7 Accessorizing Tips to Decorate Your Home

I am changing gears for this Friday. How about a little lifestyle and decorating? If you like to keep your home looking fresh, but don’t have the money or time to completely redecorate at the moment, you could get a new look just by updating your accessories. This will save you time, money and hassle, and it can achieve excellent results. Here are 7 accessorizing tips to decorate your home this summer.

1. Change with the seasons

It’s important that your interior design reflects what’s going on outside. Dark hues and lots of wood aren’t going to look particularly current if it’s the height of summer. Try changing your fabrics, ornaments and other objects with the seasons. This gives the home a fresh look.

2. Use the rug as a focal point

An area rug is a fantastic addition to any living or dining room as it creates the perfect starting point for your interior design. It’s worth investing in a good quality rug as it will last for many years. Use the colors in your rug to choose a color scheme for the room.

3Use pillows

Whether you call them pillows or cushions, they are the ideal accessory for any sofa or bed. They are a fantastic way to experiment with different colors and find unique combinations that make your room look extra special. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, sizes and textures.

 4Select your favorite items

Pick your favorite things in your home and make the most of those instead of using miscellaneous accessories that you don’t absolutely love.

5. Good things come in threes

A really great way to design your interior is to use multiple accessories. If there’s a particular piece that you love, use it three times in the same space. This will create a bold statement and make it look all the more impressive.

6. Use art to your advantage

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, so if you spot some art that you like, display it with pride.

7. Dress your tables

You might have a beautifully decorated dining room, but if you’re greeted by an empty dining table, it always makes it seem a little dull. Don’t be scared of dressing your dining table when it’s not in use. Bold, colorful napkins and accessories will ensure it’s a worthy focal point and make a world of difference to the overall look of the room.

If you’re looking for accessories to improve or enhance your home, visit bettaliving.co.uk for more fantastic ideas. Also, see my favorite home decor magazine Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine. Sign up for their weekly newsletter and enjoy the beset interior content you can find. Thank you Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles for allowing me to use this photo.

Headed to Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City

Fun news! I am super excited! Today, I am headed to Alt Summit (Altitude Design Summit) in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a conference I have been wanting to attend, so I put it on my to-do list a long time ago. If you’re asking yourself, What is Alison talking about?” Read on. If you’re obsessed with lifestyle, food and fashion blogs; fantastic images; smart ideas and great design; this is where you should be. Keynote speakers include Editors of Martha Stewart Living, Apartment Therapy and The Wall Street Journal Magazine as well as Founder of Pinterest and New York Time’s Bestselling Author, Gretchen Rubin. Images above by Freshly PickedDaniel Staemmler, and Mode:lina

I’ll be learning more about Design. Lifestyle. Photography. Fashion. Events. Styling. Art Direction. Food. Interior Design. 

Simple Summery Peach Pie

Living in Alabama does have its perks, especially living near easy access to fresh Chilton County Peaches. I have been visiting Durbin Farms since I was a child, and they still have the most unbelievable peaches. These peaches (below) were bigger than a softball, sweet, juicy and bursting with fresh peach flavor. A friend of mine passed me this recipe for Simple Peach Pie, and it really can’t get much easier than this. It’s fast with very few ingredients, and it was gone before I could turn around. When you have peaches this sweet, you don’t even need vanilla ice cream on the side, but it is a good addition :).

Fourth of July Buttermilk Cupcakes

Happy Fourth of July. I hope everyone has a relaxing and safe holiday. My kids and I had so much fun making these Buttermilk Cupcakes last week. The cupcake recipe comes from Southern Living magazine from several years ago. It’s so easy and one of my favorites. Frost with homemade cream cheese icing or store-bought, and top with sprinkles or these adorable Fourth of July marshmallows by Jet Puffed.

Italy Bound: Marche Region

Today is Sunday, and I am off to Milan and then the Marche Region of Italy. This is a picture of the sea of the Regional park of Monte Conero, where I will be staying for several days. It is considered one of the best views in the adriatic sea. Follow my site this week for more updates. First stop Milan.

My Top 10 Favorite “Power” Foods

I get a lot of email, and I mean, a lot. So many people ask me cooking questions, nutrition questions, entrepreneur advice, blog advice, social media advice, have comments and more. Sometimes, I get the simple questions such as, “How do you keep so fit? “What do you eat all day?” etc. I thought I would share my top 10 favorite “power” foods. When I say “power”, I mean foods that I love, foods that I feel give me energy, keep me healthy and foods I can’t go without most every day.

1. Greek Yogurt-With 2.5 grams of protein per ounce and hardly any fat or carbs, what could be better? I stir honey into mine with blueberries or bananas, nuts or whole grain cereal, and I eat it for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It is so filling and tastes great (I use the nonfat or low-fat by the way). See Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

2. Blueberries-These have the highest antioxidant value of all fruit plus they have many vitamins: B, C, E, and they boost your immune system. We always have a bowl of fresh blueberries ready to grab. See  Blueberry Pancakes

3. Almonds or Walnuts-These are a great heart-healthy snack filled with protein, vitamins, minerals and good for your digestive system. I don’t go one day without a handful. See Chunky Granola

4. Acai or pomegranate juice-Acai has been said to have antioxidant benefits and anti-aging properties and omega fatty acids. I think it gives me energy as well. You can buy the frozen Sambazon smoothie packs at Whole Foods, in solid bars, or in a bottle (I like the 100% Genesis Today Acai juice).  See Cranberry Pomegranate Granita

5. Salmon-High in the health promoting fat, omega 3 fatty acids, high protein, and low in calories. I prefer Alaskan wild salmon. Salmon is one of my tried and true favorites. The best part of all is that my 3 kids love it too. See Salmon Burgers

6. Edamame-High in protein, fiber and calcium and low in calories and fat.  I can’t get enough of these. I purchase them already shelled in the frozen section and just thaw. They are great served in a salad, as a snack or as a topping. See Edamame Salsa

7. Gold Bars-These bars are my all-time favorite snack bars. With 11 grams of protein from soy, nuts and whole grains, these satisfy my hunger as well as sugar cravings. I love them in the morning with coffee or as a snack. See Grab the Gold Bar

8. Flaxseed-High in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, I put ground flaxseed in everything from cereal, to yogurt, granola and even as a crust on salmon or chicken. See Flaxseed Crusted Salmon

9. Arugula-High in Vitamin C and K, I love arugula for it’s peppery taste and beautiful color. Try it with golden raisins, nuts and freshly shaved Parmesan or simply topped with grilled chicken or steamed shrimp. I’m a huge fan and can’t get enough of it. See Black Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula

10. Dark Chocolate-Dark Chocolate is said to contain flavonoids so it’s heart healthy, contains antioxidants and may even reduce aging. Try Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies