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.

Cooking Demo & Book Signing at Charlie Thigpen’s Gallery

On Saturday, I had the incredible opportunity to partner with Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery at our local farmers Pepper Place Market in Birmingham for a cooking demo and book singing featuring my new book,“400 Best Sandwich recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”. It was such a great experience getting to speak alongside Charlie who is one of the most talented gardeners I have ever known. Charlie, and I worked together at Southern Living years ago, where he worked as a Garden Editor for over 29 years. His knowledge about gardening, fresh herbs and growing vegetables is unsurmountable. He spoke to the large crowd about purchasing and planting fresh herbs, and I showcased ways to use them in recipes from my new cookbook.

This is Charlie and I together before my demo as he was talking about his many types of herbs and basil he carries at his shop and garden as well as how to plant herbs in your garden and tips on keeping them vibrant.

This Tomato-Fresh Herb Crostini appetizer recipe was a hit. I made 250, and they were all gone before I turned around.

I must thank my daughter and her friend for selling more of my cookbooks and T-Shirts than I did. 🙂

And now: Here’s an interior tour of some of the cool things in Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery located at 2805 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233.

I admit it. I want everything in here!

This vase is so cool. There were so many that it’s hard to choose.

These are awesome. Great food props, gifts and decorating touches for the home.

I love these too.

Thanks so much to Cindy and Charlie Thigpen for a great event! It was such a beautiful day in Birmingham after a rough week of tornadoes here. As I am writing this, we still don’t have power. My heart goes out to everyone suffering from such a tragedy. I appreciate everyone for their support to the people of Alabama and for all of the sweet notes, emails and twitter and facebook messages checking on my family and me. Much love, Alison