Furniture, walls, floors, lighting—they all form ‘the big picture’ of a room. But it’s the little things that add personality. Accessories express style and reveal the homeowner’s interests. When done well, they tie the space together, turning the big picture into a glorious montage.
Decorative mirrors are both functional and beautiful and help make the room feel larger. The elegant Pagoda mirror from Soft Surroundings provides a touch of Chinoiserie with its classic bamboo design in wrought iron and gilded warm patina.
Throw pillows add style and texture to a sofa, chair or bed and help bring in accent colors. The whimsical new ‘Carmen’ pillow from Crate and Barrel is hand-embroidered in Mexico and a limited-edition release of 500. Each is numbered on the back in hand embroidery.
[tea wood bowls]
Inject a touch of nature with square tea wood bowls by Barreveld, available locally at Christopher’s in Kirkwood. “These twig bowls look great on a summer table holding fruit or bread, and also work as an accessory in casual, traditional or contemporary rooms,” says store owner Christopher Thau.
[george nelson ball clock]
Form and function meet once again in the classic Nelson Ball Clock, introduced in 1949 as the first of more than 150 clocks designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company. This model is an authentic Nelson Clock, produced by Vitra Design Museum and available at Design Within Reach.
[jonathan adler electra vase]
Designer Jonathan Adler is known for his signature collectible pottery. The striking Electra Vase, from the Santorini collection, is porcelain-glazed with a unique shape and radiating sun design.
A beautifully printed coffee-table book allows you to share your interests with guests. 100 Dream Houses by JTart provides nearly 500 pages of gorgeous architectural photography from all over the world. Available locally at 10denza.
[local art print]
Looking for some artwork with local flair? Show your civic pride with a River City print from St. Louis’ own Firecracker Press. This hand-carved woodblock print, made with hand-mixed ink, features a variation of the St. Louis city flag with a fleur de lis marking the spot where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers converge.
[brass candle lantern]
Candlelight always sets the mood, especially when it’s as elegant as the Moroccan-style Sullivan Lantern in polished, perforated brass, from Savvy Surrounding Style. The stylish lantern looks great open or covered.
By Amy Burger