The Accessory Your Room Can’t Live Without!

1. mirror
2. candle
3. plant/flowers
4. basket
5. tray

If you could only pick one, which of these five accessories would you say your room can’t live without? I vote for #1, mirror. I love how they instantly open up a room, and for me, the more sunshine the better. Wouldn’t be a cottage without it, right? But I must confess, I have a MAJOR basket fetish, so #4 is a very close second! Anybody else have a hard time resisting the little wicker wonders? :-)

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  1. Teacats says

    May I add another possible choice — books! I adore ALL of your choices — but my books (mostly decor books LOL!) must have a spot in any home! Let’s see: how about artworks? lamps? as more possible choices ……

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  2. Susie Harris says

    Now thats a hard one!… I guess I would say candles. no wait maybe a mirror,..ok can we have two things? hehe Susie H

  3. The Scarlett Rose Garden says

    Oh yes… mirrors first! Then plants/flowers, then candles. I love baskets too, have a zillion.
    I think plants soften a room instantly and make it look so lived in. We took all of ours out for the summer and our rooms seem so bare.

  4. Layla says

    Hi Jan!
    I considered books, art, lamps, etc, but the question started getting too broad. So out of the choices I listed, which is your pick? :-)

  5. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Mirrors are right up there for me too, followed by plants. I’m loving plants these days.

  6. Gretchen says


    Candles. As soon as I light a vanilla candle, I feel at home and relaxed.

    Love your blog and can’t wait to see how your progress on your cottage home.


  7. Teacats says

    Hmmmmmm — must go with your choice of mirrors too — since THAT section of any decor store draws me in like a moth to a flame …… but I do have baskets and trays (that usually hold candles BTW LOL!) by the dozens too!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  8. Magpie Interior Design says

    Oooooh. I am torn between mirrors and baskets (well, when I say baskets I am covering all things wicker/seagrass/banana leaf). With mirrors, I like the light and reflection. With baskets I like the added texture they add to a room. Since I think texture is very important… I say baskets. Yeah, baskets it is.

    PS. I am starting a new blog to chronicle our home reno. You have inspired me!

  9. LINDA says

    What a fun blog…and beautiful job you are doing on your cottage!! Sarah White drew me here, and you, Sis, are now in my fave blog list!

    Ok…to answer your question…no doubt about it, but plants, leaves, flowers. I am always filling pots and vases with palms and greens and flowers. Huge…small. A room can transform with some palms from the outside for me!

  10. Corinne says

    I love your blog, Layla. I am enjoying your remodeling and the front garden looks so wonderful. What a great Mom you have! I would have to agree with teacats….books. OMG-there is not one room in my home without books. They are everywhere, on every subject! I also would have to go with candles as a tie with books!