Keep it simple, Stupid: Accessorizing your Living Space


When accessorizing for the home, dress your living space like you’re putting together an outfit. Stay within the cross-section of keep-it-simple-stupid and Coco Chanel’s adage about accessorizing. Accessories? Yes. Too many accessories competing for primetime with conflicting themes and styles? No, thank you. Here are a few ideas on how to dress up your living area, without falling into costume territory.

Punk Rocker – Leather, pleather, chains and lace can add an instant dose of heroin chic to your digs. But, go over board, and it might leave your pad looking like Skid Row (the band or the neighborhood). Try basic black and dark gray pieces as your palette and layer in textured accent pieces of the same color. 


– Being girly and feminine is great! I love pink. I love things that smell nice. But, too many frills, too much pink, and too much girly, might look too third grade and keep the guys away. Stay neutral with the furniture and don’t be too matchy-matchy.

Shabby chic and cottage cozy are great places to start. A traditional style sofa, layered window treatments in varying weight and texture, and natural elements will exude a naturally feminine look without the crazy doll-collection. 


– Too many classic pieces can look too much like an antique store, leaving your living quarters with an uninviting and rigid feel. Leave the trips back through time to Dr. Who and Quantum Leap, and try mixing your eras. I totally purchased a vintage flour sifter solely because it looked awesome. But try mixing your eras. Place antiques among modern objects, this draw more attention to your faves.

Mid-Century Maven

– Mid-century modern décor is known for being minimal, so you going overboard with stainless steel, white lacquer, or funky accessories is blaspheme. Stick to the rules here. Pick a few accents - an orange throw blanket on your neutral sofa, a mismatched accent chair, monochromatic stack of books, all white dishes with chunky and colorful goblets for wine.


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  • Adam Hanin