My decorating essentials

When it comes to decorating clients houses, my own included there are some items that I keep coming back to time and time again. Some of them shout TA DA, others quietly just do the job in hand and get on with it. Some of the products are from my store, some from others scattered all over.

Here is  my go to list:

SIDE TABLES – one of the hardest things to find and yet they make such a difference because they add those all important layers. West Elm’s Martini Table is one I use whenever I have a project Stateside but they also now ship to the UK which is fabulous. Many of the side tables I source are circular for the very reason that the more circles you add to a room the more intriguing the room becomes because they break up the boxiness. Whenever you see a chair in any one of my designs not far from it you’ll find a little side table for plonking a lamp, a candle, a few books.

side tables

MIRRORS – mirrors are fundamental to each and every room in my opinion as they expand horizons and add depth. If you can – go super size because you are doing two things, upping the style ratings and adding that element of grandeur to the space. My favourite all time mirrors are our convex ones. Had them in the store for 8 years and will continue to have them for another 80 they completely change a rooms dynamic as seen below in my pad.


RUGS – not the easiest thing in the world to source but they elevate a space like nothing else I know. Check out Urban Outfitters and  Anthropologie 



FLOWERS – lastly but most importantly flowers. These little guys transform anything and everything, dining tables, side tables, consoles and mantles. One of the reasons I am so obsessed with our faux flowers is because they last for ever. Once you get bored of them in one room rotate to another. Although having said that I’ve had the same flowers on my mantle piece of yonks. Its reduced my fresh flower budget by two thirds so now at Columbia on a Sunday I just buy a little posy for the bedroom table and the dining table and that is me done!

flowersThese beautiful peach roses aren’t on our site yet as they just came in, they will be soon they are on the ever expanding do to list!

Happy Thursday (day 4 of gluten/sugar free plan and not quite so happy – but there you go)!


9 thoughts on “My decorating essentials

  1. Hi Abigail! I finally took the plunge last week and bought my first ever faux flowers (complete with vase) from you. I struggle to keep plants/flowers alive so I thought I might as well go for the best faux blooms around!

    Thanks for the recommendations – I’ve been on the hunt for brass/ethnic/glam coffee/side tables and rounded edges are best for my toddler and the little one on the way. The West Elm one has just shot up to the top of my wishlist.

    P.S. Regarding your gluten/sugar free plan, check out Roost – – (if you feel up to cooking for yourself). If not, the girls at Hemsley and Helmsley – – will be happy to help. You’ll feel amazing once you get over the initial hump. Hang in there! 😀

    • Love your links thank you have just checked both out and now inspired to keep on going. Btw hope the faux’s look fabulous at home x

  2. I don’t have faux flowers at the moment, but I do have silver twigs which I love and they are the perfect addition to a dull corner. As for mirrors – love them, I have a large one on a wall in my lounge that just needed ‘something’. I think (hope) it looks stylish and adds light to the room – win win all round with mirrors. They add the finishing touch to a room and can tie a look together perfectly, you can go subtle and sleek or all out heavy duty carved elaborate adding an artistic touch.

  3. I love this list and agree with all apart from the faux flowers….and this is from someone who spent a fortune on faux quality flowers in the past. They were dust collectors and after awhile discoloured terribly. I now decorate with orchid plants, fresh orchid flowers and vases with big leaves…..the plants remain in flowers for months and the leaves I change ever 2-3 weeks and they look and smell so much better!

    • I think we might have to disagree – I’ve had my faux’s for yonks and don’t seem to have the same problems and mine are even in the garden! How you feel about faux’s is how I feel about orchids, for me they are too ubiquitous but that is the fab thing about decorating, what one person loves another doesn’t. Its all about following your heart.

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