Styling Essentials We Suggest for That Finished Look

Styling Essentials We All Need

We’ve all hit that decorating wall, haven’t we? Even for us designers who adore crafting the perfect ambiance, there are moments when a space just feels … incomplete. It’s like we’re standing in the middle of the room, surrounded by décor possibilities, but unsure how to bring it all together into a cohesive, polished expression of our personal style.

I’ve worked through areas in my own home that I felt were unfinished and lacked personality, and I’m here to tell you what has worked for me throughout years of trial and error. I encourage you to follow this step by step “guide” to help you get the look you desire! 

Your Styling Secret Weapon

If there’s one thing I swear by when it comes to styling, it’s the power of a good ol’ book. First off, let’s talk about stacking. A neat stack of your favorite reads, topped with a chic vase or a quirky trinket, is an instant style boost! Whether you’re working with a coffee table, a side table, or even an empty shelf crying out for attention, a well-stacked pile of books can work wonders in adding height to your space.

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Next up, propping. Ever struggled to fill that awkward gap on your shelf or mantel? Simply prop some books up against the wall, or nestle them between other decorative objects to create a dynamic display that’s as eye-catching as it is effortless. Don’t be afraid to mix it up – play with different sizes, colors, and genres to add personality and depth to your arrangement. 

Now, let’s talk about displaying books open (his one’s a personal favorite of mine). There’s something so inviting about an open book, don’t you think? Whether it’s a novel with dog-eared pages or a stunning coffee table book filled with emotional photography, displaying books open adds a touch of warmth and charm to any space. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter for guests who can’t resist peeking inside!

The books that I use time and time again: Shop our favorites on our Amazon Storefront.


Textural Touches

All right, let’s peek into the world of texture and how you can use it to level up your décor game! We’re talking baskets, woven trays, and picture frames – the MVPs of adding depth and dimension to your space. 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Baskets are not only practical for stashing away clutter (because let’s face it, we all have it), but they also bring a cozy, earthy vibe to any room. 

Beyond their practicality, woven trays serve as stylish foundations for vignettes, allowing you to showcase your favorite décor pieces with flair. The texture of woven materials like rattan or seagrass adds visual interest and complexity to your tabletops or shelves, elevating your design scheme from ordinary to extraordinary.

And finally, picture frames. The right frame can complement your artwork or photographs, adding depth and richness to your walls and shelves. Opting for frames with interesting textures – think hammered metal or reclaimed wood – not only enhances the visual appeal of your display, but also ties in with the overall theme and style of your space. 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Crafted Charm: Elevating Your Space with Handmade Ceramics

Curate a collection of ceramics, each lovingly crafted by hand and varying in height and tone. Imagine tall vases with cute little bowls, each one adding its own vibe to the mix. And the colors? Think earthy tones, soft pastels, and maybe a pop of bright color here and there. 

Whether it’s something passed down from your grandmother or a new piece you picked up at the local market, styling with a mix of old and new will give you a very eclectic vibe. Handmade pieces are full of history, and are key for giving your home that lived-in aesthetic. It will only make it more homey and inviting for yourself and your guests! 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Treasure Trove: Adding Personality with Found Objects

Okay, let’s dive into the world of found objects – the hidden gems that add a touch of magic to your space. We’re talking cool pieces like crystals, original art, shells, petrified woods, sculptures, a vintage magnifying glass – you name it. These items can often times be collected during a wanderlust trip, a trip to a vintage store, or even a second hand store.

I’m always telling my clients to incorporate pieces like these into their décor. Why? Because they’re not just decorations – they’re memories. Whether it’s a crystal you picked up on a hike, a shell from a beach vacation, or an antler you found on a camping trip, each piece tells a story. And, when you surround yourself with these little treasures, you’re not just styling your home – you’re creating a space that’s uniquely you.

So, next time you’re out and about, keep an eye out for those special finds. Whether it’s in a different city, on a special trip, or just in your own backyard, collect things that really resonate with you. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about making your space feel like home and giving it the jewelry it needs to shine. 🌟

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Hi! We are Clouz Houz.. Follow along for home renovation tips, interior design inspo, living a slow lifestyle, and of course making time for simple pleasures like cooking, entertaining and some self care..

We have changed our lives realizing our motto : Life is Short. Make it Beautiful. ✌️

About 5 ½ years ago, we had a real eye-opener experience. After 20 years in the financial industry,, Derrick lost his job. If it hadn’t been for that, I’m not sure we would be on this journey today. But it was then when we truly realized we were not happy with where we were in life. Our life was moving at an extremely hectic and fast pace and we were having a hard time keeping up. We needed to find ways to slow it down. I truly believe the universe had a plan for us because our life trajectory was forever changed. It was then when we came up with our motto and promised ourselves to live by it that day forward.

We picked up our family and moved to Bend, Oregon for a simpler way of living and a fresh perspective on life. We had always dreamed of what it would be like to live here, so we took it as an opportunity to make it happen.

We realized our passion for investing in our personal homes over the years was real… we’ve lived in nine homes (soon to be 10) and flipped three houses over our 26 years of marriage. Each home holds a special place in our hearts…full of memories made in them. Ha, we can’t say it was always a walk in the park- designing and renovating homes involves not only time, energy, money and sweat equity; but also lessons in patience, diligence and grit.

Derrick set out and studied for his General Contractor and Real Estate license so we could continue to invest in homes for resale, but also to partner with me acting as Principal Designer for client projects. I am a self-taught interior designer that has worked in the industry for the past 20 years. We founded Clouz Houz in 2021. Some may think starting a business in our 50s would be just as hectic, but for us, doing what we love makes it all easier.
Transport yourself to spring in Italy ☀️ A year ago this month, I had the opportunity to go on an unforgettable journey to Firenze for a @boxwoodavenue retreat. 

Surrounded by like-minded creatives, I immersed myself in the rich history of Italy’s streets, indulged in cooking classes, scoured antique markets for hidden treasures and learned from local artisans about their centuries old techniques. That trip left an indelible mark on my creative soul, reshaping my design perspective and inspiring me to embrace timeless classics and heirloom pieces. Italy truly is a place where creativity thrives, and I’m forever grateful for the experience. 

If you ever have the chance to visit, seize it! And if you’re already planning a trip, here are my top 5 must-do’s: 
1. Learn the art of making fresh pasta.
2. Lose yourself in the vintage flea markets for unique finds.
3. Experience the charm of Il Salviantino hotel - every corner is a photo op!
4. Savor some of the best espresso martinis (IMO)!
5. Join a guided walking tour to learn and soak in the sights effortlessly.
Join me behind the scenes as I add the finishing touches to our Tumalo kitchen! We sourced these brass pulls from @sumnerstreethardware. We then stumbled upon the coolest brand, @walnutstudiolo, known for their handmade leather hardware.

We opted for the the Tilikum + Flanders handles and the Oswego leather wraps for our kitchen. And let me tell you- these wraps are seriously ingenious! You simply wrap the leather around the handles for an instant rustic vibe. 

I’ve been itching to infuse a leather element into our kitchen design, and I have a feeling this is going to be just perfect. Stay tuned for the grand reveal – it’s all coming together so beautifully!