The 5 Most Versatile Decorating Accessories

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Your holiday decorations have been packed away for weeks.  You’ve been decluttering & organizing.  Now is a great time to look at your space with a fresh eye.  If you are looking to add a few new decorating accessories, these 5 should top your list.  Not only are they beautiful, they’re also versatile, affordable & multi-functional.


1.  A Serving Tray

Serving trays can be used absolutely anywhere.  They are a great way to keep several small items together without looking messy.  They can make anything look organized.  Or use them to showcase your prettiest accessories.  And they work in every room of the house.


You can use them in the bathroom.

serving tray in bathroom


In the kitchen.

kitchen serving tray


In your living room.

serving tray on coffee table

via All Things Girly

In a bedroom.

serving tray on ottoman


In your office.

Organized deskUp To Date Interiors

Here are a few of my favorite serving trays.

Serving Trays

Rattan Serving Tray / Green Serving Tray / Woodland Serving Tray




2.  Baskets

Beautiful and functional, baskets are also a great way to corral clutter.  As an added bonus, they also add texture to your space.

You can use baskets as art.  The baskets in this first picture were sold at West Elm a few years ago.  They aren’t available anymore and I’m still kicking myself I didn’t order them.  I haven’t been able to find a comparable knock off of them.

baskets on wall
Design Indulgence

This is a combination serving tray/basket.  Win/win.

baskets for storage

Heather Bullard

 Larger baskets are great for storage.

baskets under console

 MidWest Living

 Stack several sturdy lidded baskets to create an end table.

stacked baskets

via Pinterest

 Use them to store your extra pillows and throws for a beautiful yet functional display.

Basket for pillows and throws


Some of my favorite baskets from around the web.


decorative baskets

Lidded baskets / Houndstooth basket / Basket with handles


3. Cylinder Vases


Cylinder vases actually come in all shapes and sizes.  These are amazing for creating the height you need in your vignettes.  They’re great for displaying florals and branches.  You can also use them in the kitchen, I have one that I keep my lemons and limes in.  Or you can use them for seasonal displays, for example ornaments at Christmas. You could fill them with wine corks for added texture.  Or group several together for impact…the possibilities are endless.

Cylinder vase bar cart



Cylinder vase with greens



Cylinder vase farmhouse room



Cylinder vase white bedroom




This next photo is from the 2015 HGTV Dream Home.  I counted at least 10 cylinder vases throughout this house!

Dream home vases



cylinder vases

short square / tall cylinders / short cylinders



4. Mini  Boxwood Wreaths

I say mini because the small wreaths are more versatile than the larger ones.  After ordering one of these, I loved it so much I ordered a second one.  The third is on its way now.  🙂  Hang them from just about anywhere, set them on a shelf, or use around a candle as a centerpiece.  They also provide a natural element.

Preserved boxwood

The View Along Way



Boxwood wreaths on shelvesCountry Living 


Boxwood wreath trio

Via Pinterest


boxwood wreath on mirrorSimplicity In The South


boxwood on chair



clockwise:  8″wreath / 9″ set of four / 11″ wreath


5.  Sheepskin Rug

These little rugs are so versatile.  I ordered one awhile back to throw over a metal desk chair that needed some softening and I fell in love with the thing.  They work with just about any decor, and look amazing contrasted with wood elements.  The small Ikea rugs are so inexpensive, you could even get several and group them together for an area rug.


Chair with sheepskin rugThe Design Files


Sheepskin benchVia The Little Green Notebook


Sofa with sheepskinThereseromell


Sheepskin rug nurseryProject Nursery




Sheepskin over couchCentsational Girl 


Sheepskin bench



Sheepskin Rugs

21″ X 41″ / 39″ X 24″ / 2′ X 3′

So there you have your 5 most versatile decorating accessories! Aren’t they just the most hard-working little decor items?

Versatile Decorating Accessories

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27 thoughts on “The 5 Most Versatile Decorating Accessories

  1. I love serving trays! I have two – one for stationary supplies, and one that holds dog toys (really!). I got simple and cheap ones, and then modpodged pretty scrapbook papers to the inside tray bits and they’re awesome!
    [Stopping by from Your Designs This Time]

  2. These are some wonderful decorating ideas to get me thinking and spruce things ups a bit. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to have you share them with all of us at Motivational Monday Link Party. I know they will enjoy them as well.

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

  3. This list is amazing! Thanks for sharing. I love all of the ideas for using these pieces in different rooms of the home. You can never have too many cylinder vases!

  4. I love all of these! I hate buying something that I can only use once or in one way. Thanks for all the great inspiration. And thank you for sharing with us at Talented Tuesday. I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day and you join us again next week!

  5. Hi Roxanne!

    I love all of your ideas. I definitely agree with baskets and trays…can change them around and use them in every room. I think its time to invest in some cylinder vases, especially with spring and decorating with fresh flowers around the corner. Thanks so much for linking up with Pretty Pintastic Party!


  6. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Happy Valentines’ Day! Lou Lou Girls

  7. I have to agree with you…except for maybe the rug. I have an uber traditonal home so it might not work. I am always using trays and vases…and preserved boxwood. I am sheila from MyKentuckyLiving visiting from Marty’s link party.

  8. These are some awesome tips! Thanks so much for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope you come link up again this week. The party starts at 10pm Monday night!

  9. LOVE this post…thanks so much.
    I’ve been looking for a sheepskin rug…where can I order the mini wreaths and I find the beautiful glass vases at Goodwill a lot.
    Here from Marty’s

    1. Hey bj, Costco seems to carry sheepskin wreaths seasonally in the winter, and last winter they came in several colors. Hope this helps. Judy

  10. Great suggestions, very practical, inexpensive, and any of them would make a strong statement. Already have most of them (love, love, LOVE sheepskins), and will be shopping for a boxwod wreath. Anybody know of a chain store that carries them ie Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, even Walmart?


  11. Yes. Great tips. I need to utilize a serving tray more often, but I guess some of it’s b/c I LOVE using baskets of all kinds. Thanks for linking to Show Me Saturday!

  12. this was great information, and love those lil boxwood wreaths and will be trying to find someplace to
    get some. I love the clear glass cylinders too, they are very versatile as you say. Love the tray and
    basket ideas too. Not so sure about the sheep skin tho!! lol

    Thanks for a fun post, enjoyed it.
    Blessings, Nellie

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