In An Accessory Rut?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Are you in an accessory rut? Take this little quiz to find out:

The accessories on your fireplace mantel:
A) Change almost monthly
B) Change once each season
C) Um, they’ve pretty much been the same for the last year
D) What’s the problem? I got it the way I liked it in 1987 and I’m sticking with it!


I’m guilty of at least “C”. What about you? Now, I don’t think it’s realistic for most people to be constantly changing up their accessories (a girl's gotta do the laundry sometime), but taking a step back and shaking things up every once in a while can be a very good thing.

For instance, this is how my piano has looked since…um…January 1 (cute little me as a newby blogger wrote about it in this post).


(WOWZA - That's a horrible picture...proof that you should NEVER take photos at night!)

The decor's been okay, it’s been fine, but it’s a little boring and I’m kind of tired of looking at it. So it occurred to me one day, “Wait a minute...I don’t have to be tired of looking at that…I can just change it!”. Yep…alert Oprah…I had a light bulb moment.

So I removed all of the accessories so I could start with a blank slate. I pulled a bunch of "stuff" out of my secret accessory closet (you know you have one too), and then added little by little.

With a little trial…and a little error...I created a new look that I like, simply by re-using "stuff" I had around the house.

What little nook have you been neglecting?

P.S. My walls aren't really that yellow...I blame it on zero sunlight today...and I have no excuse for the "before" picture...except for newby blogger naivete.

15 Suburbanites Said:

The White Farmhouse said...

I had one. I have no linen closet in the only very small bath. The top shelf is so high you can't put anything there. Whatever went up there were once in a blue moon I use things. I got a bug up my butt and decided I didn't need it for storage. So I did my first vignette up there. I love it!

Love your new piano look. Really like the little frame tied up with a bow!

Paula Kathlyn said...

I am guilty of "C" as well!!! Great post!

Chloe & Co. said...

LOVE it! Change is good!

Struggler said...

I did recently tweak my mantelpiece, which is unusual for me as often things do stay static (and gather dust!) for a number of years. I definitely need to create a magical go-to accessories closet!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Like you I love to change around the things on the mantle, I always love to look at something different. love your look and colors...

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I choose "C." I need to do some rearranging!!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I tweak mine with the seasons but sometimes the tweaking doesn't quite work. It's continually a work in progress around here. As for your pics, I even think your before looks okay :). I have a TERRIBLE camera and a north-facing home so all of my pictures are awful. It's sad but I take joy in seeing less-than-perfect pics elsewhere. Your mantle is fab and I'm especially loving the cup in the little chair! I have a little chair on my mantle currently holding a raven. Love it.

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

If anything sits in my much rearranged house for long, it would have to be nailed down so I couldn't move it! I love what you've done. Don't you just love to "shop" the house? What fun and cheap to boot!
Brenda

countrymans said...

Brilliant I say.. just brilliant.

Meghan Hein said...

I think your BEFORE picture would be a major upgrade for me. ;) I just love your sense of style. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm staring at my mantle and it's screaming for some creativity.

sarah said...

ooh dear I think I change mine too much!

great post

Porch Days said...

Isn't it fun to rearrange your treasures? And a change is a nice lift for your spirits. Nice arrangement on the piano top.

Stacey said...

This post is a little nudge for me. I started playing with a couple of vignettes the other day...stealing from one place or another. Now I have two important spots that are completely empty. I just don't even notice for a day or two some times and then other times it's a complete obsession. :)

Sharon said...

I'm a C. I might add a witch at Halloween, but really the two looks I have are Christmas and 'rest of year'. I love your changes, especially the textury frame/wreath.

Jilly said...

Your change around the things on the mantle is excellent, Colors selection is marvelous. I always look at something different in blog, I got here.
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