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Pretty Interior Embellishments

Home accents lend style by adding sparkle and shine

Written by Clara Haneberg
  • Marco Ricca

    Jewelry dresses up fashion, but what about your home? See how drawer pulls, mirrors, art, and other interior accents turn up the glamour. 

    A series of circular mirrors crowns the peacock-hued bed in this serene Hamptons bedroom by Jen Going. The silver-gray grass cloth wrapping the walls reminds the designer of a classic summer-weight suit. A triptych from Trowbridge introduces cool hues and an oceanic aura.  

    Design: Jen Going

    Click here to see more of this family-friendly Hamptons retreat.

  • Karyn Millet

    Whimsical Objects

    To further evoke this beach home’s oceanic theme, designer Taylor Borsari ornamented the living room mantel with a shapely octopus object. A Beachwood mirror and a warm-white palette complete the seaside retreat. 

    Design: Taylor Borsari

    See how the nearby ocean influenced this family beach home. 

  • Caroline Allison

    Obelisk Opulence 

    Designer Julie Couch selected a grouping of glass obelisks to adorn the bedside table of this Nashville bedroom. The translucent objects emphasize the space’s soothing atmosphere—note the dark-gray walls and the blue-velvet screen extending beyond the bed.  

    Design: Julie Couch          

    This Nashville home is the perfect mix of masculine and refined. 

  • Dustin Peck

    Posh Pulls 

    This Charlotte, North Carolina, closet by Gray Walker boasts ample storage space that’s not only functional, but fashionable too—note the built-in drawers sporting powder-blue paint and jewel-like pulls. Foo dogs and color-infused artwork insert playful appeal. 

    Design: Gray Walker

    See more of this expertly appointed closet.

  • Julie Soefer

    Sit Pretty

    Designer Marie Flanigan opted for nailhead trim and pull detailing to dress up the tufted linen chairs surrounding the oak dining table in this Houston home. The antique-brass finish contrasts well with the chair’s white linen. “You can bleach it if you need to,” says Flanigan of the Perennials indoor-outdoor fabric. 

    Design: Marie Flanigan

    This neutral Houston home has loads of memorable texture.  

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Lavish Lighting

    Designer Melanie Turner knows how to set the scene for a Saturday night dinner party. Covered in tulle for a party-ready ambience, the “Adriana” crystal chandelier from Ralph Lauren steals the spotlight overhead. Complementing sconces dripping in crystals keep to the glitzy theme. 

    Design: Melanie Turner

    Click here to see the rest of this elegant Atlanta dining room.

  • John Bessler

    Divine Dinnerware

    Think of tableware as practical decorations for your dining table. Here, designer Christina Murphy pairs crystal glasses with gold-infused plates and flatware. The end result: an extravagant setting for a home-cooked meal. 

    Design: Christina Murphy 

    Click here to see this classic Connecticut home’s unexpected makeover.

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Hood Envy 

    A focal-point range and coordinating black-and-brass vent hood grab eyes in this Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Showhouse kitchen designed by Matthew Quinn. The architecture of the 1920s house is highly decorative—“almost wedding cake-like,” Quinn says—and the curved lines of the hood reflect those elements. 

    Design: Matthew Quinn 

    Click here to see more of this vintage kitchen’s glossy update.

  • John Merkl

    Chic Sink

    Artisan hand-painted tiles and a polished-brass faucet serve as eye-catching upgrades in this California kitchen designed by Cecily Mendell. The accordion-style folding window above the sink opens to an outdoor countertop serving and dining area. So convenient!

    Design: Cecily Mendell

    Click to see more of this refined California ranch.

  • Francesco Lagnese

    Haute Hardware

    Designer Robert Schwartz accessorized this kitchen’s custom-designed black cabinets with glittering Swarovski hardware and delicate bead trim painted silver. “I added the silver bead inside the recessed panels for detail and to correlate with the stainless steel accents,” he says. White quartzite slab countertops lend elegance to the space while proving durable and easy-care work surfaces.  

    Design: Robert Schwartz

    Click to see more of this captivating kitchen renovation.

  • Werner Straube

    Mirrored Screen 

    “We didn’t want a pass-through entry,” says Denise Rinfret, who with Missy Rinfret Minicucci designed the inviting foyer with expansive ceiling. An opulent mirrored quatrefoil screen gives the open space an intimate feel while obscuring the back stairwell. A silk rug echoes the geometric print underfoot. 

    Design: Denise Rinfret and Missy Rinfret Minicucci

    Take a tour of the entire Hampton Designer Showhouse.

  • Gordon Beall

    Ginger Jars

    Blue-and-white ginger jars add volume and pattern to the windowsill of the Washington, D.C. dining room by designer Marika Meyer. The porcelain pieces contrasted well with the more-contemporary takes of the color scheme found on the dinnerware and chair-backs. 

    Design: Marika Meyer

    Click here to see more of this exotic DC Design House dining room.

  • Werner Straube

    Sculpture & Art

    Art is a must when embellishing any home. Here, a sculpture of a woman and a graphic painting by Tony Tasset command attention in this Chicago brownstone by Lonni Paul. 

    Design: Lonni Paul

    Tour the rest of this stylish home.

  • Emily Gilbert

    Lovely Lock

    To add an air of authenticity, designer Jenny Wolf replaced this New York apartment’s existing hardware. New brass rim locks from Baldwin, distressed to look antique, serve as unexpected eye candy throughout the interior. 

    Design: Jenny Wolf

    See more of this New York apartment with old-world touches.

  • Paige Rumore

    Antique Silver

    Antique salt-and-pepper shakers team with a vintage silver vase to assume the role of centerpiece in this dining room designed by Rachel Halvorson. Blue hydrangeas add a pop of color, making the vessel simultaneously casual and stylish.  

    Design: Rachel Halvorson

    Click to see more of this fabulous but functional home for a family of six.

  • Graham Yelton

    Mirror, Mirror

    A yellow mirror from Horchow adds a blast of color to the entry of this Birmingham, Alabama, home designed by Dana Wolter. The metallic Thibaut wallcovering with botanical design guarantees a glamorous first impression. 

    Design: Dana Wolter

    See why this neutral Alabama home is anything but boring.

  • Jean Allsopp