If you’re redecorating from scratch — or maybe you’ve just moved into a new place — don’t waste every penny of your budget on a nice mural and a chic sofa, because they won’t tell the whole story. ‘story.
When you visit a friend’s new place, you usually go for the quirky ornament in the corner or the statement lamp, rather than the tastefully tailored curtains.
In the same way that a fabulous vintage handbag will make your street dress more interesting; decorative accessories will do the same job for an interior.
Shelves, coffee tables and sideboards look sterile with nothing on them, but add a few books, a dish of odds and ends, a lamp, a vase full of flowers, a holiday souvenir or two and suddenly everything starts to come together to create warmth and character.
Your vanilla house will turn into a swirl of matcha raspberries with fizzy candies. In a nutshell, it’s the finishes that make a house a home.
All rooms need a decorative conversation starter and this curvaceous mouth-blown glass figure from Koibird is certainly one of them. It costs £185.
What’s the point of a large furnished room if no one can see it? Cast a glow on the stage with Bias Editions new mobile color block lamps with matching conical shades, £150 at Glassette
A scented candle on a shelf looks great, but a scented candle wearing a yellow scalloped leather jacket looks great. Dress your Berries in a designer outfit with this candle sleeve from Diptyque, which costs £85.
Any well-styled shelf should have a few books on it – keep yours in place with these brass bookends, £150 from Greeks Bearing Gifts, which deserves to be noted as a site specializing in wonderful gift ideas.
As affordable as they are charming, Oliver Bonas’ stained glass candle holders will add texture and height to a room. They cost £15 each.
Boxes are great things to keep on shelves and table tops – they look smart but they hide all sorts of obscure items. A button or a paperclip, anyone? This sculpted red design is £130 from Bibbings & Hensby at Glassette.
This cheerful art print will add instant summer to a room any time of the year. It’s by Camilla Perkins at Partnership Editions and it’s a limited edition of 50. It costs £200 unframed or £265 framed.
A decorative bowl – especially one on a pedestal – is always a nice way to add a finishing touch to a surface as they give the appearance of being organized (like earrings or loose change). Go heavyweight with this small marble footed bowl from London-based No 17 – it costs £65.
A great buy for summer, this affordable blue terracotta vase is in the color of the moment and will look just as good empty or filled with foliage for added drama. It’s a £29.99 high street hero from H&M Home.