How was your weekend? I got to do some accessory styling and that’s always a good time for a decor-nerd like myself. Last week I received this stunning silver leaf tray from Joy & Revelry — a new home decor website curated by our favorite designers and bloggers — and could not wait to put it to good use! I was thrilled that it fit perfectly atop my grandparents’ teak buffet, nestled between my refurbished vintage white lattice lamps. I immediately got to work styling it up, and then realized, I guess I kinda have a “method to the madness” for this stuff. Get the look with my five easy tips…
1. Break it up in half, then break each half again.
Create sections and take one section at a time. I think in quadrants is easy.
2. Build up height with books and/or magazines.
Take at least one of those quadrants and fill it with a stack of books. You want to create pyramid-like levels from bottom to top, and from front to back.
3. Top the books with an accessory and/or flowers.
Fresh flowers in a small vase are always a plus, but any figurine, ashtray or bowl works just as well. Vintage pieces or interesting textural items are even better!
4. Fill in the blank areas with smaller accessories.
Candles, a bowl of matches, coasters, etc. totally work! Trick is you want to vary the sizes of the pieces within the tray.
5. Stick with a color scheme.
So it doesn’t start to look too busy, be sure to coordinate all the pieces within the tray. You see here I went with glammy neutrals like black, white and gold (my faves, of course!).
What do you think, does this help to break it down?
What a treat for the start of the week, right?
Photo and styling by Erika Brechtel; silver leaf tray provided courtesy of Joy & Revelry, handpicked by Paloma Contreras