The Art of Styling Your Home - 405 Magazine

The Art of Styling Your Home

Sometimes the smallest details add warm, personal touches to a home.

Three framed black and white photos hang above a white couch accented with brown and gray pillows on a white wall. A marbled ceramic pot holds thin branches of a plant.

Photo by Emily Hart.

Sometimes the smallest details add warm, personal touches to a home. Maybe it’s a dedicated spot for special heirlooms, a favorite piece of artwork strategically placed, or a simple dresser vignette that helps start your day off practically and beautifully. Amanda Layton from Layton Designs, who will be featured in 405HOME’s winter issue, shares four of her favorite and universal items to help your house go from mundane to museum-esque.

  1. Ceramic vases. Vases are versatile in that they are beautiful empty or filled with fresh or dried florals. Hint: Try filling a vase with dried eucalyptus for a long-lasting arrangement.
  2. Coffee-table books. If you love the content but the exterior doesn’t fit your design scheme, remove the cover. Hint: Start your collection with subjects that inspire you.
  3. A good bowl. Fill it with purposeful items on a vanity like nice soaps or hand towels, place it on a nightstand to hold jewelry and hand lotion, or create a dining centerpiece with seasonal fruits or holiday decor. Hint: Nesting bowls are also a great way to display favorite objects.
  4. Candles. Whether real or faux, both create a cozy ambience and add elegance to any room. Hint: Taper candles are a great way to add a pop of interest to your dining room table in between having it actually set for a meal.

“People get tired of what they have because they see it every day.” Layton said. “These items are flexible and can be moved around from room to room to look new and fresh.”