The Art of Accessories


Simon & I on the day I graduated from OU

Simon & I on the day I graduated from OU



For a long time, I have been a firm believer in the benefit of accessories, whether it be in home or fashion. A great pair of shoes or a fun handbag can turn an otherwise boring or plain outfit into something truly special. The same principle works in the home, too. 

Lately, I’ve been talking with my mom and my sister-in-law, individually, about finding accessories for their home. I really believe this is the hardest thing to do for someone else. It’s one thing to have an artfully arranged room, but what about when it’s filled with things that are truly meaningful to the homeowner? Things that are found on a trip or from a beloved family member aren’t something that you can just pick out for someone else. The trick is to find things that you not only want to look at every day, but also artfully add to your home. Easier said than done, non?

I found this post at StyleCourt on Vogue’s Book of Etiquette from 1969 and I absolutely love it. The blogger writes,

“According to the book, “Personal warmth is the most appealing element in any room and nothing — elegance, drama, enormous expenditure — can take its place…it is the sum total of many things, all of which indicate that people really live in a room, and do not merely pass through it.”

Vogue stresses the presence of truly meaningful objects over a contrived arrangement. “

Check out the rest of the post here. It’s really worth a read, and is good food for thought.