As you swap over your closet from winter to spring and summer, fresh accessories can make a big difference in making old clothes feel new again! So I selected some fave accessories for all different types of locations– if you are at the beach, in town or in the country! I plan on spending time in all three, so perhaps I have some serious shopping to do!
Am I the last person on earth to know about Martha Stewarts hardware collection at Home Depot? I got wind of it last week and was FLOORED by how good it is… and cheap! At $4 a knob, you can afford to give your kitchen or bath vanity a fun little makeover! I am so happy she offered an antique brass and polished nickel– the two finishes we use almost exclusively! I paired my favorite selections up below:
And also, randomly I came across this chair on Walmart of all places, and was in SHOCK. I had just quoted a chair almost identical to this from Mr. Brown for over $1,200 (right) and the Walmart version (left) is $394– and also comes in black. CRAZY good find. I am obsessed with this chair for a desk or dining.
Mirrors are one of my favorite accessories. They brighten up a space, add interest and texture in unexpected places and dimension to walls when you don’t want to use artwork. A good mirror isn’t hard to find, but I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you in case you needed a little nudge in the right direction.
A few tips:
Always check and make sure the mirror can hang in the direction you want it to– not all mirrors can be hung vertically or horizontally. Some are made to only hang one way.
Round mirrors add a lot of nice soft movement to rooms with lots of angles.
If you need a very narrow mirror for a powder room or other small space look for vintage ones on Etsy,Chairish, 1stDibs or similar. There aren’t a lot of small mirrors made these days!
For really tricky sizes and dimensions, go custom. Any frame shop can make you a mirror with a framing moulding of your choice! Or we like to make grasscloth wrapped mirrors from here which add texture.
Consider mirrors when light is an issue- when we had to close up one of the two mirrors in our dining area for our addition I placed three rectangular bistro frame style mirrors in it’s place to trick they eye and bounce light. It worked wonders.
When you notice that every catalog and magazine and every other Pinterest pin has a specific trend shown over and over it’s probably time that trend rode off into the sunset. Here are some of the looks I think need to be retired, and what you may try replacing them with.
OVER IT: BANANA/ PALM PRINTS
Done SOOOOO much and often badly, it’s time to find a new organic, botanical print to work with. ALL ABOUT IT: VINTAGE FLORALS
Vintage inspired florals are BACK. Try mixing them with modern accents and graphic patterns for an “of the moment” look.
I have been really excited by all the more accessible alternatives to 1st Dibs that have popped up online these days. Especially those that not only offer vintage and antique goods but also showroom floor samples as well. It’s a BRILLIANT was to score designer goods in awesome condition for a fraction of the price. All three of these sources have been go-to’s for us in my office and I wanted to share them in case you guys weren’t aware of the killer wares you can score with a little digging!
Viyet is the most high end, specializing in showroom samples but also selling some vintage goods as well. The selection is amazing, and if you are lusting after a specific designer item I would check here before splurging to see if they have a sample that is for sale for much less than brand new.