|Foyer in home of Bernd Goeckler|
Alrighty, so where did we leave off?.... Ahh, accessories!
So, we need to gather some interesting accessories for the console table. First, I would find a nice little piece of framed artwork to just lean against the wall.
|Framed Architectural Column Print in "Corinthian" by Pottery Barn|
I love the architectural element of this print and the washed-out color of the frame. Adding subtle texture and color to a vignette is always a good idea (especially for only $47)!
Next, we need a pretty (but large) glass vase for the table.
I found this blown-glass version at Home Goods for only $20 (and it is almost a foot tall)! I like the pale amber color and irregular shape. (Again, adding another texture/color to the mix!)
A pretty vase like this is going to need some flowers and I think some in a happy, pale pink color are just the ticket!
|Vignette by Joe Nye|
Just as Joe Nye illustrates in his fabulous book Flair, carnations are a great option when you want lovely, but inexpensive flowers that will last forever! (Even a large bouquet of carnations will usually still be under $10!)
|Table setting by Joe Nye|
Or, if you prefer a totally neutral palette (and want to stick with grocery-store-flower options), you could go with a very large arrangement of baby's breath as Nye does above. I would definitely stick to his rule, though, and use this flower only by itself.
Now all we need are a few unique little doodads and our space is complete!
|Roman Sandaled Foot Sculpture from the Met Store|
A foot, you say? Yes, a foot. I love this. It is so different and sculptural and you are not going to see this in anyone else's house! (What a conversation starter! And right there at your front door too!) It is pricey ($125), but I think it is worth it for that "wow" factor!
|Moorish Brass Pitcher from TheTonyHouse on Etsy|
Here we add a little more brass into the mix, while also gaining a slightly exotic element. (Doesn't it have that genie-in-a-bottle sort of feel?) It is $42 and a perfect addition to our happy vignette.
|Welding Votive Holder by Anthropologie in Lavender|
This little guy (only 3 inches tall) is only $10 and adds that perfect amount of sparkle that we need to finish our table arrangment!
So, let's gather up all our [make believe] receipts and calculate the grand total for our room....
Alrighty, so for everything from the furniture and tapestry to the books and flowers (but not including paint), our total is $1330!
Not too bad considering the first tapestry we looked at was $90,000! I know it is still a significant amount, but this price is for a completed room, and most people tend to accumulate things over time, not all at once like this.
So, I hope the next time you look at a picture of a beautiful room and think, "I wish I could have that look", remind yourself that you CAN!
Here's to the idea that anything is possible and a great week ahead!