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I have a holding area for decor. Is that weird? Throughout our entire basement finishing project I have collected pieces I love here and there. It takes the pressure off trying to accessorize the space all at once.
By the way, have you heard what The Nester is doing? I love that girl…she is a genius. She is voiding her home of all accessories for the next 30 days. That means empty surfaces. She is going to let her home breathe, and learn what she misses most. I almost considered doing the challenge with her, but the timing is off for me. I am at a different phase in my home. The basement has breathed for years and I am ready to put it together. So while The Nester hides away her accessories, I am putting my hoard out in plain sight.
I bought this three-tiered turquoise cart for the studio. It was pure and simple love, but I had no plan for what to do with the cart. It sits neatly by my tri-color dresser. Incidentally, it has come to serve a very important role in my studio.
The cart is my holding area. It holds decorative items I am planning to use in the family room. It holds thrift store finds that have yet to find a home. When new decor comes into my home it goes here first until I decide where to put it.
I used to try to keep my decor stashed away. That technique works well for my party decor stored away in an armoire, which I use infrequently. But for home decor, out of sight is out of mind. I forget the things I have found and want to put on display.
I LOVE having my recent finds sitting on a cute little cart staring back at me. When I walk by they chant “use me, use me”…yes, in my world accessories are like the toys in Toy Story begging to be played with. Luckily for them they have a better chance of being used when they are out where I can see them.
Lets take a look at what’s on each shelf right now.
The top shelf is holding the corked glass jars I found at Savers. It is holding the cutest ever yellow lantern found at Home Goods. The tube mailer has two art prints I ordered for the basement mud room.
The middle shelf has a stack of cute grellow pots from Ikea, a vintage pyrex casserole dish filled with jumbo turquoise clothespins, a Martha Stewart recipe box that I have never used for recipes, my new vintage yellow tape dispenser, and a glass insulator cap.
Another bonus to putting everything on the holding cart is seeing how everything looks together. It is a bit of a pre-staging area. Right now as I collect items for the family room and basement kitchenette, the cart showcases yellow and turquoise finds. They all look so pretty together…I know I am on the right track for our fun, happy family room.