If November and December bring the holidays, January brings the inevitable taking down all the holiday decorations. This might leave some holes in your décor. Before putting your old accessories back in place, take a moment to consider the impact accessories can have on freshening your spaces for the new year. Follow along for some of our best tips, gleaned from a video shoot styling project last summer for Integro Builders.
Styling Project Details:
This Lincoln Park high rise condo was beautifully remodeled by Integro Builders a few years ago. The scope of this project included combining two separate condo units into one single unit, capturing 360-degree views of the city and lake. The interiors of both units were gut rehabbed to create a contemporary, modern aesthetic including wide-plank hardwood flooring, custom millwork and stone, a commercial-grade kitchen, contemporary lighting, luxury bathrooms, and a smart-home system for audio-visual and lighting controls. When it came time to shoot a video showing off this gorgeous home, Allyson Case Anderson, Founder and CEO of Integro, teamed with Bellehaven Designs to style the rooms and create a warm, lived-in feel while remaining true to the clean and modern aesthetic of the property.)
Let’s go room by room.
First up, the Dining Room:
But accessorizing took it to the next level. Coordinating, but not perfectly matched, rustic glass vessels were used with a simple hydrangea arranged in each one. To keep it more modern, we only filled the vases about one-third full of water.
And the bold abstract art pieces, sourced from fine artist Maureen Claffy, brought life and color into the space.
Next, the kitchen:
We found an antique breadboard with beautiful patina from Scentimental Gardens in Geneva , Illinois. Adding a pedestal bowl of green apples brought in subtle color.
Shown above, is a closeup of a few whimsical accessories we added to layer a story of family gatherings in this space. The three-legged glass bowl was a modern find at 610 Home in Geneva, IL. It sits on a hybrid marble/wood cutting board, sourced from West Elm.
Texture and warm color added to the Bedroom:
We decided to accentuate the jewel tones of the emerald green velvet bench (see before below).
Blue and emerald Euro pillows, a rabbit fur bolster pillow and a tobacco-colored linen quilt added color and depth. And the Maureen Claffy painting (fittingly entitled “Night”) above the bed pulls it all together.
A beautiful bathroom built-in now lives up to its potential:
We found inexpensive glassware at Target and HomeGoods and filled them with bathroom necessities. A silk linear succulent and a wicker basket add texture and warmth to this vignette.
Also in the bathroom, on the long vanity, we broke up the space between the two sinks with a white lacquer tray displaying a candle and a glass cookie jar from Target filled with large soap bars and a shower scrunchie.
The most complicated – but also most fun item to accessorize:
The Bookcase in the Den
Because the main point of a bookcase is function – it holds your book and music libraries, along with special photos and other treasures, it can quickly become chaotic looking without a clear plan.
We used a diagonal strategy with the homeowner’s large music collection, breaking these shelves up with little accessories – a marble bust we named “Vito” and a marble based brass laurel leaf sculpture.
The main thing to remember with a larger piece like this bookcase is to have a plan and strategically mix full shelves – like the upper one pictured above, with less populated shelves, to add negative space and give the eye a place to rest.