When I fluff and primp my house, I tend to focus on the small and simple decorating details that can really enhance the mood of a room with little effort. For the most part, the walls and flooring in my house are neutral so that I can add a variety of colors throughout the year, depending on the season. Having said that, I tend to lean toward blues and greens although I just adore the color pink.
Rather than hang this blue vintage mirror on the wall, I propped it on the table and placed a simple flower arrangement in front. The mirror reflects the flowers doubling the impact of color. The decoupaged table holds vintage books below.
I purposely didn’t apply much thought to the flower arrangement, opting instead to let them take on a haphazard look. After all, that’s what they look like in nature … sort of tossed together out in the garden.
Next to the pencils is a garage sale basket painted white, inside and out. A little clay tag hangs from the handle and vintage books are placed inside for future reading. Pencils and books are the perfect decorating details to take residence on top my decoupaged desk.
On the other end of the desk, I’ve added another simple vignette consisting of a small flower arrangement, vintage letters tucked in a rusty spring, and a blue tabletop clock.
I spied this clock at Home Goods and almost didn’t get it because I really didn’t need it. But the color matched some of the scrapbook paper I used to decoupage the top of my desk, so after looking at the clock for what seemed like hours, it came home with me. I used a vintage bottle for the small flower arrangement and added a ribbon of crocheted lace for added interest.
Tip: When grouping small bunches of flowers, an odd number of flowers looks best.
Just for fun, I added a spray of Purple Sage from my garden to the top of the desk chair, tying it in place with a lace bow. One of my favorite approaches to decorating details is to add something fun and unexpected.
Continuing with the blue jar theme, a bouquet of Queen Anne’s Lace takes center stage in the dining room. I clipped these flowers from a nearby field, so no expense was involved and I think they’re prettier than a store-bought bouquet. In my opinion, inexpensive and simple decorating details are the best!
An easy way to get more mileage with decorating details is to move objects around the house. I collect white ironstone and love moving the pieces from room to room, pairing them with other objects to keep my home looking interesting and fresh throughout the year. Here, I’ve added an old milk glass bottle and a few eggs from my Easter decor inside. To add another decorating detail, I hung a string of 3-D paper hearts from the shelf above.
It’s the small and simple decorating details in a room that can really pack a visual punch. Look at objects in your home in a new way and give them longer shelf life by grouping them with something new, or filling them with other objects you have on hand. To give this Queen Anne’s Lace flower arrangement a bit of added interest, I tucked in a few spikey wildflowers. Be creative and you might just surprise yourself at what you can do with the decorating details in your home.
If you’d like some decorating inspiration for your kitchen, be sure to check back on August 22-23 for a Kitchen Details tour. Several bloggers (myself included) are providing a tour of kitchen details. You’re sure to find some inspiration!