Monday, January 31, 2011

Let’s Elevate The Situation !!!

ele·vat·ed, ele·vat·ing, ele·vates
  1. To move (something) to a higher place or position from a lower one; lift.
  2. To increase the amplitude, intensity, or volume of.
  3. To promote to a higher rank.

What am I talking about? I am talking about elevating our homes looks and our homes accessories to a higher stature and also a higher level of style.

I know we have all done it before!! Sometimes a room or an accessory just needs to be elevated. It needs to reach for a higher plateau, a higher standard!!

Sometimes when we go to pull together a vignette we need an object to stand taller/higher, it needs to be elevated.

All vignettes whether on a table, or mantels, or shelves need to have highs and lows in order to be interesting. It also helps to keep the eye moving around the room.

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I have elevated a small lamp and some shells by placing them on top of a stack books.

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A glass bubble ball is elevated in the same manner.

Another way to elevate an everyday, ordinary accessory is by putting them in pretty containers. This will help elevate their look and importance in a room. I have done this in my guest bath and my master bathroom’s.

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Everyday cotton swabs and cotton balls can become decorative in a pretty apothecary jar. Now instead of just looking ordinary they have been elevated to a higher level of importance in the room.

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In my master bathroom I have placed cotton swabs in one apothecary jar. The other jar holds our everyday bath soap and a loofah. Notice I have also elevated my soap by stacking two soaps together and placing them on a pretty glass dish.

You can also elevate an item by putting them on a pedestal or a decorative base.

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By using a decorative column I have elevated my plant to new heights.

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This is a before picture!! I have my blue and white porcelain urns on the floor. I love them, but felt they needed to be elevated. So I placed them on a decorative platform and now they have become elevated and I think they look so much better…………

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The pedestal's were purchased at Homegoods for $7.99 ea. I think that they truly elevated the urns not only in height, but in value, they "LLM" (look like more)!!

I have to thank my dear friend Mrs. “B” for going shopping with me and pointing these out for me to purchase. She is also the one that made up the saying. "LLM", Looks like more!!!!

Do you elevate your accessories in your home? What are some of the ways you have done that?

“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Bringing your everyday accessories to a new level!!!



The enchanted home said...

Hi found you on the visuals and ideas. Especially love the blue and white....fabulous! I am newish to blogging (about 3 weeks ago) and having so much fun! Hope you can stop by...since we like the same things, great design/home decor! My blog is about that and the building of our new home....
Enjoy your day!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great post, Kathysue. Love the stands you found at Home Goods. They look like they came that way.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this elevating and beautiful post, Kathysue.

Yes, I am a firm believer in elevation.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I love placing things on a stack of books, and I need a couple of those planter pedestals!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Sometimes all a vignette needs is the addition of a couple books to elevate and lift an object to give it prominence.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kathysue, I always love looking at pics of your beautiful home. Everything is always done with such attention to detail. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs, Marty

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I really like the way the urns look on the stands...much richer. Home Goods is such a great store.

Party Resources said...

Such great suggestions...we can all "take it to new heights"! xx

Designs By Pinky said...

I sure DO!!! I elevate so many of my accessories, especially large jars! It really gives them more importance! This was a good lesson for many people who do not think to do this! Love the little lamp and the shells on the books too! XO, Pinky

Muffy said...

Wow! That is amazing what those stands did for the urns! They make them look so much more expensive!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'm in the process of refreshing my living room..., and will keep this in mind!!!!!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I am also a fan of placing things on a stack of books. So many gorgeous items. I LOVE the urns. And your bathroom is just beautiful. Fun post.

Tote said...

Kathysue, I also believe in elevation. I will try and post a picture of a hutch I have as a bookcase with pictures elevated on books.
I love your little decorating hints.


Bringing Pretty Back said...

Oh! Kathysue, You just impress the heck out of me!
Have a pretty day!

lvroftiques said...

Kathysue I love all your elevated looks! Those lidded jars really DO LLM!!( I'm putting that one in my back pocket my friend! *winks*) Now that they have their Homegoods bases! And I love the apothecary jars with the cotton balls and Q-tips!
I like to find lamps at the Goodwill with ornate bases (Usually less than $5) and use them to elevate all sorts of things around my house. You can see one here:
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For only 99 cents I got a lot of LLM for the money? JMHO *winks* Vanna

designchic said...

You've just elevated my day, Kathysue. Love the stands for the urns - they really do LLM!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I love peeking around your house! Everything is soooo pretty! The stands are perfect...definitely LLM;)!

Jack Canfield said...

These are great and fantastic tips! Thanks!

Hamptontoes said...

Agreed, it is nice to elevate various items in a space to create an interesting room.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Oh, the stands were such a great idea! You always have such good tips.

Paula Bee said...

I am looking for things to elevate! It is always great to find things that LLM!

Design Elements said...

Great post, Kathysue! lovely greetings

classic • casual • home said...

The blue and white ceramic display is timeless and elegant. I like the print in the bathroom (and I can see little of you in it).
Mary Ann