I don't really believe in accessory shopping for my clients. Occasionally, this frustrates the client a bit, but I believe quite sincerely, that any objects in a house should be there because they have personal importance. The client is encouraged seek out items on their travels and to purchase items that they have a strong attraction to. For clients on a budget I often suggest that childrens artwork can be framed, a travel snapshot can be blown up, family memorabilia can be displayed, and student art can be purchased. With some of my clients who might have larger budgets I will encourage them to start collections of art and objects. I have introduced more than a few clients to my favorite local gallery SKEW and any of the iconoclastic items available at Kit Interior Objects will be treasured for years.
Personally I love handmade objects. This summer I purchased a set of these hand hammered copper bowls from a craftsman during a street fair in Invermere BC. I love the way they refract the light and I can't wait to show them off next time I serve a nice Indian dinner with friends.
The hand thrown white ceramic bowl was purchased in Val Marie Saskatchewan, a tiny hamlet just north of Grasslands National park. I love the weight of it and the smoothness of the glaze. Come to think of it, I also purchased a fabulous small painting at a gas station in rural Alberta (the owner is a painting hobbyist).
Throwaway trends and accessories simply don't make sense to me. It's not environmental and it doesn't add any real sense of place or personal history. I understand the sense of urgency many clients have to "complete" their decorating but I encourage them to allow the decor to complete itself in a more organic way. I suggest my clients save up and buy the items they will want to keep for a lifetime. :)