Best of Etsy: Affordable Decorative Accessories + Styling Tips

 Source: Light & Dwell

Source: Light & Dwell

In my opinion, good design starts with the basic pieces that ground the room and give it purpose. For example, a living room should have something to sit or lounge on (sofa, chairs, sectional, etc). That's the primary purpose of the room. Sitting and relaxation. There are also secondary essentials that make a bare-bones sterile living room feel softer and more comfortable esthetically such as an area rug, coffee table, lamps, and end tables. The tertiary element of the room is the decorative accessories that bring the whole design together and finish the space. It's the jewelry and hand bag of interior design and should not be overlooked.

One thing I love to do to make the house feel fresh is to rearrange accessories (or pick up something new now and again) from room to room. Our house is by no means "finished" so by shifting accessories and furniture around, I can discover what I really like and what I want to change up (move this throw pillow here, shift this art collection, purchase something to go here, etc). 

 Source: McGee & Co.

Source: McGee & Co.

These accessories don't have to be expensive. I like thrifting vintage and handmade pieces that make a room feel unique. Scroll down for several of my favorite vintage and handmade pieces from Etsy that are affordable and easily make a room feel thoughtful and complete. 

 Source: Room for Tuesday

Source: Room for Tuesday

Tips for Styling Accessories:

1. Display matches on a tray, in a votive or in a match striker. Long fireplace matches add visual interest as do various colors of match tips (green, red, white, etc). I first saw Sarah from Room for Tuesday style with matches and I love how simple and chic it looks! 

2. Display vintage art by layering it behind smaller objects on a built-in shelf.

3. Glass or wooden beads add visual and textural interest. Display them on top of a stack of coffee table books, draped around the base of a lamp or puddled in a shallow, wooden bowl.

Click on the images below for direct link to shop. Enjoy! 

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