Adding Elegance to your Home
If you are interested in adding elegance to your home, this post is for you. I also have a new source for you, well it’s new, but not new.
Firstly, let’s cover some ways you can add elegance to your home. The first word that came to my mind is RESTRAINT. When I’m designing or decorating a room, I love to add layers and layers of details, but at the same time, I use a lot of restraint. In fact, I focus as much on what is not going in the room, as I do on what is going in the room. There are many, many things I won’t use in a room if I want it to be elegant. I have things that are cute but not really elegant. I don’t add those things. One way I use restraint is in the fabrics I use. I love busy fabrics with loads of color, but when I select a patterned fabric, I tend to choose fabrics with just two colors. Note the patterns you see below only have a few colors in each one.
I do a lot of research on old world design. I’ve spent time in Europe, and have toured places like Biltmore in Asheville, NC. These homes are full of details that are OLD WORLD. If you don’t have time to travel to Europe, no worries! Try picking up a magazine like Veranda. And be sure to check out Pinterest. You’ll find an amazing wealth of information. I love these oversized sconces shown below. They add lots of elegance to a very casual room. Not everything in the room is high end, but it all works together.
Pay attention to details. Add one amazing thing rather than 3 so-so things. These are things that typically cost more, but are the things you love and keep long-term. The things you bought as ‘filler’ you typically get rid of as soon as you can. These are the things you bought that were on sale, that you never really liked that much. Or they were super trendy and everyone was buying them, and now they are out of style. I could have used a stack of books to elevate the dough bowl below and that would have worked rather well. Instead I found this amazing pedestal. The pedestal adds amazing details to the space. But note that the colors are not wild. Nothing on the table below screams at you. It’s all calm and restrained, but there is an elegance there. I would call it a quiet elegance. And yes some of these things, the painting and the statue are old world details that are European antiques.
Okay now for the source I promised you. These items are all in one place. Many have free shipping for Prime members.
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You won’t want to miss today’s podcast episode! It’s all about adding elegance to your home.
PODCAST EPISODE 121 ADDING ELEGANCE TO YOUR HOME
Marsha in the Texas Hill Country says
Thank you for sharing your Amazon link. An easy way to add French style when we can’t get to a vintage/antique shop.
I agree Marsha. I love shopping local, but it’s nice to have an online option as well. You just can’t usually find everything you want locally.
Thank you for this interesting and informative post! I have looked at several items in your sources. God bless! (Have to agree about your comment on violence in movies–enough in real life without seeing a movie….)
Beverly Rowntree says
I always look forward to your posts. If you want to see a good movie, try Same Kind of Different as Me. Take a big box of Kleenex.
Thanks for the tip Beverly! We’ll try it.
Nancy Walden says
I hope I’ve finally learned my lesson about buying “fillers”! Leaving a tabletop/mantel empty is better than buying something that doesn’t fit your overall style. A beautiful bargain isn’t really a “bargain” if you only use it till you find that perfect piece. I like your Amazon page–lots of temptation!
Norma Rolader says
Wow!!! Thank you for sharing … beautiful
Darcy Schroeder says
I love shopping Amazon!! So great you have your own page there! I’m heading there now!!
Rita C at Panoply says
This is an excellent display of items curated! What a great idea of putting them all in one place for readers to choose from. Being a vintage and antiques dealer, I find this particularly attractive. As a homeowner, it’s also very helpful having them all in one place for ease of shopping. Thank you!
Happy Holiday season!