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WV Design Team: Making your home a place you love – Charleston Gazette |

WV Design Team: Making your home a place you love – Charleston Gazette

Creating a beautiful home is a journey I have been on for as long as I can remember. Both professionally and personally, it is the path I have chosen.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than to help create an environment that makes people happy as they walk through their front door. From Nana’s china cabinet that I rearranged constantly to the homes of family and friends, I get endless pleasure from seeing rooms come alive with style and panache.

There are so many details that go into the making of a home. My mantra is always, “Good design takes time.” I say that a lot!

It takes patience in the planning stages and patience to wait for the completion. But the reward is a home that you love and that continues to grow with you through the years.

As far as the details go, accessories are the icing on the cake. They can be added, subtracted and moved to give a room, a tabletop, or a kitchen counter new life.

I am always on the lookout for new trends in accessories. I walk the floors of all the furniture markets looking for something that will be the piece de resistance on any coffee table.

Here is a list of a few accessories that can help give your living room, bedroom, porch or kitchen a shot in the arm. Think of them as vitamins to help kick up the energy in some of your tired rooms.


Monogrammed items can add a personal touch to many areas of your home. Monogrammed napkins can often be found at antique shops and flea markets. The actual initials don’t really matter. Just search for the beauty of the monogram. They can be a real conversation piece. I always think the original owner would be so happy to know they are still being used and admired.

I love monogrammed pillows. Adding one to a sofa in a living room or a family room can be a personal touch that looks just right. I prefer a graphic contemporary monogram for these rooms. Sometimes I use just one initial, often it is a lowercase letter followed by a period. It is a fun way to be creative.

Bedrooms are a place to be more traditional with your monogram style. We use them in coverlets as well as pillows. But, again, just choose one spot to sport your initials.


Bowls, vases and sculptures are always welcome additions to add color and interest to any area of your home. A cluster of blue and white vases and jars on the top of a cabinet or on a buffet never fails to deliver impact.

A large sculptural bowl on a dining room table or a coffee table can add simple style with a punch. It is not necessary to fill the bowl on a daily basis, but adding fresh flowers can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.

A pair of matching vases on a mantle gives symmetry, balance and an eye-catching point of interest to your room. Look for vases that are colorful and can pull color from your fabrics and artwork.


From family heirlooms found in your grandparents’ attic to children’s finger painting, artwork can be one of the most original ways to accessorize. Your artwork can be a collection of the things you love. Paintings of botanicals or bird prints can be collected and hung together behind your sofa, up your stairway or stacked together in place of a piece of furniture on a lonely wall.

I always urge people not to hang just one painting on every wall. Shake it up by stacking art and using both mirrors and plates to break up the wall decor. We are always on the search for art that looks original and can deliver an “ah” moment in every home.

Shake up the ordinary

The most important accessory you bring to your home is you. The energy and commitment you possess to make your environment interesting, beautiful and fresh cannot be emphasized enough. It does not take a huge budget to have a lovely home, but it does take a commitment to search for ways to shake up the ordinary. Take a sunny Saturday morning and walk through your home with a fresh eye. Declutter, move things around, add some fresh flowers and pat yourself on the back for what you have created.

Walk the journey with me. Creating a home that you love is a passion that never grows old.

Based in Charleston, Pat Bibbee has been designing homes and commercial spaces for more than 25 years.

More information about Pat Bibbee Designs can be found at www. Bibbee can

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