The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own

One of the things I noticed when we were packing and again as we’ve been unpacking is that I have an overload of decorative accessories.  One reason for my ‘collection’ is a result of my profession as a designer and the other I blame on my need to change-up my decor on a regular basis.

As I’ve been unpacking, I’m trying to focus on keeping only those items that can be used in more than one area of my house and are the most versatile.  Taking the time to analyze each accessory got me thinking about which decor pieces I consider essential when it comes to decorating.   I’ve narrowed down the list to 5 items that I think are worth their weight in gold and wanted to share the list with you.

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The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

Decorative Boxes are not only pretty to look at but they are one of the most functional decor pieces you can own.  They can be used for storage, to contain clutter or simply as a decorative element on a tabletop or bookshelf.  One of my favorite uses for a decorative box is on a coffee table as part for a grouping of accessories. And you’ll always find a decorative box as part of my bedroom decor on my nightstand.

Drive By Decor



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 Ginger Jars were originally used to hold spices when they were being transported across Asia.  Today ginger jars are one of the most popular and trendy decor pieces around.  Because ginger jars are available in hundreds of different designs, colors and shapes, you can easily find a style that will work with your decor.  I’m partial to blue and white designs but love the impact that colorful ginger jars add to a room.  My favorite place to accessorize with large jars is on top of a bookcase or armoire, or next to a fireplace.  And I love using small jars on bookshelves or kitchen counters.

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I didn’t realize how many Glass Hurricanes I owned until I started packing for our move.  I own clear glass hurricanes in a variety of sizes and recently added a pair to tortoise hurricanes to my stash.  I’m always burning candles in my home so I use small hurricanes throughout the year to hold candles so the flame is contained (learned that trick from Anthropologie).  And during the holidays, I love using large hurricanes to hold ornaments or other holiday decor.  And a hurricane makes a great vase for flowers or greenery stems.

Crate and Barrel


Country Living


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I think the next item on my list is a pretty obvious one. A Decorative Tray is an essential decor piece and one that I think belongs in every home.  Like ginger jars, trays come in all shapes, sizes and colors which makes decorating with them easy.  On a nightstand, a tray can be used to hold jewelry and bedtime essentials.  And on a coffee table, a tray adds a layer of style for holding smaller objects like candles, decorative objects or books.

Decor Pad


The Everygirl


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I must admit that I have a bit of an obsession with Decorative Bowls.  Silver bowls, chinoiserie themed ceramic bowls and rustic bowls are my favorites for decorating.  If you’re looking for an impact statement on your coffee or console table, a large bowl filled with decorative spheres or flowers is nice.  And small bowls are a stylish way to hold matchboxes or trinkets on a tabletop.


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The details are not the details, they make the design!

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When it comes to decorative accessories, not all decor pieces are created equal.  There are some accessories that are classic, timeless and stand the test of time against design trends. 

So what do you think of my list of essential decorative accessories?  Is there an item or two that you’d add?

p.s.  if I were to add another item, it would be books!

Summer Bedroom Refresh–Chinoiserie Inspired

I’ve been thinking about giving our bedroom a refresh for a while now and I think I’m going to pull the trigger.

This is the current look of the bedroom–a mix of wood, black & white accents and pops of color.

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ConfettiStyle Spring Bedroom Refresh6

My love affair with blue and white has me thinking of a look that incorporate navy, black, white and pops of color.

Here’s the Chinoiserie Inspired inspiration board I came up with…

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Since the black armoire and chair will be staying, I need to find a duvet cover that can tie the navy and black together.  About a month ago I spotted a Ralph Lauren set at HomeGoods but decided to pass on it.  Now I can’t get it out of my mind.  I’ve been searching for it again but so far I have only found  it in a king size and we need a queen.  The pattern is called Tamarind and I did find it on Amazon (more expensive) so if I don’t have any luck at HomeGoods I have another option.

When it comes the accessories, I’m planning to change the black drapes to a dark navy and I’m  looking at this pink pillow…

Pink Pillow

and some chinoiserie inspired artwork from Etsy.

Pagoda Print

Floral Print

And of course I’ll incorporate some blue and white ceramic pieces into the mix.

Blue and Whtie Ginger Jars

As always things may change before it’s all said and down but I’m excited to create a fresh new look for our space.

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Vintage Finds From Everything But The House

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Last Friday I told you about Everything But The House (EBTH), a revolutionary way to shop for vintage and antique items online.  After getting to know how the auction system works and how easy it is to place bids on EBTH, I decided to give it a try.

Everything But The House

One of the first things I purchased was this bamboo and wicker end table.  The table is manufactured by Emerald Craft Inc., was in really good shape and has classic bamboo furniture details.

The only thing I didn’t like about the piece was the color but I knew a couple of coats of spray paint would give the table a new personality.

Emerald Craft Bamboo

image via EBTH

So here’s the new look after a couple of coats of gloss black spray paint.


I’m so happy with the piece and how it looks now.  The size of the table is ideal for a corner or nook and works great as a spot to drop keys near the door.  I also like the three shelf surfaces which provide lots of decorating options.

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A smaller brass tray {thrifted} fit perfectly on the middle shelf and works great for extra storage.  And of course you know I love the combination of black and brass.

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I placed a stack of books on the lower shelf along with a blue and white ginger jar.  This beautiful Asian ginger jar is another piece I scored from EBTH.

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{glass zebra tray from Michaels, brass bowl was thrifted}

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New sales start everyday on EBTH so have fun bidding and I let me know if you win something awesome.


Product + Inspiration: Blue and White Ginger Jars

Ginger Jars---William Sonoma Home

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Good design is timeless and a perfect example of that is the blue and white ginger jars.  Ginger jars are identified by their high-shoulders, rounded shapes, small mouths, and domed lids that often continue the piece’s exterior decoration all the way up to the finial. Ginger jars were initially used to store and transport spices, hence their name, but since the 19th century they have been used chiefly as decorative objects.

Although the patterns, styles and colors available in ginger jars is limitless, the classic blue and white ginger jar has become the most mainstream of the styles.  These days you can find ginger jars at flea markets, thrift shops and even big box discount stores like Ross.  This beautiful blue and white lidded temple jar is just one of several styles available from William Sonoma Home.

Porcelain Blue and White Ginger Jar

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Trend Spotting at the Atlanta Gift & Furniture Show

In addition to attending the Haven conference last week, I also squeezed in a couple of days at the Atlanta Gift & Furniture show.  The Atlanta show is one of the largest industry trade shows where the focus in home decor, furnishings and gift items.  If you’ve read any of my previous post on the show you know that there are three massive buildings with hundreds and hundreds and showrooms featuring the latest and greatest design and product trends for home and gifts.

I always attend the shows looking for new resources to use in my design business but also as a way to stay on top of the newest design, color and styling trends in home decor.  While I won’t say that I say any totally new trends at this market, I did see lots of trends that have been building over the last couple of years becoming even stronger.  Want to know what’s hot,  check out the trends I spotted (s0rry in advance for the not so stellar iPhone photos)…

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