What's the Best Home Décor Accessory?

'What's the best home décor accessory?' It's kind of a silly question, isn't it? When you think of all of the accessories you can add to a home – pillows and throws, baskets and boxes, artwork and sculpture, light fixtures and accent furniture – how could you possibly pick just one? But, along with other topics such as which shade of white is the absolute best, these are the kinds of questions interior designers ponder.

If we were headed to a deserted island and had to choose just one type of home accessory, it would be glass. Think of all the things which are rendered in glass: Stemware and serving pieces; light fixtures and candle holders; artful objects and household necessities. And consider its limitless looks: Clear or colored; weighty or paper thin; translucent or almost opaque; brushed or polished. Glass really is the clear winner. 

These are a few of our favorite [glass] things:

At Welch Company: A collection of glass spheres in a variety of beachy blues arranged in a jute-covered tray; an effortless way to add an impact to any room. 

At Welch Company: A collection of glass spheres in a variety of beachy blues arranged in a jute-covered tray; an effortless way to add an impact to any room. 

From one of our interior design projects: This kitchen has a fairly low ceiling. By arranging a collection of vintage glass bottles on an open shelf, the eye is drawn up making the ceiling feel higher and the space more open.

From one of our interior design projects: This kitchen has a fairly low ceiling. By arranging a collection of vintage glass bottles on an open shelf, the eye is drawn up making the ceiling feel higher and the space more open.

At Welch Company: These hanging light fixtures range from classic New England to coastal with a vintage vibe to cool and contemporary, but all have one thing in common...glass.

At Welch Company: These hanging light fixtures range from classic New England to coastal with a vintage vibe to cool and contemporary, but all have one thing in common...glass.

From one of our interior design projects: This oversized coffee table, which has both a glass top and lower shelf, is substantial enough to feel proportional in the large room but doesn't feel too weighty. A trio of glass orbs in a burnt orange hue seem to glow when the light hits them just right.

From one of our interior design projects: This oversized coffee table, which has both a glass top and lower shelf, is substantial enough to feel proportional in the large room but doesn't feel too weighty. A trio of glass orbs in a burnt orange hue seem to glow when the light hits them just right.


A Beach House for All Seasons

It's the middle of January. Now that all of your holiday decor has been put away, do you find the coastal style of your home feeling a little chilly and uninviting? While the pastel hues of sea and sand, and an uncluttered look, are just perfect in the carefree summer months, you may want to introduce a few things to create a cozier feel in the winter. 

Add Table Lamps: In August, when the twilight seems to last forever and you're outside all of the time, wall sconces and ceiling lights can suffice. But when the dark hours of a day seem to last forever, a room needs more light. Adding table lamps to a room sprinkles the space with soft pools of light, creating visual focal points and adding a sense of warmth to the overall space. Putting a lamp on a small table next to an overstuffed chair can give an awkward corner a sense of purpose. Instead of feeling random, it becomes a cozy reading nook.

Photos from our recent interior design projects and vignettes at the shop.

Photos from our recent interior design projects and vignettes at the shop.

Get Cozy with Pillows & Throws: This suggestion seems quite obvious, doesn't it? But even if your sofa is always filled with perfectly-plumped pillows, consider swapping them out for something with more texture in the winter months. It can completely transform a room. Switch those feather-light linen pillows with fun faux fur ones or choose a plush chenille. Add cashmere or heavy-weight cotton throws to a room - Brahms Mount has great ones - that are large enough to make cold nights feel like the perfect time to cuddle rather than something to be dreaded. 

A faux fur throw and stacks of pillows make this space so inviting; from one of our interior design projects on Cape Cod.

A faux fur throw and stacks of pillows make this space so inviting; from one of our interior design projects on Cape Cod.