May 30, 2011

Back to the Basics

I am a horrible accessorizer.  There.  I said it.  A typical outfit for me is jeans and a plain shirt and too-comfortable-to-look-good shoes.  My accessories stop at my wedding rings and my stud earrings.  So it is no surprise that my house is dressed rather plainly as well.  The main pieces in our home – the couch, the dining room table, the side chairs – are all simple and classic.  And just like with my personal style, I find it entirely overwhelming to add a print or any glam or even an accessory past the typical white vase with flowers.

Recently, I had an epiphany in the form of this fun purse from Vera Bradley.

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I’ve always liked the Vera Bradley collections and I see women with them all the time and think to myself that I could never pull off something so unique and patterned because I just don’t wear patterns.  Except that is the very reason why I CAN successfully integrate a Vera Bradley bag into my accessory repertoire.  Since everything I wear is a solid color, adding a fun Vera Bradley print in the form of a bag has completely elevated the fun level of my daily ensembles.

Which got me thinking that if all I needed to do to elevate my personal style was add a print; perhaps that’s all I need to do in my living room to elevate the style in there. (I’m quick, I tell you).

Just check out these beautiful chairs.  It’s been a trend for a while to paint and upholster traditional chairs in non traditional colors and fabrics.  But now I truly understand how to use something this bold and colorful in any room.

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And look at the structure of the rooms below.  The items that make up the base of the rooms are all long lasting, traditionally designed pieces.  It’s the accessories, like that amazing chevron rug (below) and those gorgeous pillows (both) that take the rooms to the next level.

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I know that what I have pointed out here to some people might be considered Design 101; but sometimes we need study the basics in order to regain the confidence to elevate our spaces.

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