Accents provide a simple means of creating personal space and a unique home environment. Floral accents are among the best ways to make this mood more flexible.
I like to experiment with this concept by creating personal “micro environments” within the home and within some rooms. This enables me to enhance whatever mood I’m feeling at the moment, just by looking towards a particular part of the room.
For instance, the most eclectic place in my home is the music room/den. Depending on the direction, one could see hints of tropical, classical, moderne, mid-20th century, or my spiritual shrine.
In this case a small Roseville two-handled vase filled with wildflowers, is perched on a lacquered Japanese box on my work desk. I like the interplay of curves with light and lines.
The bedroom is a more restful place, yet also contains a few “micro environments” of its own. The house is old with walls that refuse to remain repaired for very long, so I need to distract the eye from faults.
The nightstand has a strong mid-20th century theme. An avant -garde dual-opening vase by Redwing Pottery holds two groupings of cala lilies. The amorphous vase provides the counterpoint to the stark, jet-black figurals and bright red shade.
The dresser top is an ever-changing place that changes with each season. In this case, an art-deco painted vase contains bold elements to make a solid visual anchor. I can tweak the placement of objects to create new still-life prospects with common artifacts. They might include some old cameras, vintage pens, old books, or, as in this grouping, my wristwatch on top of a few old postcards.
What do your personal spaces say about you?