How to Stay on Track When Buying Accessories for a Room (+ An ORC Update)

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My fellow home decor lovers might agree with me on this: it’s really hard to stay on track when buying accessories for a room because they’re ALL SO PRETTY! I love little knick knacks, artwork, fabric, and linens, so when I have a specific project I’m working on (like our master bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge), it’s sometimes tricky to narrow things down. Today, I’d love to share with you some of the accessories I’ve collected for our master bedroom so far, plus some tips to help you stay on track when you’re buying accessories for your own room.

French Country Linens & Accessories for Home Decor

I’m working towards a “Modern French Country” look for our master bedroom decor. French Country is a style I’ve always loved, and I think its naturally peaceful feel and vintage style really work for a bedroom design.

Here are some things I’ve collected so far for the room:

French Country Linens & Accessories for Home Decor

Chair: The Brick | Linen Pillow Cases: Taylor Linens | Wooden Sign: William Rae Designs | Candlestick, Vase & Clock: The Brick

I love handmade items like this wooden sign, and I was also very pleased with all of the vintage-styled accessories I found at my local Brick store. Every store carries a variety of different accessories, so it’s fun to see what I can find!

French Country Linens & Accessories for Home Decor

Chunky Knit Throw: DIY | Linen Pillowcase: Taylor Linens | Grey Stitch Drapes: DIY | Floral Fabric:

I’ve loved collecting all the textiles for this space. I’m trying so hard to stick with neutral colours, but I might throw a pop of floral in with some DIY throw pillows. We’ll see!

French Country Linens & Accessories for Home Decor

So, how can I stay on track when buying accessories for my room? Here are some tips:

  1. Have a mood board for your room
    A mood board is “an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.” I always like to create mood boards in my photo editing program before I start a room design to help me understand the style, colours, and feel I’m aiming for in a room. You can see my Modern French Country bedroom mood board here. You can make these digitally, or gather magazine images, fabric swatches, paint chips and photos and make one the old fashioned way – with glue and scissors.
  2. Set a budget
    Deciding on how much money you want to spend on your accessories will really help narrow down your options and keep you on track. It might also help narrow down the stores that you want to visit according to their price range.
  3. Get a second opinion
    Shop with a friend, show them your mood board, and ask them what they think of the accessories you want to purchase. Having a fresh set of eyes look at your options can be very helpful when making decisions.

It’s week 4 already of the One Room Challenge, can you believe it?! Now that I’m mostly done sorting out all of the room’s accessories, we’re onto the final stretch of the project. Make sure to click here to visit all of the other room makeovers as part of the ORC!

In case you missed them, here are the previous posts for this challenge:

Week 1: The Plan

Week 2: The Ceiling

Week 3: The Painting

Stay tuned for one final project in this room next week, and the final reveal on November 10th!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Brick. As always, all of the opinions here are my own. I only recommend companies that I use and love myself.


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