It's been a long time since I've had spaces, places or reasons to accessorize. In fact, when we moved almost one year ago, I simplified and got rid of almost all of the stuff we had accumulated in our 10 years of marriage. Apparently a lot of folks want to simplify too - my tips to simplify post has had 52,000 views in the past year alone!
It feels SO good to minimize your belongings people. Looking at the same stuff year in and year out gets BO-RING. Extra stuff makes you feel, well, STUFFY.
When we moved, I vowed to take my time bringing things into our house. LAYERING, it's called. Before something finds a home here, it needs to meet one of the following criteria:
1) It needs to be functional, yet beautiful.
2) It needs to be meaningful.
3) I leave the store and can't stop thinking about it. And since I don't "shop" often, this is usually something REALLY special.
While I was picking up the VITTSJO shelves at IKEA last month, I saw and loved these white Kardemumma plant pots in different patterns and sizes. But since I was man-handling those 60 lb. boxes, I didn't have arm space for more than what I planned to use in the bathroom.
And while at Trader Joe's the other day, I picked up a couple spring plants with boring green pots to help me mentally through a couple April snowfalls. Thinking of those pots, I later returned to IKEA to pick up more of those pots to put them in. I love the white against the fiery orange lilies! And I can reuse them with other flowers or even to holster pencils and markers in the future.
This fushia cyclamen pops in the afternoon sunlight near the kitchen sink.
Also from IKEA - a last chance item - are these Kassett magazine holders in this pretty mint color. I like little silver details and pulls much better than the dollar spot orange ones I picked up at Target. Especially at $4.99 for a set of 2!
Another inexpensive multipurpose accessory favorite of mine are these different sized Anchor Glass Jars from Target. The smaller ones are perfect for coffee pods in the coffee nook.
It's been a long time since I've had enough counter space to have large canisters to hold sugar, chocolate chips, and flour! It's nice to be able to access them quickly versus pulling items from the cabinets one by one.
And they look pretty too. If only there was a way to keep the kids from eating all the chocolate though.
I found these large Threshold Artisan Glass Jug Lamp Bases on clearance at Target in February for only $11.98 each! They are a better height for the living room, so I swapped out the sliver bases which I will later put into the boys bedroom.
You gotta love those online return price cuts!
Tell me your favorite go-to accessories!