31 Days of Building Character: Oversized Accessories

Welcome to Day 20 of my 31 Day Series, Building Character.  

My philosophy when it comes to accessories is less is more and bigger is better.  Accessories can add a ton of character to a space.  Scale is always important in good design however,  sometimes it's fun to use art or objects that are larger than they really "should be".  Oversized pieces add drama and whimsy and keep a space from being too serious...

On that note, here are a few examples of oversized accessories I have in my home.
On the mantle, instead of a bunch of small things, I simplified the display by using two oversized black candlesticks (Restoration Hardware).  

In the stair well, I placed two life sized canvas prints.

These were a HomeGoods find a few years ago.

In the foyer, I used a pair of oversized stars to great guests.  

I found these at an antique store in northern Michigan.  When the owner brought them back from Mexico there were rusty tin stars.  I sanded them and sprayed them black.

Also in the foyer, this extra large clock.  Not only is it a fun accessory but very convinient for the kids in the morning.

I get a lot of emails inquiring about my giant rolling pin.  This was from the Potterybarn outlet a few years ago. 

In the dining room, the accessories are large in scale and minimal.

The giant wooden fork and spoon were a thrift store find.  There is a story behind them that you can read about, here.

 A lot of you have asked about my oversized photo frame.  It's actually an easel style floor frame that I hung sideways on the wall.  This is one of my favorite pieces.
It includes a candid black and white photo of everyone in our family.  

Not only do large pieces make a great design statement but dusting is so much easier.  I also find that large minimal decor leaves space available for adding holiday decorations.

 Instead of totally re-arranging the house for holiday decor, I can add things here and there that compliment my "every day" accessories without it becoming cluttered.  

Wow, I must really like oversized accessories...this is the longest post ever. 

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  1. i love oversized accessories too! more impact, less stuff. love your series!

  2. Awesome. I think I'm ready to update my living room.

  3. Your house is beautiful! I think oversized looks great too. I did the same thing with our outside lights. They are BIG, but they turned out beautiful. You can check it out at my new blog loveofhomes.blogspot.com I hope you'll follow along! Thanks!!

  4. Beautiful, minimal, statement making pieces that make your home gorgeous!!!

  5. I am into "less stuff" these days as well....the large scale items make a great impact in your house. Also, your entry is so pretty and I love your interior doors painted black....something I have been pondering!

  6. Love EVERYTHING! I have a little of both in my house. But love the simplicity the larger scale items bring to the rooms/decor.

  7. Loving your "31 Days of Building Character" series! So many fabulous ideas!!

  8. See ya Saturday Sarah...looking forward to it!!

  9. I sooo want to go run around my house and simplify everything now - you made some great points and gave me great ideas.

    Also, you may have mentioned this before and I missed it but where did you get that fab piece that your purse is hung on by the front door???

    xo Kristle

  10. Oversized accessories really do make such a statement and I love yours. I also love all your black doors. You make me want to paint mine!

  11. I love your entertainment center with the tv.....may I ask where it was purchased?

  12. I second that I love your entertainment center. I have been looking for something like that. Where did you find it? Laurie gileegan@hotmail.com

  13. HI -I love your blog! A question about your couch-did you recover the back pillows of your existing couch with the black & white material? Thanks!

    1. Hi! Yes, I recovered just the back cushions and used a two piece slipcover for the rest :)

  14. I am obsessed with your large painting over the fireplace where o where did you find that? Please email me flightnurse.jj@gmail.com

  15. Can you tell me about the profile silhouettes, please? Are they real paper cutting or was it a DIY project?

  16. Hi!! I love the cabinet your TV is in - it looks like it has cabinet doors on it to hide the TV when not in use! Where did you get it? I need one for my home! Thank you!

    1. Hi there, it came from Ethan Allen, it's from the New Country Collection. Thanks:) Sarah

  17. Sarah,
    I love your blog, so glad I found you. Please, tell me where you got the cute cherry sign above your mantle. Really cool with all your red and black.


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