And no, we're not just talking pillows. We're talking about lamps, rugs, curtains, wall decor, picture frames, books, vases, flowers – you name it!
Once upon a time, 'home' was nothing but a place you slept, got dressed and occasionally cooked. You'd come and go. You'd hoover only when it was absolutely necessary and up until recently, you'd didn't even realise just how charmless and outdated your home had become.
Now, after spending several months stuck indoors, 'home' is: an office, a restaurant, a gym, a bar, a spa, a beach, a library, a cinema and even a school which means it's the perfect time to give your space a makeover.
Sure, you already painted your walls three different colours - that's called week two of lockdown. You may have even gotten around to finally framing all those prints you collected over the years but somehow, everything still feels the same.
Just how re-organising your wardrobe won't suddenly give you new clothes, painting your walls a slightly darker shade of grey won't makeover a room. Cue accessories.
When redesigning any space, no matter how large or small, there is one element that should never ever be overlooked: accessories. Without accessories, your spaces, no matter how beautifully decorated or furnished, will be left looking and feeling incredibly unloved and borderline boring. Think of accessories as the icing on a cake, offering visual interest, and detail.
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And no, we're not just talking pillows. We're talking about lamps, rugs, curtains, wall decor, picture frames, books, vases, flowers – you name it! These are pieces that add layers to a room, and essentially complete and pull your living space together.
That said, accessory shopping can be a daunting task. First, there's deciding on a theme. Then, there's the dreaded decision of figuring out how many pillows are too many pillows (hint: the limit does not exist) and that's all before finding a store that not only matches your aesthetic but has everything you want under one roof. Well, luckily, such a store exists:
Ventura Design, Ireland’s leading interior design and bespoke manufacturing company, have recently ventured into the land of e-commerce launching The Ventura Essentials Collection. Carefully curated by Director and Founder, Arlene McIntyre, the collection showcase Ventura’s most sought-after products that the company has used to transform luxury homes and hospitality establishments since creating Ventura Design in 2005.
Ahead, we've compiled the best home accessories that'll transform a space quicker than the time it'll take for that second coat of paint to dry...
for the kitchen:
Pineapples are definitely having a moment in the interiors world right now, with both big brands and independent designers using them as inspiration for home decor accessories and soft furnishings, from bed linen to art prints. Our favourite way to use them? As decorative statues in the kitchen.
Golden Pineapple, €34, Ventura
We love to keep a candle burning in our kitchens to ensure that the heart of the home always smells amazing. This Japenese yuzu candle is deliciously scented with a blend of Japanese yuzu citrus and yuzu flowers creating a beautiful, clean and floral scent with soft citrusy notes. Citrus zest - yuzu, sweet mint, white musk.
Japanse Yuzu Candle, €34, Ventura
It's time to step up your storage game starting with this glass jar. Glass jars work well in small kitchens – the light shines through them making the space seem that much bigger. This retro shape would make a pretty showcase for pink wafers or jammie dodgers.
Glass Jar with Lid, €65, Ventura
for the living room:
Tap into the marble interiors trend with this decorative bust. Place on a coffee table with books, a vase and a candle or two and you'll have instantly elevated your coffee table game.
Disk Marble, €95, Ventura
It's a little known secret that mirrors hold the ability to open up a space better than a tin of white paint, transform your otherwise small living room into a large, spacious room with the aid of this round champagne mirror. It's screaming to be hung above your fireplace.
Mably Wall Mirror, €452, Ventura
One of the easiest way to transform a space is with lighting - it's also one of the most forgotten parts of your home. Dust off that old hand-me-down table lamp your mother-in-law gifted you twenty years ago and swap it out for this antique brass lamp.
Kenley Antique Brass Table Lamp, €324,75, Ventura
Chances are you're spending a lot more time indoors and while you have a whole host of other rooms to lounge in, you're favourite space is your living room. Fluff up your cushions, grab a cup of tea and snuggle up with this faux fur throw and get ready to binge Netflix all day long.
Dark Grey Throw, €695, Ventura
for the bedroom:
Cushions are essential for a super stylish bed. But how many? Three is a magic number in styling, or certainly an odd number, and maybe stick to under six in total in a Super King or King and three for a Single. Mix cushions in different shapes, colours, designs and textures for a current look, and display in a non-uniform arrangement. Start with a matching pair like these chevron cushions above..
Cushion Blush Option 10, €141, Ventura
The bedroom is a retreat, a place for relaxation and artwork should reflect that. The best walls for art in the bedroom are directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed. Large scale pieces are best and should be hung at eye level. Look for abstract pieces with soothing colours or tones. If you are into photography, landscapes or desaturated photos work best. Keep the frames minimal--a gallery frame or canvases work great as well. Here, we want to focus on the art piece itself and not so much its vessel.
It's time to give your jewellery and trinkets the home they deserve. Perfect on a nightstand or vanity table - you'll never tear your room apart looking for those drop pearl earrings again.
Polished Stainless Steel Box, €487, Ventura