I’ve got the blues….in all its many shades!

Good morning. I have a small request. I get a fair number of anonymous comments which is totally fine. However many of those ask me questions about specifics on a post, like the name of a paint color or an architects name, and I am generally very prompt at getting back to people and always acknowledge the questions. But if you are anonymous I have no way of writing you back! So the best thing most likely to insure a reply is to click on the “email me” link on the right and it will allow you to email me directly with your question. Hope this clarifies things, as I am always more than happy to help/answer any questions.

Like blue? Me too, but I am sure that’s not a big revelation if you have been coming to my blog for any length of time! I love blues from the palest milkiest grayest blues to the darkest inkiest navy. There is not a bad blue in my book. I find this color to be incredible versatile, uplifting, moody in a good way, dramatic when you want it to be and above all else beautiful! There are few colors paired with blue that don’t look amazing, from all the neutrals all the way to rich browns. I know I will be using plenty of blue in my house as I start to decorate. So today is all about the many shades of blue that really light my fire. What is your opinion on blue? Like or love? Always love to know……

Love blue and cream, just so soothing
Love a little pop of navy in a white bathroom…..stunning! T.Keller Donovan
Rich navy is always a perfect choice against a white sofa, T.Keller Donovan
Nancy Corzine used a pale green blue in this pretty living room
This is a great little office with pops of blue, very cozy! Massucco, Warner Miller
How beautiful is this room in all its shades of blue against crisp white? Dreamy!?
Love blues in the outdoors, what a setting! Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Love this guest room with different shades of blues, with a pop of coral/rose on the footstools, Sucasa
This is one of my personal favorite shades of blue…..so fresh!
A soft powdery blue on a living room wall brings instant serenity to the space, Suzanne Kasler
With pops of white this predominantly blue room feels elegant, airy and crisp, Diamond Baratta
How pretty is this fabulous room? Love the palest blue chairs, Leta Austin Foster
This gorgeous dramatic room gets a punch of beautiful blue, Nancy Corzine
This beautiful and serene room feels so calming with all this blue, Arch Digest
In the outdoors its nothing less than refreshing and elegant
Really like this room, the beautiful sapphire blue velvet chairs and subtle placement of blue on the pillows ?and drapes is just gorgeous, Palm Design Group
I have always like navy with beige, such an elegant and timeless combination, Theodore and Co.
How about this rich blue chinoiserie for an elegant dining room? Sucasa Designs
Rich and royal…..love this setting, Thomas Burak
Love the crisp fresh feel here, the pop of the navies against the white is just stunning, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
One of my favorite colors blue, a pale gray blue
How about a vibrant royal blue paper in an otherwise light room? So pretty! Massucco, Warner Miller Designs
Navy is always a winner when paired with off white and rich wood, Lynn Morgan
One of my favorite shades, a pale gray blue, it is so soothing for a bedroom, House Beautiful
This blogland favorite is a stunning example of how stunning navy is in the bedroom, Mary McDonald
Love this cheery periwinkle blue bedroom, so uplifting! Lynn Morgan
Gorgeous dining room with subtle hints of pale pale blue, love the rug and of course the chinoiserie! Bear Hill Interiors
Love the elegant blue and white print here, Coastal Living
Traditional bedroom in soft blues against white, very serene and elegant
Gorgeous bedroom with a pale teal blue, Jan Showers
Love the blues against the creamy white walls in this fabulous dining room, Thomas Burak
Is there anything fresher than pale blue and crisp white, I don’t think so! Leta, Austin and Foster
And a little recap on “the blues”……………
All this blue, has me feeling so happy…… I love blue, in all its many shades. How about you? Do you have any blue in your home? Have a favorite room here? Love to know your thoughts! Also don’t forget about the exciting giveaway that Party Resources and I are doing from Peter Callahan. Click here to find out more. Wishing you have a wonderful day.

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I’ve got the blues….in all its many shades!

Good morning. I have a small request. I get a fair number of anonymous comments which is totally fine. However many of those ask me questions about specifics on a post, like the name of a paint color or an architects name, and I am generally very prompt at getting back to people and always acknowledge the questions. But if you are anonymous I have no way of writing you back! So the best thing most likely to insure a reply is to click on the “email me” link on the right and it will allow you to email me directly with your question. Hope this clarifies things, as I am always more than happy to help/answer any questions.

Like blue? Me too, but I am sure that’s not a big revelation if you have been coming to my blog for any length of time! I love blues from the palest milkiest grayest blues to the darkest inkiest navy. There is not a bad blue in my book. I find this color to be incredible versatile, uplifting, moody in a good way, dramatic when you want it to be and above all else beautiful! There are few colors paired with blue that don’t look amazing, from all the neutrals all the way to rich browns. I know I will be using plenty of blue in my house as I start to decorate. So today is all about the many shades of blue that really light my fire. What is your opinion on blue? Like or love? Always love to know……

Love blue and cream, just so soothing
Love a little pop of navy in a white bathroom…..stunning! T.Keller Donovan
Rich navy is always a perfect choice against a white sofa, T.Keller Donovan
Nancy Corzine used a pale green blue in this pretty living room
This is a great little office with pops of blue, very cozy! Massucco, Warner Miller
How beautiful is this room in all its shades of blue against crisp white? Dreamy! 
Love blues in the outdoors, what a setting! Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Love this guest room with different shades of blues, with a pop of coral/rose on the footstools, Sucasa
This is one of my personal favorite shades of blue…..so fresh!
A soft powdery blue on a living room wall brings instant serenity to the space, Suzanne Kasler
With pops of white this predominantly blue room feels elegant, airy and crisp, Diamond Baratta
How pretty is this fabulous room? Love the palest blue chairs, Leta Austin Foster
This gorgeous dramatic room gets a punch of beautiful blue, Nancy Corzine
This beautiful and serene room feels so calming with all this blue, Arch Digest
In the outdoors its nothing less than refreshing and elegant
Really like this room, the beautiful sapphire blue velvet chairs and subtle placement of blue on the pillows  and drapes is just gorgeous, Palm Design Group
I have always like navy with beige, such an elegant and timeless combination, Theodore and Co.
How about this rich blue chinoiserie for an elegant dining room? Sucasa Designs
Rich and royal…..love this setting, Thomas Burak
Love the crisp fresh feel here, the pop of the navies against the white is just stunning, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
One of my favorite colors blue, a pale gray blue
How about a vibrant royal blue paper in an otherwise light room? So pretty! Massucco, Warner Miller Designs
Navy is always a winner when paired with off white and rich wood, Lynn Morgan
One of my favorite shades, a pale gray blue, it is so soothing for a bedroom, House Beautiful
This blogland favorite is a stunning example of how stunning navy is in the bedroom, Mary McDonald
Love this cheery periwinkle blue bedroom, so uplifting! Lynn Morgan
Gorgeous dining room with subtle hints of pale pale blue, love the rug and of course the chinoiserie! Bear Hill Interiors
Love the elegant blue and white print here, Coastal Living
Traditional bedroom in soft blues against white, very serene and elegant
Gorgeous bedroom with a pale teal blue, Jan Showers
Love the blues against the creamy white walls in this fabulous dining room, Thomas Burak
Is there anything fresher than pale blue and crisp white, I don’t think so! Leta, Austin and Foster
And a little recap on “the blues”……………
All this blue, has me feeling so happy…… I love blue, in all its many shades. How about you? Do you have any blue in your home? Have a favorite room here? Love to know your thoughts! Also don’t forget about the exciting giveaway that Party Resources and I are doing from Peter Callahan. Click here to find out more. Wishing you have a wonderful day.

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Bench beautiful……..and a major giveaway!

Good morning! Things are moving fast and furious over at the house and I am going to go over today and take some pictures…will share with you tomorrow. I am also excited ?to announce a great giveaway tied into today’s post. ?Who doesn’t love a great bench! I mean this is kind of a staple don’t you think? At the foot of a bed, in a library or in a family room, out on a patio, maybe a small one in a bathroom or in a mud room, a bench is just one of those little must haves that is great to have around. Like an old comfortable shoe, its practical, it fits, and you need one (or two). Benches can be found in whole host of styles, a range of sizes and more colors and patterns than you can wrap your brain around.
?I love a great bench and I think virtually every manufacturer makes them and goodness knows they can easily be found in every price range, from the very very affordable to the extremely high end collectible pieces. There is no denying their versatility and with their relatively light weight they can easily be moved around, to make for ?impromptu extra seating when needed for last minute guests. Here is a look at the way benches are used in many different types and styles of rooms. I know when I move there will be benches found not only in a few of my bedrooms but in my family room and tucked beneath a console or two. Lets face it, a bench is a staple amongst a homes must have items….at least in my opinion. Just a practical little item. Do you have a favorite? ?
This leads me to my great giveaway!!?Safavieh?has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench…..that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen material…it is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)
Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things….1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit?Safavieh?at?www.safaviehhome.com?and then visit them at their?facebook?page by clicking?here?and tell them your favorite item…that’s it!! ?I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!!?

Moving onto my bench post………

?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Sleek white leather bench with silver legs, Decorpad
Ashley Goforth chose a small grey bench for this pretty bathroom
I like the idea of adding two smaller benches around a foyer table as was done here, Rinfret
A fun black and white bench was worked into this cozy seating nook in this kitchen, Garage workbench
Love a built in bench such as this one used as breakfast room seating, Decorpad
Twice as nice….a pair of pretty benches at the foot of a bed, Decorpad
A whimsical fun bench is added to a youngsters room…Decorpad
A bench can be most practical in a beautiful mudroom as shown here!
Kendall Wilkinson added an elegant French inspired bench to this elegant master suite
Love seeing a bench in a bathroom, two is even better! Timothy Whealon
A bench with assorted wicker baskets doubles as a practical storage solution! Decorpad
This sweet little bench is a great bench to have right next to the back door…..Country Living
Benches are just not for inside! Martensen Jones Interiors gives this patio an all white makeover
Scott Laslie design added a pretty tailored bench to this elegant transitional bedroom
A combination of benches being used as kitchen seating, fun!
Having an over sized bench in your bathroom is indeed a luxury, but then again this bath belongs to Ralph Lauren!
How about a fabulous high backed shaped bench like this one for drama? Rinfret
A cozy and sun filled space such as this one makes this bench seating a perfect choice
Love this elegant little bench that Phobe Howard tucked under this very elegant marble vanity
Phoebe Howard chose this gorgeous bench to add a little pizazz to this foyer
Something really cozy about a built in bench, like this one in this home by Robert Stern
A delicate bench was added to the foot of this luxurious master bed, Brett Design Inc
Pretty sided bench gets dressed up with trellis pillows, ?Studio ten 25
This charming little bathroom gets a zebra covered bench to add some zest! House and Home
Thomas Pheasant chose an elegant tufted gray bench for the foot of this masculine bedroom
Barclay Butera chose a gorgeous white tufted bench for the end of this pretty bed
A collection of benches to incorporate as kitchen seating is a neat idea too!
A delicate little silk covered bench with gold leaf is added to the side of this pretty bed, Decorpad
Suzanne Kasler thought outside the box by adding two pairs of benches to this farmhouse table in this kitchen and the result is fabulous!
Love a pretty feminine bench in a bathroom…..how decadent! M Elle
I like this built in bench in this kids playroom, practical, fun and doubles as storage!
A bench in a hallway is always a practical solution, Nathan Egan
Lucky little bench to be part of such an opulent bathroom! Photo by Andrea Trauttsmandorff
Shope Reno Wharton chose a pair of pretty benches in ivory to pair with the comfy chairs in this sumptuous master suite
Love the luxury of having a bench in a dressing room, S.R.Gambrel
An elegant bench doubles as storage for books and magazine in this beautiful bedroom, Veranda
Thornton Designs chose to put this bench at the foot of the main stair hall, love this look!
Love seeing the bench as wide as the bed….beautiful!
Gwen Driscoll chose a modern bench for this rustic foyer…I love the mix!
A bench that doubles as storage for extra blankets and pillows, Elle Decor
How luxurious….a bench in your boutique like closet! Traditional Home
Nancy Boszhardt used a narrow bench for the end of this very elegant and refined bedroom
Samantha Pynn designed this great functional and beautiful storage bench
A beach bedroom gets a wicker bench to keep the natural feeling of the bedroom, Coastal Living
Suzanne Kasler chose a pony covered bench for this living room setting to use as a coffee table
A storage bench that looks great too! Coastal Living
A leopard bench is quite luxurious! Suzanne Lovell
Love the slightly modern benches Elizabeth Dinkel chose for this traditional guest room! Great looking!
This is a neat idea, a low bench topped with colorful luxurious pillows on one end of a dining table to mix up the seating! CHM
Do you have a favorite? Is there a special way or place you like to use a bench? Any tips or creative ways you would like to share? Do tell!?Hope you have an enchanted day!!

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Bench beautiful……..and a major giveaway!

Good morning! Things are moving fast and furious over at the house and I am going to go over today and take some pictures…will share with you tomorrow. I am also excited  to announce a great giveaway tied into today’s post.  Who doesn’t love a great bench! I mean this is kind of a staple don’t you think? At the foot of a bed, in a library or in a family room, out on a patio, maybe a small one in a bathroom or in a mud room, a bench is just one of those little must haves that is great to have around. Like an old comfortable shoe, its practical, it fits, and you need one (or two). Benches can be found in whole host of styles, a range of sizes and more colors and patterns than you can wrap your brain around.
 I love a great bench and I think virtually every manufacturer makes them and goodness knows they can easily be found in every price range, from the very very affordable to the extremely high end collectible pieces. There is no denying their versatility and with their relatively light weight they can easily be moved around, to make for  impromptu extra seating when needed for last minute guests. Here is a look at the way benches are used in many different types and styles of rooms. I know when I move there will be benches found not only in a few of my bedrooms but in my family room and tucked beneath a console or two. Lets face it, a bench is a staple amongst a homes must have items….at least in my opinion. Just a practical little item. Do you have a favorite?  
This leads me to my great giveaway!! Safavieh has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench…..that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen material…it is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)
Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things….1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit Safavieh at www.safaviehhome.com and then visit them at their facebook page by clicking here and tell them your favorite item…that’s it!!  I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!! 

Moving onto my bench post………

                                   Sleek white leather bench with silver legs, Decorpad
Ashley Goforth chose a small grey bench for this pretty bathroom
I like the idea of adding two smaller benches around a foyer table as was done here, Rinfret
A fun black and white bench was worked into this cozy seating nook in this kitchen, Garage workbench
Love a built in bench such as this one used as breakfast room seating, Decorpad
Twice as nice….a pair of pretty benches at the foot of a bed, Decorpad
A whimsical fun bench is added to a youngsters room…Decorpad
A bench can be most practical in a beautiful mudroom as shown here!
Kendall Wilkinson added an elegant French inspired bench to this elegant master suite
Love seeing a bench in a bathroom, two is even better! Timothy Whealon
A bench with assorted wicker baskets doubles as a practical storage solution! Decorpad
This sweet little bench is a great bench to have right next to the back door…..Country Living
Benches are just not for inside! Martensen Jones Interiors gives this patio an all white makeover
Scott Laslie design added a pretty tailored bench to this elegant transitional bedroom
A combination of benches being used as kitchen seating, fun!
Having an over sized bench in your bathroom is indeed a luxury, but then again this bath belongs to Ralph Lauren!
How about a fabulous high backed shaped bench like this one for drama? Rinfret
A cozy and sun filled space such as this one makes this bench seating a perfect choice
Love this elegant little bench that Phobe Howard tucked under this very elegant marble vanity
Phoebe Howard chose this gorgeous bench to add a little pizazz to this foyer
Something really cozy about a built in bench, like this one in this home by Robert Stern
A delicate bench was added to the foot of this luxurious master bed, Brett Design Inc
Pretty sided bench gets dressed up with trellis pillows,  Studio ten 25
This charming little bathroom gets a zebra covered bench to add some zest! House and Home
Thomas Pheasant chose an elegant tufted gray bench for the foot of this masculine bedroom
Barclay Butera chose a gorgeous white tufted bench for the end of this pretty bed
A collection of benches to incorporate as kitchen seating is a neat idea too!
A delicate little silk covered bench with gold leaf is added to the side of this pretty bed, Decorpad
Suzanne Kasler thought outside the box by adding two pairs of benches to this farmhouse table in this kitchen and the result is fabulous!
Love a pretty feminine bench in a bathroom…..how decadent! M Elle
I like this built in bench in this kids playroom, practical, fun and doubles as storage!
A bench in a hallway is always a practical solution, Nathan Egan
Lucky little bench to be part of such an opulent bathroom! Photo by Andrea Trauttsmandorff
Shope Reno Wharton chose a pair of pretty benches in ivory to pair with the comfy chairs in this sumptuous master suite
Love the luxury of having a bench in a dressing room, S.R.Gambrel
An elegant bench doubles as storage for books and magazine in this beautiful bedroom, Veranda
Thornton Designs chose to put this bench at the foot of the main stair hall, love this look!
Love seeing the bench as wide as the bed….beautiful!
Gwen Driscoll chose a modern bench for this rustic foyer…I love the mix!
A bench that doubles as storage for extra blankets and pillows, Elle Decor
How luxurious….a bench in your boutique like closet! Traditional Home
Nancy Boszhardt used a narrow bench for the end of this very elegant and refined bedroom
Samantha Pynn designed this great functional and beautiful storage bench
A beach bedroom gets a wicker bench to keep the natural feeling of the bedroom, Coastal Living
Suzanne Kasler chose a pony covered bench for this living room setting to use as a coffee table
A storage bench that looks great too! Coastal Living
A leopard bench is quite luxurious! Suzanne Lovell
Love the slightly modern benches Elizabeth Dinkel chose for this traditional guest room! Great looking!
This is a neat idea, a low bench topped with colorful luxurious pillows on one end of a dining table to mix up the seating! CHM
Do you have a favorite? Is there a special way or place you like to use a bench? Any tips or creative ways you would like to share? Do tell! Hope you have an enchanted day!!

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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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