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The 4 Styling Items You Never Knew You Needed (But Won’t Be Able To Live Without)

There are a number of staples when it comes to decorating a room. You obviously need furniture, some great lighting, and if you’re anything like us, lots of great accessories. But besides the obvious throw pillows and vases, there are also some items we rely on as our not-so-secret weapons when it comes to styling a space. Think of them as the pieces you never know you needed, but now won’t be able to live without!

From the kitchen to the bathroom, to the bedroom (and even outdoors), there are certain items we always have on hand to add an extra layer of style. Think of them as the finishing touches that will bring that special something to a space- the items that take a room from run-of-the-mill to magazine ready. And if you think you have to be a designer or stylist to make these pieces work, think again! These are all easy additions that require minimal effort (and even less $$). And the best part? Besides being fashionable, these styling pieces are all highly functional too, so they’ll look great and keep you organized.

 

Ready to be let in on the secrets? Keep reading to see all the items in our styling arsenal, and learn how to use them in every space of your home.

 

Want even more easy ideas for a more stylish and functional home?

Photo: Eric Piasecki
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Design: Dumais

TRAYS 

Say hello to your new best friend! Trays are truly the most versatile (and useful) accessory in your home. Besides their obvious use for serving food and drink, they can be used to keep lots of other items organized and looking sharp. Here are a few of our suggestions for useful ways to utilize them in every room.

 

Bathroom: Use a tray on your vanity or on top of your toilet tank to display attractive bottles, lotions and soaps.

Bedroom: A small tray or catchall on a bedside table is the perfect place to keep jewelry, some essential oils, or any of your nighttime essentials.

Entryway: Keep your keys, wallet, and mail tidy with a tray at the front door.

Kitchen: Place salt and pepper shakers, a paper towel holder, or your utensil holder in a tray for an easy way to corral items on your countertop.

Living Room: For a quick and easy bar setup, place bottles, glassware, and shaker in a tray with handles for easy mobility when you’re ready to serve.

Office: A file tray on your desk will go a long way towards keeping loose paperwork in order.

Photo: Sarah Tramp
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DECANTERS & BOTTLES

Decanters aren’t just for fancy liquor – they can hold any liquid you want to show off in an attractive way. And besides making your items look good, they’ll also be easily accessible when on display. Here’s how to make the most of these versatile vessels.


Bathroom:
Make mouthwash or bath oils display-worthy by placing them in a pretty glass decanter.

Bedroom: A glass carafe on a nightstand makes an attractive addition, and will also come in handy to quench your thirst in the morning.

Kitchen: Elevate your olive oil or dish soap by placing them in a stylish (and very handy) glass dispenser, also called a cruet.

Dining Room: Turn your dining table into a cute cafe by serving water in a carafe-style bottle.

 

Design: Mandy Lee

BASKETS

Whether big or small, short or tall, baskets bring lots of opportunities for stylish spots to stash items (in every room). They also come in a variety of materials, from natural woven fibers to leather, to metal to fabric, that will suit any design style. Here are our tips for getting the biggest benefits from baskets.

 

Bathroom: Larger baskets on the floor can hold extra bath towels, while smaller versions are perfect for hand towels or containing clutter.

Entryway: An entryway will feel totally elevated with just a few baskets to conceal shoes, accessories, and everyday ephemera.

Kitchen: A stylish woven basket on a countertop is ideal for keeping fruit and veggies at an arm’s length.

Laundry Room Freshen your laundry hamper by using a large woven basket instead. And to make things even tidier (and so you don’t have your dirty clothes in sight), try a version with a lid.

Living Room: Keep magazines, blankets (or piles of toys) at bay with some smart storage baskets.

Office: Try adding some baskets to a bookcase to stylishly keep cords and equipment out of sight.

CONTAINERS & JARS

Nothing is as versatile (or easy to implement) as a classic lidded container. Whether it’s glass, ceramic, or wood, there are endless ways to utilize them for stylish storage in your home. Check out our tips for keeping things cute and contained below.

 

Bathroom: For a bathroom that’s a little more blissful, place bath salts, cotton balls, or q-tips in simple glass jars.

Kitchen:  Any item in your pantry can be placed in a simple container for a more streamlined and uniform look. Or style a set of ceramic jars on a countertop for your everyday cooking needs.

Laundry Room: Your detergent, dryer sheets, and clothespins will never look better (or be easier to access) when they’re placed in pretty vessels.

Office: To declutter your desktop, use matching lidded containers to stash all your office supplies.

 

  1. What I like most about the suggestions not too pricey! I will be using them to finish my apartment !
    Thank you ?

    1. Amazing ideas. Very useful and interesting

    2. We’re always keeping budgets in mind! Thanks for reading. -B

  2. I agree with the below comment. Great suggestions and not too pricey, and you can find most things around your house.

    Thank you!!

    Dana

    1. Thank you! Appreciate your comment. -B

  3. I agree with Maggie, at last someone who gives us reasonably priced, budget friendly options.. And these are all doable ideas for the average everyday folks. Beautiful. That’s what I love about all Bobby’s advice. It’s practical and achievable. Thanks so much. I live in Australia, so it’s always fun finding options available here. Loving all the ideas to make our homes wonderful and unique. Beautiful. Blessings

    1. Thanks so much! Glad these suggestions are helpful.-B

  4. My random wish list includes some kind of container for mouthwash, an every day butter dish, and some kind of sprinkle container for baking soda. The baking soda is used as a cleaning product. Any suggestions?

  5. Love, love, love your designs. I call my style, I don’t have artistic talent at all.
    Great website..

    1. Thanks Patti! Appreciate your comment. -B

  6. I love using glass jars for everything. It catches the light and dances it around my pantry in a way that plastic and cardboard does not. It is so simple, but I honestly feel like I have an elegant pantry and there is something about opening that door and seeing the pasta, rice, chocolate chips, crackers and cereal in those pretty jars that is easy, accessible, and so comforting. Now, to take your advice and make that happen in my bathroom cabinet! Lol! I’m going to try it.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Wishing you luck with organizing your bathroom cabinet – Glass really elevates the look of stored items and I think is worth the time and effort. xx -B

  7. Great style to this blog. Good ideas about re-looking at what I already have…which is a lot!! A pretty decanter for my mouthwash in the bathroom.