Now that the holiday season is over, and the halls have been undecked, we’re betting things are looking a little dreary around the house.
Perhaps a little sparkle – either literal or figurative – is just what the place needs to make it through the rest of winter. A little something with a splash of a new color, a little shine, a touch of warmth that will make a décor style statement.
Think of it as a piece of jewelry for the house.
In honor of a fresh start in 2013, here are some suggestions that may give you your own ideas.
Snag a rug
An accent rug works by highlighting an area or vignette, with or without wall-to-wall underneath. The overstated and eye-catching shaginess of this 3-by-5-foot rug for $318 at Cindy Friend Boutique in Covington Plaza can feel 1970s retro or contemporary. And who wouldn’t fall for the power of the flower pillows? $49 each. A chair for $1,920 completes the look.
World is a wonderful place
And this functional globe lamp by the late glass artist Richard J. Keeley of Fort Wayne can inspire wonder with its 435 individual pieces of hand-set stained glass, says Judi Wire, owner of Great Panes Glass Co., 1307 Wells St., where it can be admired and purchased. At $435, it’s a spectacular statement splurge.
Mirror on the wall
With days short and sunlight spotty, why not add something to maximize light in a dark entry or over a fireplace? This 20-by-18-inch mirror in a white frame is $56 at Nature’s Corner Antique Mall, 2307 Spy Run Ave.
Touch of nature
Crafted of birch bark and willow twigs by Indianapolis-area artist/rustic furniture maker Greg Adams, this is billed as a vase, but would also do fine for storage in a family room or bath. Fill it with real or silk pussywillows or forsythia a few weeks from now. At the Paradigm Gallery shop at the Fort Wayne Art Museum, 311 E. Main St., $40; accompanying bent willow branch basket perfect for towels, soaps or fruit, $45. Similar items available through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silk flowers in any style or colors you like anticipate the season to come and provide nonseasonal décor. This 22-inch-high collection of peonies, roses and dogwood on a slice of tree branch attached to a metal stand is created by Yolanda. At the art museum’s Paradigm Gallery shop; $147.
Bronze is one of the hot metallics for home décor, and this zigzag patterned vase would find a nice home as part of a grouping on a mantel or shelf or singly on an entry stand or table filled with curvy twigs to balance its angular lines; at Kohl’s, $29.99.
If it’s new to your house, an older or antique item can perk up a look by adding its mature personality. This 8-inch milk glass oil lamp with its tiny pink china rosette trim can quaintify a bedside table, windowsill, mantel, shelf or bathroom nook. With other similar styles at Nature’s Corner; $9.
Sleeker than sleek
When simpler is better, go for these silvery-finished metal bowls as a spotlight centerpiece; even empty, they make a statement on a contemporary dining table or in a bath. At Cindy Friend Boutique, $90 and $75.
Think of this hanging as jewelry for a window – touches of garnet and amethyst, fire opal and blue topaz make for an unusual and richly satisfying combination. The style? A little Victorian, a little Mardi Gras and contemporary as can be. At Great Panes Glass, $200.
Hang some warmth
Don’t just hang a picture on a bare wall – hang a fireplace that’s as pretty as a piece of art. This copper-finished gel-fueled wall-mountable fireplace adds bona-fide warmth to a home while making a dramatic focal point – maybe for that bare wall where the tree used to be. It’s functional décor for $246.49 at www.kohls.com.