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Secret to Online Accessory Shopping

Monday, January 5th, 2015

One of my favorite activities is going accessory shopping! I love the hunt of finding the perfect piece in shops, big stores, barn sales and auctions. Art and accessories are the personality of a room:

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Today, it is even easier to shop for special items online. If you have a tabletop or console you are looking to style, there are many online sites where ordering is quick and easy. A few of my favorites are Overstock, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Lamps Plus, Pier1, Ballard Design Joss & Main and Craig’s List.

If you are shopping online for accessories, the secret is to plan ahead what items you will need. Plan it out on paper or in your head what will go on this side of the table, what will be on the other side? Should I use a lamp or maybe two? What size is best to hang a picture or mirror behind? What material and size of bowl will look best?

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I recently helped a client shop online for her mantel. She wanted a whole new look. I first sent her ideas to shop(look) around her home to see what we could use. Then instead of her running all around picking up items, I made a plan on paper and then sent her ideas and photos online and product information. Look how nice it came out:

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I am now working with someone helping find a centerpiece for his kitchen table:

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First thing I thought would look nice is a small tray in the center of the table holding a couple items:

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Another idea could be a few pretty glass pieces:

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Also, planning what you actually can fit and use in the space is important in online shopping so you do not have the hassle of returns.

Hope this helps next time you are looking to dress up your tables!

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Christmas Decorating At The Condo

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I just wanted to share my little condo decorating for Christmas this year:

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Nothing special or fancy. This table was decorated around my pretty Christmas cactus that is blooming now (upper left of photo below):

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I just wrote a couple weeks ago how I do not do theme Christmas trees, but I found I picked up a lot of turquoise ornaments at the end of last years season sales, so I thought why not give it a try:

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I love it! Here is a clever idea for a Christmas display:

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Take a tall vase, fill with silver tinsel and balls and mix in some colored balls:

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Super easy and original!

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How are you doing with your Christmas decorating? Do you go all out every year? Or do you find yourself taking out less decorations each year? I am definitely in the lesser group. I still enjoy decorating but have toned it down a bit each year. How about you?

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Interior Stylist Stacy Kunstel

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

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I find it so interesting that many of these beautiful photos we see in magazines are not only designed brilliantly by an interior designer, but then are also ‘styled’ for the perfect shot for the photographer:

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Interior stylists are involved in creating imagery for interior books, magazines and catalogues. They finesse spaces for portfolios and magazine spreads.:

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Design by Louise Brooks, styled by StacyStyle, shot by John Bessler for @Traditional Home

One of my favorite eye-candy publications is New England Home. I love looking through their beautiful, glossy photos:

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One of the main reasons I love this particular magazine is because I admire the work of Stacy Kunstel, stylist extraordinaire. All of the photos in this piece are styled by Stacy. Are they not amazingly gorgeous?:

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Lynn Morgan Design. Styled by StacyStyle, shot by Laura Moss

Just beautiful. Her work is such an inspiration! Maybe she needs an assistant:

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I am available Stacy.  I will need a professional photographer also!

I love looking at beautiful pictures and hope you do too!

If you need help with your space, contact me today.

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Styled Nightstands

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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Designer Emily Henderson recently hosted a contest along with Serena and Lily, to find the best styled nightstand. Which got me thinking…

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Do you decorate your nightstands? I don’t think that everyone thinks of it. I love to decorate mine. Like any other flat surface, it is a great place to put together something creative that makes you smile every time you see it. This is one in my guest room:

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There are no rules to make a pretty styled nightstand. Begin with the basic items: a lamp and a clock. The rest of the items are just accessories:

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Use items with different heights, sizes and shapes. This adds variation and dimension. Something big and short, something tall and thin … use a variety of sizes and heights to amp up the personality. Lamps, skinny vases, flat books, tall frames and flowers all look great:

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Bowls are great to use for taking off your jewelry at bedtime:

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I think a styled vignette on the nightstand makes the bedroom look more polished and pulled together.

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Do you agree? Do you decorate your nightstands? It’s not as easy as it looks, is it? I hope these photos have given you some ideas and inspiration. I just love looking through these beautiful pictures, don’t you?

Thanks!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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