The Six Best Decorating Staples To Always Have On Hand || Worthing Court

As a home decor blogger, my mission is to use my home to help inspire you to create a home that you and your family will love and be comfortable in.  And that my friends, means one thing – constantly changing up my decor!

Whether refreshing my home for the change of seasons or decorating for a holiday, things are always changing around here at Worthing Court.  There’s no fun or challenge in simply running out and buying something new every time I’m ready for a change.  I find it much more satisfying when I work to reuse as many items from my stash as I can.  If something doesn’t fit the look that I’m after, then I try to change it in some way so that it will. 

With that in mind, I’ve learned to keep a variety of decor staples in my arsenal.  Here’s my list of six that I can’t “live” without.

 

CRATES, BOXES, BASKETS AND TRAYS

Oh goodness – the possibilities of what can be done with these decorating staples are limitless!  You will frequently see me using a basket or tray as a backdrop to a vignette.  Sometimes having a solid piece behind your decor will give the area a more finished look.

 

CHRISTMAS IN MY BREAKFAST NOOK

You can see that I used not one, but two trays as a backdrop on the open shelves in my breakfast nook last Christmas.  The entire arrangement looks so much better to me than if there was just bare wall showing.  Plus, a tray in the back helps your decorations to pop!

Christmas open shelves decorated using tartan plaid plates and mugs

 

BOOKCASE MAKEOVER – TRADITIONAL CHERRY TO FARMHOUSE FAB

Trays are awesome for grouping items together and giving them importance.  The three plants grouped together on a small tray on this bookcase look so much better than if three pots were just lined up in a row.

A pair of dark and dated cherry finish bookcases were totally transformed with paint and the addition of a diy farmhouse sliding barn door || Worthing Court

 

OLD BOOKS

DINING ROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL – BEFORE AND AFTER

I hoard old books and use them everywhere!  I’m very picky about which old books I hoard though.  I typically look for books with black covers and/or black spines.  My favorite trick for using books is to add height to lamps, vases, containers – you name it.

Farmhouse dining room makeover featuring a diy planked wall, Fixer Upper style diy hanging lanterns and a vintage mantel turned into a display shelf || Worthing Court

 

SHUTTERS AND BIFOLD DOORS

SCREEN PORCH REVEAL

I rarely pass shutters and bifold doors up if I find them a great price.  Talk about something that makes a great backdrop!  This area on our back porch wouldn’t look nearly as inviting without the set of bifold doors that I have standing behind the chest.

Screen porch makeover before and after || Worthing Court

 

DINING ROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL – BEFORE AND AFTER

I added hanging plates to the shutters flanking the mirror in my dining room.  Sometimes, I even hang tiny wreaths on the front of the plates when doing seasonal decorating.

Farmhouse dining room makeover featuring Martha Washington chairs upholsterted with gray and white buffalo chick fabric || Worthing Court

 

 

LANTERNS

FALL FRONT PORCH

Lanterns are super easy to fit into your decor!  I believe there’s a style for every taste and budget out there.  I like to use them in unexpected ways, such as when I used lanterns in my fall planters as candle holders.

Fall On My Suburban Farmhouse Front Porch || Worthing Court

 

DISHES AND SERVEWARE

SPRING IN MY BREAKFAST NOOK

I love, love, love decorating with dishes!  I hang them on the wall, I stack them on a pedestal and I fill tool boxes with them on the shelves in my breakfast nook.  My everyday dishes are white – Mikasa Italian Countryside, but I love sprinkling in a few seasonal colored ones.  My favorite resource for dishes to decorate with is the dollar store.

Open rustic industrial farmhouse shelves decorated for spring || Worthing Court

 

WREATHS 

HOW TO STYLE A FARMHOUSE BOARD AND BATTEN WALL

Oh, how I love wreaths!  I have them everywhere around my home.  It’s really hard for me not to go overboard with them.  

How To Style A Farmhouse Board And Batten Wall || Worthing Court

 

HOW TO MAKE A MOSS COVERED WREATH

I keep a supply of wreath forms and grapevine wreaths in my stash so that I don’t have to run out to the store every time I want to make one.

Step by step directions for making this easy moss covered wreath || Worthing Court

When I’m shopping, I’m always on the lookout for a great price on certain items that I’ll be able to use over and over to give the decor in my home a fresh look!  How about you – do you have favorite decorating staples that you like to use?

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