I’ve always been that “little something extra” girl. You know, the kind that adds a sticker or ribbon to a card, the extra tags and tie-ons to gift boxes, or the charm on the handbag. It’s just my thing I guess.
But today I want to talk about a different kind of embellishment I have been experimenting with – what I like to call, for lack of a better term, Décor Jewelry. Sometimes a little extra touch of whimsy can take something nice to something novel. What would that iconic blue Tiffany’s box be without that white satin ribbon? You can do the same thing with some simple elements of your décor by taking them a step further and adding that finishing touch.
Inspiration for décor jewelry can come from all sort of things, and it doesn’t have to be expensively done. A tassle on a door knob is probably one of the most common forms of embellishment you might have seen. This doesn’t mean every door in your house needs one, but maybe the door to the powder room that everyone asks you to direct them to down the hall might be a good choice.
So what do I use for my embellishments? Here’s a few of my favorite materials:
- Vintage inspired twine, lace and ribbon
- Jewelry parts or discarded pieces like brooches and bracelets
- Paper flowers
- Old charms and religious medals
- Cut-outs from old cards
- Old keys
- Old or foreign coins
- Scrapbooking paper
- Unique stickers, labels & decals
It can be as simple as this sacred heart and tiny religious medals tied together with a piece of twine with a hint of golden thread, or an ex voto on some vintage ribbon over the top of a bell jar…
Or an inexpensive candle dressed up with a little scrap paper, postage decals, twine and charms.
Sometimes I like to hit the clearance aisle at the craft store and look for little trinkets from the jewelry-making and scrapbooking sections to find odds and ends that can be combined to create something really unique. Here I have combined various pieces of ribbon, beads, charms, and tags to create cascading embellishments that loop over the tops of glass cloches and apothecary jars.
Many of my favorite finds in craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby come in cute little mixed media sets that make it super easy to just add some ribbon and string them together in tasteful groupings…
Sometimes when I find a piece I really love and don’t have a project for yet, I just hang it on the lamp at my desk so I can keep it in mind for the future.
So just like a pretty necklace or dainty bracelet, adding a little something extra to your décor can be the finishing touch you need to give it a little extra character and your own signature style.
Is there a little “something” extra you do with your home décor that’s undeniably YOU? Please share in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you.