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Must-Have Decorating Essentials: Dive into My Design Hideaway

By 01/25/20247 Comments

If you’ve been following me for awhile you probably know that styling is my absolute favourite. It’s the part of every project that I CANNOT WAIT to get to!

In this week’s Colour Rescue episode, I’m taking you on a tour of my own accessories garage let’s call it hideaway… and walking you through the essentials of styling. 

What are the essentials for decorating and styling?

So, what exactly is styling?

While decorating is adding layers to a room like textiles and lamps, styling is creating the personality and stories with accessories.  Creating charming vignettes and tablescapes. The fun part!

Maria Killam's styling garage

See what it takes to create charming vignettes to give your room that storied look full of personality.

Here are a few examples of tablescapes and vignettes from some recent projects.

vignette with coral

A pedestal of coffee table books turn tchotchkes into art.


candlesticks in tablescape

Perfect candlesticks are a must!

kalanchoe in a vase vignette

And everyone needs a collection of vases!

The Styling Essentials Every Decorator Needs

Watch the video for more styling tips!

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  • Laura says:

    Hi Maria, I’ve been following you for years and I have to say this is one of my favorite videos ever! Entertaining and chock full of great advice. As a homeowner, I like how you explain why a decor piece is needed, instead of just saying to “buy this.” Function is so important and you think out of the box.

  • Joanna says:

    The first thing that caught my eye was your outfit. It’s right on trend with the cropped straight leg jean and shorter bomber style jacket. It looks youthful! Love it! And the hat is the icing on the cake,
    It’s lovely having a small garage set up as your accessory space. Everything is organized and easy to see what you have to choice from. Word of warning though – mice might get into your garage and ruin some of your decor. It happened to a neighbour and upholstered pieces were ruined. Hope you have traps set out.
    I really need to up my candle holder game. I’m still in the world of pillar candles and they are outdated. I’ve hesitated to replace them because they were expensive and you reminded me to not be cheap and spend the money.
    I saw a gorgeous lamp last week but walked away from it. I couldn’t get out of my mind so even though I have no idea where I am going to put it, I hurried back hoping it was still there . It was! As Maria always says “You can’t have too many lamps”. lol

  • Sandy says:

    On flowers: Sorry to be a curmudgeon on this subject, but I quit buying flowers when I read about the cost to our environment of flying them here from South America — example from one of many articles ” In 2018, environmental researcher Brandon Graver estimated that flying roses from Colombia to America emits approximately 360,000 metric tons of CO2 every year. “To put this number into context,” he writes, “according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a forest larger than the area of Houston would be needed to sequester that amount of carbon.”

    To me, plastic isn’t any better, since it’ll end up in our landfills. Before downsizing to a condo I grew bulbs in vases, then replanted them outside or composted them. Now that’s not an option, and surprise, my Christmas Cactus that blooms a few times a year is now plenty for me. When I want to see more, I go to the Botanical Garden. Flowers in our homes are not so beautiful when you consider the real cost.

    • Geralyn says:

      Just an FYI. Florists in some areas sell locally farm raised roses. It’s a niche market that, for some, might be worth looking into.

    • LenaM says:

      Farmers’ markets have beautiful local flowers in season.

  • LenaM says:

    I get a little uneasy seeing all those beautiful fragile items above a concrete floor (or perhaps I am just clumsy).
    Maybe add a colorful indoor/outdoor rug?

  • Shoshana T says:

    What’s your favorite store for getting high quality fake flowers?

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