People often ask me what are the most important elements to styling a home. To simplify it, I have put together 10 items that I believe are absolutely essential and the goodness is you will already have most of them!
When you think of a house you admire, it is very rarely individual items that stand out. It is how all the elements come together to create an inspiring space. A common theme to all these diverse homes is the following styling elements.
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Helen's Top 10 Ingredients for Styling your Home
1. Books - I love using books all around the house in every room as a styling item. There are so many ways you can use books. You can coordinate them with your decor (spines of books in your chosen colour) or choose books with interesting topics. While I love books on photography and interior design, it is really important to choose books on topics you love as it makes the space authentic and reflects the homeowner's personality. Books are also very useful to add layered height, for example they can be stacked on their side with an accessory on top or stood vertically with bookends. Depending on the size of your footstool or coffee table, you can have three or four piles of books. They don't have to be big books or expensive hardback books, you can also use smaller paperback books or personalised photo books or photo albums. 2. Vases/Flowers - Whether it is a console table, coffee table, hall table, dining room table, top of a piano, fireplace, flowers and vases are the most brilliant way to bring light and freshness into an area. There are so many combinations to choose from: a large stemmed vase is beautiful when creating a dramatic effect. I also love pairing bulb vases for smaller flowers and placing multiples alongside each another. The signature floral arrangement at Helen Turkington is a goldfish bowl filled with tulips, which are fantastic because the smaller opening at the top means you don’t need as many stems to make it look full. 3. Fresh foliage like fresh eucalyptus not only looks great but smells absolutely divine but good quality faux foliage is always a handy year-round styling accessory.