If I ever won an academy award, I’d thank this hutch.
It’s been with me through four houses, the birth of four children, the discovery of Pinterest and seven different shades of red lipstick. I discovered it years ago in the back of a garage covered with tools and dripping paint and random bits of train track.
Good thing I speak abandoned hutch.
I thought it might be fun to decorate it (almost) four different ways with a little step by step on how I falled it up.
I’ll wait for you to grab refreshment.
Let’s go. 🙂
Remember that scene in Legally Blonde with the stop, drop and snap?
Decorating a hutch is a lot like that.
It’s the snap, drop and decorate.
There are basic principles with hutch decorating that are easy to follow and when you’re done, you’ll have a perfectly decorated fall hutch…
…or a date with the UPS man.
Take your pick.
1. Start with one basic element
Here, I started with this colorful plate in the center of the display.
I bought it a while back at Target because I love the colors.
It was the jumping off point for hutch number one. I pulled out the blues and reds from the plate and everything else fell into place.
2. Shop the house
You know when you go to the grocery store and you see the crackers shaped like stars with the cutest containers of dip next to them where the coffee display was last week and you think you yourself that you’ve never noticed them before and that you have to buy them because everyone needs star crackers?
The thing is, those crackers were there all along. The store just moved them where you could see them.
That’s a lot like shopping the house. These blue plates were stacked up in my living room with an acorn on top of them. No one visiting my house probably ever saw them.
But after I moved them to aisle 8?
You couldn’t help but notice them when you pushed your cart by.
You want to start with the display in the back.
That’s where the party happens.
Add a back layer to your shelves. You could choose picture frames or platters or cutting boards or a row of white plates like this.
Then add a second layer in front. You could choose vases or pumpkins or pedestals or cloches or milk glass or books or dishes.
You could even add a third layer with a wreath or artwork hung on the outside of the shelves of the hutch.
All those layers give the hutch a depth that makes it feel a little more finished.
4. Groups of three
I see you nodding. You get it. You understand. If you have watched HGTV for more than five minutes, you’ve already discovered this principle.
It bears repeating.
There’s something about odd number groupings that just makes the eye happy. Five works, too. But it’s so much easier to have three of something than five or seven or nine.
I love symmetry and its best friend, height.
After you’ve chosen your inspiration piece and shopped your house and layered in your pieces and grouped everything in threes, finish it off with a little symmetry on both sides.
In the first hutch, I added metal vases filled with flowers from the yard. In the second hutch, I didn’t have another lamp, so I tried to even it out with color and a grouping of three on the right side and with this hutch, I’ve added corn stalks.
The tall pieces on each side help to frame the hutch display and make it feel like you are a purposeful decorator.
Like you meant it to look just like this.
Because of course, you did.
And then….just when you are finished.
Just when you’ve used the stop, drop and decorate principles to perfection.
Just when you’ve styled three hutches and you’re ready to pack it up and call it a decorating day….
….a little serendipity comes along.
Like these glittered pumpkins I found tucked away in the bottom of a box in the attic.
I started to decorate a fourth hutch with glitter and sparkle and shine.
But the pumpkin had other ideas.
It decided it was going to throw all the rules and principles and suggestions and ideas out the window and tell the world that sometimes you just have to…
…let it shine. 🙂
PS Which hutch is your favorite?
Help me choose the best one for the magazine photo session this week. 🙂
PPS We are all doing amazingly well here at Thistlewood. Hallmark movies and Sonic slushies are doing the trick. And for everyone who asked about Whitney, the twin who had surgery for a detached retina….
….here’s her sweet smile.
Proof you can be joyful in all circumstances.
I love this girl with every ounce of my heart and then some. 🙂