Tips & Tricks | Accessorizing and Finishing Touches

The finishing touches to each room are the little layers---the accessories and throw pillows.  The styling.  So many design magazines and images on Pinterest make these details look effortless.  But the truth is, there's a lot of effort that goes into making things look effortless.  Every designer has their go-to tricks; the things they do at every install and for every accessory call.  And each designer puts their own spin on it which is what makes the art of design so cool--each room is different and unique in it's own way.

Today we're talking about some of our go-to tricks to add finishing details.  The things we like to do to make a room look finished & effortless.  Maybe you can take these tips and put your own spin on them to make your home it's own special piece of art.

Greenery.  We also incorporate some sort of greenery into a room.  It can be a small little grass or our signature plant, an orchid (a real-looking fake one, of course).  For height in rooms that need it, a tall tree--either the fig tree or some sort of elephant ear palm is what we're currently loving (but that trend will shift eventually).  Greenery adds color and life and a little bit of an organic feel which can quickly freshen a room.

A large bowl.  This is one of our favorite go-to's because a large bowl can work almost anywhere.  Not to mention the fact that there are so many different sizes of large bowls so you've got options based on the size of the furniture it's going on.  We like for a tabletop area to look finished but not cluttered and the large bowl seems to work really well for accomplishing that.  It can be a dining table centerpiece, a console table topper, even something for the kitchen island.  We mean it when we say--don't underestimate the impact one large accessory instead of multiple small ones.  Something like that immediately becomes sculptural instead of just filler.

The pillow chop.  Yes, this is a real thing.  I had someone ask me once if chopping pillows was really something I did in my job.  The answer is yes.  And there are a few different reasons for this.  The first reason is something you don't always see and that's the fluff that happens before the chop.  We almost always use down pillows because they can be made to look very full and fluffy with just a few pats.  So that's the first step.  Punch, pat, and squeeze that pillow to get those feathers full and filled and THEN chop the top.  Chopping the top to create those little pillow ears is really just the last step to adding fullness.  Once that's done, Stack and layer.  A flat pillow looks unfinished and uninviting.  A full, perfectly fluffed and chopped pillow is exactly the accessory that sofa or chair needs.

A good ole' blanket.  There's something comfortable and inviting about a soft blanket gently draped over a chair.  It can be the pop of color in the room or maybe just a little added texture.  But either way, it adds movement.  We want the homes we design to have an inviting feel.  Not the look-but-don't-touch space, but rather the one that says I'm stylish and friendly!  A blanket adds that lived-in touch but when it's done right, it also adds some style.  So think twice before you leave that ratty old blanket out.  Consider upgrading to something that can have a dual function--style and comfort.