Secret to Online Accessory Shopping

January 5, 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!

2 comments

  1. Good tips, Kelly – I think that’s why so many people get overwhelmed with shopping for home decor. They just don’t go in with a plan, and then they have too many shiny things distracting them. I recently met a friend to go shopping, and she was so anxious and overwhelmed with all the options that she left within the first 15 minutes. It was because she just didn’t know what she needed. I continued my shopping, of course, but later talked my friend through making a list of what exactly she needed before she ventured out again. It really helped!

  2. Kelly, I love the owls with the woodland picture – you can imagine them flying in and out of the trees!

    Happy New Year to you and yours – hope it’s the best ever!

    Hugs,

    Alice

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