Elevating the Ordinary


Do you have a china cabinet full of items that almost never actually get used?
A cupboard with crystal from your wedding that’s maybe pulled out at Christmas dinner?
These are my favorite places to raid in homes I’m helping prepare to sell.

Using these pieces in an unexpected place or way is Elevating the Ordinary….Beautiful items creating elegant details.

This is a philosophy of Alexandra Stoddard, successful interior designer, author, lecturer.
I’m sharing her wisdom & advice on living beautifully….

“There are small, inexpensive changes we can make to bring more beauty into our moments and make every day special.”
[Yes – even you.  Using extraordinary items in ordinary ways is something anyone can do.]

“People’s basic living needs are remarkably simple, and they haven’t changed a great deal since the Stone Age.
We eat, sleep and bathe. We do these things every day.
Setting up beautiful details in these three areas can make an enormous difference to the quality of your life.”

Use the silver tray for soap & towels. Or fruit in the kitchen. Or maybe candles in the bedroom….

“Let your rooms radiate your love of living.”


Bedside elegance – a silver pitcher of flowers, a scented candle….a stack of books.

“It is in the small acts of our intimate, private, everyday lives that we experience the beautiful.”

Fill the crystal decanter with bath salts, leave it tub side with fresh soap and plush towels.

“A home should be an intimate autobiography of the things that you like”.

 Use beautifully patterned china saucers and bowls to store your jewellery.
Even inside a drawer….

“When we create little moments that are pleasing to our senses, especially our eyes, we elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary…”


Fresh herbs and a glass bottle of dish soap, placed on a simple tray by the sink – functional & beautiful.

“Home is not just a place to sleep; Home is where we house our souls.”

Pull out the silver, the crystal, the china, use it in unexpected ways.
Romance your soul.  Create moments of delight for yourself.
It’s your home, let it sing your song.

Live Beautifully.

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.


Link parties I participate in:
The DIY Showoff Project Parade; ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ Domestically Speaking ~ Somewhat simple ~House of Hepworths ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ French Country Cottage ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Addicted to Decorating ~ Stuff and Nonsense ~ Redoux ~ Vintage Inspiration ~ Finding Fabulous ~ Youaretalkingtoomuch ~ Under the Table and Dreaming ~ TodaysCreativeBlog ~ ProjectQueen ~

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.
Linking To: Between Naps on the Porch ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ JenniferRizzo ~ Dining Design + Diapers ~ Serenity Now~ Everyday Home~ NellieBellieBlissfully Ever AfterIt’s Overflowing ~ Remodelaholic ~ TheIdeaRoom

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  1. Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips says:

    Love this idea. Love the photos. Especially love the quotes.

    I found you at Addicted2Decorating’s Linky.

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