Accessories

Often times it's the little things that make the biggest impression. Discover how to weave accessories into your design plans and watch your rooms come alive.

... our objects, bibelots, whatnots, and knickknacks-say the most about who we are. They are as honest as a diary.
Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

... to ensure a successful mix, I treat cushions, trimming, lampshades and other accessories as the shoes and handbags of the home. The right shoes can really make an outfit - and equally, if you have the wrong shoes, you can feel old-fashioned in the smartest of suits.
Nina Campbell

All the necessary elements of a room should not arrive on installation day. Room should always be left for the things we will acquire...the objects we cannot live without.
Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

Beautifully designed objects fulfill our desire for art and poetry.
Cindy Coleman, Interior Design

Better rooms better furniture, better objects d'art can only be created for a society interested in living - not existing.
Van Day Truex

Decorating is like music. Harmony is what we constantly strive for. At home, we want a peaceful atmosphere where the objects are the notes and nothing is off-key.
Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

Decorating...is... and exercise in alchemy, a long discredited medieval science of making precious objects out of base ones.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

Good dressing is largely a question of detail and accessories.
Elsie de Wolfe

I like lots of air, order, personal objects and beautiful architecture.
William Hodgins

I want industrial design to be a public subject. I want people to love objects the way they love clothing.
Karim Rashid

If you are collector, let other people share your pride and joy. Don't sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble. Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective. Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis. Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage.
Dorothy Draper, Good Housekeeping

It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.
Dorothy Draper

It is to the client's advantage and also the architect's, to have a trained and experienced decorator with both technical knowledge and an understanding of interior architectural detail so as to be able to assemble intelligently the proper textures, colors, furniture and objects to make a consistent room. If all these things are taken into consideration in the original planning...a great many difficulties can be anticipated.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Interior Architecture and Decoration

It may occur to someone working in design to produce objects that are of no use to industrial civilization as it is set up at present, but that serve to release creative energies, to suggest possibilities, to stimulate awareness, to bring people's feet back onto the planet... and it may also occur to him to use consumerism and adapt it to this idea so that it becomes a liberating force rather than a conditioning one. All this is difficult, very difficult, and one knows, but that doesn't mean that we can't try...
Ettore Sottsass, Design Metaphors

People project meaning onto objects. If an object allows you to interact with it, then it becomes part of your being, and over time you see things in it that first you might not have seen.
Karim Rashid

The basic rules of proportion and scale are unchanging. They are reinterpreted according to the needs of the time. I like simplicity and I believe in restraint. Above all, there should be harmony-of proportion, line, color, and feeling. The most important element in decorating is the relationship between objects- in size, form, texture, color, and meaning. None of these is in good taste in itself but only in relationship to where it has been placed and what purpose it is to serve.
Eleanor McMillen Brown

The contemporary eye combines objects and material of the present with objects and materials from the past, not because of fashion but because of one's own knowledgeable eclecticism - the result of one's own varied experiences and cultivated taste.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Sixty Years of Interior Design

When I began designing machines I also began to think that these objects, which sit next to each other and around people, can influence not only physical conditions but also emotions. They can touch the nerves, the blood, the muscles, the eyes and the moods of people.
Ettore Sottsass, A Critical Biography

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