betty Lou Phillips
When you have a French room with paneling this gorgeous you don’t need to do much!
Love a feminine French chair as an accent in a bathroom, House Beautiful
Always loved this beautiful room by Charles Faudree
Painted and glazed cabinetry in a beautiful soft green accented with reds, Michelle Allman
John Bobbitt designed this dreamy French bedroom!
How elegant is this fabulous library!! Things that inspire
A beautiful resting place, Lisa Cohen
Always loved an understated porch like this one with an assortment of French pale furniture
Fabulous sumptuous suite bathed in neutral splendor, Barry Dixon
And just a little recap. Many thanks for bearing wtih me as I feel out my OCD tendencies and get my “jollys” doing these little mosaics. The day will come when I will tire of them and move onto some other little project but until then……..
So what are your thoughts on French decor? Is it a like or a love? Do you have any French influences in your own home or a particular look or element you love? Would love to know. Hope you have a great day…Au revior!

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The alluring art of arranging accessories……


A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering……?Swank Lighting,?who has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps?has generously donated this gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be ?Friday, March 11th?

To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…www.swanklighting.com

Hand blown glass lamps from?Murano?Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?These lamps are designed after a popular, classic?Barovier?&?Toso?lamp from the 1940’s. ?They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00








The million dollar question…how to arrange a coffee table, side chest, console, entry table or mantle.There is no right or wrong and no magic formula but ideally you will see different heights and different textures being used when done well. ?I personally love the feeling that books give honestly just about anywhere, it firstly reveals something about you, your interests, what excites you and the more interesting the better (so be mindful of the books you display) I love nothing more than a big glossy heavy paperweight of a great design or art book.

?I have stacks of them on everything from coffee tables, to my nightstand to chests, there are no limits, then when you couple that with interesting little objects, or a small collection of something that’s when it gets fabulous and personal.?



Some people prefer a less cluttered look with?just one or two objects on a table. I think it largely depends on the space, the room, the fussiness of the decor, the colors, there are many contributing factors that would help you determine how much is too much. If you have ever been “stuck” with how to accessorize, hope that these pictures might give some divine inspiration! Remember there are no hard and fast rules, sometimes its a matter of pure experimentation, taking something away, adding, and so on. A pretty container with a fresh orchid is almost always, in my opinion a surefire way to add instant elegance and height to a coffee table, mantle or side chest. Try it and see how you like it! Also I like small interesting frames of loved ones…even put on top of a stack of books, it can look great. Let me know what you think…..whats your opinion when decorating a table, chest or mantle? Some ideas are:



  • A potted orchid
  • Stack of or just one or two coffee table books of a subject that interests you
  • A small crystal or a few crystal objects like balls or obelisks
  • A pair of delicately scaled candlestick lamps
  • A collection of a few smaller frames with pictures of family and friends
  • An urn or small dish with fresh flowers, greenery or fruit
  • A pair of oversized hurricane lamps


A test.….Try not to take in the beauty of each room below but instead,?zone right in on the tables or the mantles and pay attention to the placement, colors, textures and heights…see what you think and what you like and don’t like!?
I love the understated elegance in this space, a beautiful french console table adorned with a simple pair of bronze lamps and a gorgeous stone urn brimming with vegetables..T.Corrigan
Sometimes less is more…case in point, these delicate silver pieces atop a small hallway chest
William Eubanks designed this glorious master bedroom, simple Oriental lamps, a small silver frame and small silver container of rosebuds is the perfect touch for this serene space
Candler Smith used a gorgeous centerpiece of greenery and a few books on this romantic center hall table in this back foyer
This blue and green room is fabulous…love all the scattered pops of color, kept simple on the coffee table but artistically arranged on the very tall wall of shelving to display interesting objects
This vivid and bold setting gets a pop of colors from the bright pink flowers, a few books and a small china set….on tables with a lower shelf…books work nicely
A good example of how to use height (though for me this would be a bit too tall and distracting)
David Eastons apartment….proof that you can never have too many books on a beautiful round table..see how he placed a few small objects on top?
Suzanne Kasler selected small objects for the nightstands, shorter lamps, a small floral arrangement, a few books and a few small art objects
A pair of topiaries flank either side of this elegant, formal mantle, I like seeing a mirror rest against the wall as opposed to hanging it, not always but sometimes…it works here!
Another ?mirror “resting” on the console in front of two lamps..pretty!
Suzanne Kasler chose a small throw and a tray with assorted objects on this covered ottoman
For a chest, sometimes a lamp and a jar or small arrangement is adequate…with the reflection of the mirror, sometimes less is more,Eileen Kathryn Boyd
The collection of small potted orchids on this gilded console looks very elegant in this foyer, Timothy Corrigan
Fabulous setting of blue and white jars in this foyer…simple and perfect, J Tribble?
A funky lamp, a small vase of flowers and a lot of books grace this end table, Decorpad
The holidays are a great time to accessorize, with all the beautiful fresh greenery, holiday ornaments and winter time flowers…this is a beautiful example!
Sometimes less is more such as in this simple white setting, a pair of candlesticks and a small bowl of fruit is just right,Shannon Bowers
Eileen Kathryn Boyd chose something very tall with?this side table alongside small objects of different colors and scales, notice the resting mirror on the fireplace
On this center console table, a collection of crystal table objects, and a bronze statue flank a beautiful orchid which you notice is raised high off the table, Timothy Corrigan
For this more transitional bedroom, a simple geometric shaped lamp and a few small objects are all that is needed
I realize this isn’t practical day to day but it looks so pretty and definitely gave me a great idea for a spring time arrangement!
Elegant console table with a pair of lamps a bronze and a few framed pictures, Rinfret
A pretty collection white alabaster and marble objects graces this pretty end table
For this small console table, an interesting object in the middle is flanked by a miniature painting and a few small frames, perfect balance
An Indonesian inspired theme continues with the interesting statues whose gilded reflection is caught in the gorgeous mirror,Windsor Smith
Candler Lloyd used a pretty flower arrangement and a stack of books on this small scaled table
Here a large basket is used while smaller objects flank the lamps on both of the end tables..sometimes you can do more on the end and side tables and keep the coffee table clear
The ultimate European country home’s foyer…center table with an assortment of interesting objects, statues, frames, candles and books, Timothy Corrigan
A collection of art graces the subdued console and some rustic pieces are appropriately added that feed the feeling of the room, charming and understated
A few petite vases of flowers, a pretty crystal lamp and a small scaled painting add subtle touches to this nightstand arrangement, Decorpad
I like the tray, the flowers and the touch of pale green in the vases for both color and height, the play of colors is done well here,?Decorpad
This beautiful center hall is resplendent with blue and white jars, all varying in height and width to add interest, Rinfet
This attractive and regal center table gets an important bust with books and other smaller objects that do not take away from the focus being on the bust, Architectural Digest
Orchids do the trick every time! ?Pretty orchid next to a tray with a few objects shorter in height
The height, texture and color of flowers works every time..its a sure thing!
This regal space has a center table with Asian inspired statues and a tall dramatic black vase overflowing with white orchids…Michelle Nussbaumer
Simple and elegant. A tall orchid and black and white photographs successfully compliment the black lacquered console with?two white garden stools, Jennifer Ferreira
Beautiful side table with a pair of large containers flanking an oval mirror, very stately
Yes, I know everyones seen this one..but its a beauty! Love the height and pops of color, it works! House Beautiful
Love the hand blown jars in 3 sizes, gives the space volume, texture and reflection,Max and Co.
I like the simplicity of this chest and how there are just 3 large symmetrical items on it
This pretty delicate table has very purposefully placed items in serene colors,Decorpad
Tim Clarke chose an oversized fresh orchid as an elegant backdrop to the oil paintings on display in this circular foyer area….
I personally love a table overloaded with great books..not for everyone, but its “a look”
Mona Haaj chose to put two oriental vases on either side of a large mirror above this elegant mantle…understated and subtle
I like the way this leather covered ottoman has the center tray, the fresh flowers are beautiful and give height and the little jar on top of the books adds a little bit of color and texture
Here a few books are accented with much smaller objects and one larger rounder item
This covered ottoman is used to display a book collection
They got creative here spelling out a word with giant letters..funky and different
Beautiful objects including fresh greenery adorn this mantle, love the alabaster containers!
I like the look of a few smaller paintings or pictures above a fireplace, I think it adds a certain intimacy and warmth to the room
In this silver toned living room…a few objects were placed including two tall white decanters
I like the small oil painting, the simple vase of flowers and a few assorted objects used on this side table, elegant and just enough, Mona Haaj
Always loved this front hall…just a few elegant blue and whites in varying heights are just right
A very orderly and precise arrangement including some greenery, as well as different shapes
Michael Dale chose to put different busts and a few other objects in the same finish on this pretty chest, its busy but successfully done I think because they are all made of the same finish
Books displayed on their backs always look very attractive and orderly
Classic case of less is more, the second shelf gets a series of books while the top of the coffee table just has two decorative blue glasses, flowers and a single book..
Mona Haaj chose books, and a few small objects for this square glass coffee table
Charlotte Moss used the popular formula of a pair of lamps and a shorter object in the middle..pretty!
David Easton went with rich lush greenery in this opulent space
In this soft toned elegant living room, small interesting silver objects and an urn with fresh flowers was used to create height, two pretty plants flank a mirror and sconces above fireplace
I do have a thing for the holidays, will not lie…what a great time to go nuts decorating a mantle….LOVE the pine cones around the mirror, I am going to have to try it this Christmas!
Minimalist in keeping with the decor, one tall item and one smaller rounder item…
Charles Faudree chose beautiful shells and other sea related objects to display in this gorgeous blue painted secretary…the effect is fabulous!
Jean Paul Beaujard chose to use a small urn alongside a crystal lamp, both intended to not take away from the exquisite plate collection on the back wall
This beautiful glass cocktail table has 3 small globes and a few stacks of books
This is an interesting arrangement..I like seeing a collection of prints or small paintings above a fireplace, they added brackets and small statues as well, its very eye catching
Jack Phillips kept the colors monochromatic but choose objects of different heights and textures
Martin Bullard went with beautiful florals in green pots to add subtle color
Photo Jean Allsop creatively uses candlesticks with tight bunches of flowers on this mantle
With a view like this, a few objects are used but its minimal as to not distract from the views
McGill group designed this more modern console in this front hall with an elegant orchid in a pretty silver container, the reflection is caught in the tall mirror
So..what are your thoughts? What are your secrets or tried and true methods to adding accessories to a coffee table, console or mantle? Would love to hear if you have a favorite and how you like to arrange things…always fun to hear your ideas!
Have an enchanting day!

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The alluring art of arranging accessories……

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The million dollar question…how to arrange a coffee table, side chest, console, entry table or mantle.There is no right or wrong and no magic formula but ideally you will see different heights and different textures being used when done well.  I personally love the feeling that books give honestly just about anywhere, it firstly reveals something about you, your interests, what excites you and the more interesting the better (so be mindful of the books you display) I love nothing more than a big glossy heavy paperweight of a great design or art book.
 I have stacks of them on everything from coffee tables, to my nightstand to chests, there are no limits, then when you couple that with interesting little objects, or a small collection of something that’s when it gets fabulous and personal. 

Some people prefer a less cluttered look with just one or two objects on a table. I think it largely depends on the space, the room, the fussiness of the decor, the colors, there are many contributing factors that would help you determine how much is too much. If you have ever been “stuck” with how to accessorize, hope that these pictures might give some divine inspiration! Remember there are no hard and fast rules, sometimes its a matter of pure experimentation, taking something away, adding, and so on. A pretty container with a fresh orchid is almost always, in my opinion a surefire way to add instant elegance and height to a coffee table, mantle or side chest. Try it and see how you like it! Also I like small interesting frames of loved ones…even put on top of a stack of books, it can look great. Let me know what you think…..whats your opinion when decorating a table, chest or mantle? Some ideas are:

  • A potted orchid
  • Stack of or just one or two coffee table books of a subject that interests you
  • A small crystal or a few crystal objects like balls or obelisks
  • A pair of delicately scaled candlestick lamps
  • A collection of a few smaller frames with pictures of family and friends
  • An urn or small dish with fresh flowers, greenery or fruit
  • A pair of oversized hurricane lamps

A test.….Try not to take in the beauty of each room below but instead, zone right in on the tables or the mantles and pay attention to the placement, colors, textures and heights…see what you think and what you like and don’t like! 
I love the understated elegance in this space, a beautiful french console table adorned with a simple pair of bronze lamps and a gorgeous stone urn brimming with vegetables..T.Corrigan
Sometimes less is more…case in point, these delicate silver pieces atop a small hallway chest
William Eubanks designed this glorious master bedroom, simple Oriental lamps, a small silver frame and small silver container of rosebuds is the perfect touch for this serene space
Candler Smith used a gorgeous centerpiece of greenery and a few books on this romantic center hall table in this back foyer
This blue and green room is fabulous…love all the scattered pops of color, kept simple on the coffee table but artistically arranged on the very tall wall of shelving to display interesting objects
This vivid and bold setting gets a pop of colors from the bright pink flowers, a few books and a small china set….on tables with a lower shelf…books work nicely
A good example of how to use height (though for me this would be a bit too tall and distracting)
David Eastons apartment….proof that you can never have too many books on a beautiful round table..see how he placed a few small objects on top?
Suzanne Kasler selected small objects for the nightstands, shorter lamps, a small floral arrangement, a few books and a few small art objects
A pair of topiaries flank either side of this elegant, formal mantle, I like seeing a mirror rest against the wall as opposed to hanging it, not always but sometimes…it works here!
Another  mirror “resting” on the console in front of two lamps..pretty!
Suzanne Kasler chose a small throw and a tray with assorted objects on this covered ottoman
For a chest, sometimes a lamp and a jar or small arrangement is adequate…with the reflection of the mirror, sometimes less is more,Eileen Kathryn Boyd
The collection of small potted orchids on this gilded console looks very elegant in this foyer, Timothy Corrigan
Fabulous setting of blue and white jars in this foyer…simple and perfect, J Tribble 
A funky lamp, a small vase of flowers and a lot of books grace this end table, Decorpad
The holidays are a great time to accessorize, with all the beautiful fresh greenery, holiday ornaments and winter time flowers…this is a beautiful example!
Sometimes less is more such as in this simple white setting, a pair of candlesticks and a small bowl of fruit is just right,Shannon Bowers
Eileen Kathryn Boyd chose something very tall with this side table alongside small objects of different colors and scales, notice the resting mirror on the fireplace
On this center console table, a collection of crystal table objects, and a bronze statue flank a beautiful orchid which you notice is raised high off the table, Timothy Corrigan
For this more transitional bedroom, a simple geometric shaped lamp and a few small objects are all that is needed
I realize this isn’t practical day to day but it looks so pretty and definitely gave me a great idea for a spring time arrangement!
Elegant console table with a pair of lamps a bronze and a few framed pictures, Rinfret
A pretty collection white alabaster and marble objects graces this pretty end table
For this small console table, an interesting object in the middle is flanked by a miniature painting and a few small frames, perfect balance
An Indonesian inspired theme continues with the interesting statues whose gilded reflection is caught in the gorgeous mirror,Windsor Smith
Candler Lloyd used a pretty flower arrangement and a stack of books on this small scaled table
Here a large basket is used while smaller objects flank the lamps on both of the end tables..sometimes you can do more on the end and side tables and keep the coffee table clear
The ultimate European country home’s foyer…center table with an assortment of interesting objects, statues, frames, candles and books, Timothy Corrigan
A collection of art graces the subdued console and some rustic pieces are appropriately added that feed the feeling of the room, charming and understated
A few petite vases of flowers, a pretty crystal lamp and a small scaled painting add subtle touches to this nightstand arrangement, Decorpad
I like the tray, the flowers and the touch of pale green in the vases for both color and height, the play of colors is done well here, Decorpad
This beautiful center hall is resplendent with blue and white jars, all varying in height and width to add interest, Rinfet
This attractive and regal center table gets an important bust with books and other smaller objects that do not take away from the focus being on the bust, Architectural Digest
Orchids do the trick every time!  Pretty orchid next to a tray with a few objects shorter in height
The height, texture and color of flowers works every time..its a sure thing!
This regal space has a center table with Asian inspired statues and a tall dramatic black vase overflowing with white orchids…Michelle Nussbaumer
Simple and elegant. A tall orchid and black and white photographs successfully compliment the black lacquered console with two white garden stools, Jennifer Ferreira
Beautiful side table with a pair of large containers flanking an oval mirror, very stately
Yes, I know everyones seen this one..but its a beauty! Love the height and pops of color, it works! House Beautiful
Love the hand blown jars in 3 sizes, gives the space volume, texture and reflection,Max and Co.
I like the simplicity of this chest and how there are just 3 large symmetrical items on it
This pretty delicate table has very purposefully placed items in serene colors,Decorpad
Tim Clarke chose an oversized fresh orchid as an elegant backdrop to the oil paintings on display in this circular foyer area….
I personally love a table overloaded with great books..not for everyone, but its “a look”
Mona Haaj chose to put two oriental vases on either side of a large mirror above this elegant mantle…understated and subtle
I like the way this leather covered ottoman has the center tray, the fresh flowers are beautiful and give height and the little jar on top of the books adds a little bit of color and texture
Here a few books are accented with much smaller objects and one larger rounder item
This covered ottoman is used to display a book collection
They got creative here spelling out a word with giant letters..funky and different
Beautiful objects including fresh greenery adorn this mantle, love the alabaster containers!
I like the look of a few smaller paintings or pictures above a fireplace, I think it adds a certain intimacy and warmth to the room
In this silver toned living room…a few objects were placed including two tall white decanters
I like the small oil painting, the simple vase of flowers and a few assorted objects used on this side table, elegant and just enough, Mona Haaj
Always loved this front hall…just a few elegant blue and whites in varying heights are just right
A very orderly and precise arrangement including some greenery, as well as different shapes
Michael Dale chose to put different busts and a few other objects in the same finish on this pretty chest, its busy but successfully done I think because they are all made of the same finish
Books displayed on their backs always look very attractive and orderly
Classic case of less is more, the second shelf gets a series of books while the top of the coffee table just has two decorative blue glasses, flowers and a single book..
Mona Haaj chose books, and a few small objects for this square glass coffee table
Charlotte Moss used the popular formula of a pair of lamps and a shorter object in the middle..pretty!
David Easton went with rich lush greenery in this opulent space
In this soft toned elegant living room, small interesting silver objects and an urn with fresh flowers was used to create height, two pretty plants flank a mirror and sconces above fireplace
I do have a thing for the holidays, will not lie…what a great time to go nuts decorating a mantle….LOVE the pine cones around the mirror, I am going to have to try it this Christmas!
Minimalist in keeping with the decor, one tall item and one smaller rounder item…
Charles Faudree chose beautiful shells and other sea related objects to display in this gorgeous blue painted secretary…the effect is fabulous!
Jean Paul Beaujard chose to use a small urn alongside a crystal lamp, both intended to not take away from the exquisite plate collection on the back wall
This beautiful glass cocktail table has 3 small globes and a few stacks of books
This is an interesting arrangement..I like seeing a collection of prints or small paintings above a fireplace, they added brackets and small statues as well, its very eye catching
Jack Phillips kept the colors monochromatic but choose objects of different heights and textures
Martin Bullard went with beautiful florals in green pots to add subtle color
Photo Jean Allsop creatively uses candlesticks with tight bunches of flowers on this mantle
With a view like this, a few objects are used but its minimal as to not distract from the views
McGill group designed this more modern console in this front hall with an elegant orchid in a pretty silver container, the reflection is caught in the tall mirror
So..what are your thoughts? What are your secrets or tried and true methods to adding accessories to a coffee table, console or mantle? Would love to hear if you have a favorite and how you like to arrange things…always fun to hear your ideas!
Have an enchanting day!

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