erin martin design

My dear friend Steve and I have known each other for a little more than 4 years.  Actually, I’ve known him a few weeks longer than I’ve been married, but I feel like we’ve known each other forever. 

He works at the trade showroom where I buy practically everything for clients (as well as my own house.)  Needless to say I spend a lot of time there looking through catalogs, selecting fabrics, and gabbing on and on about all things design, life, marriage, career, blah, blah, blah…

The whole crew also includes Donna, the owner, and Sterling who’s in sales.  These guys have been big supporters of me during these first few crazy years of business!  And I am thankful.

So, when Steve called me last week and left me a voicemail with this tease, “I’ve made up a new word, and it’s really good.  Call me back!”

Of course, I immediately dialed him, and when he answered I blurted, “So what’s your new word?” No greeting just the question.  

 He explained he’d been on a blind date the night before.  He drank wine and talked for a couple hours getting the “all about me’s” out of the way.  Then, in the midst of the conversation while attempting to explain what he does for designers during the day at the showroom, he said something about “necessary accessories.”  Then immediately he said, “Oh, I guess those would be called “naccessories.”

I really like words and of course this one inherently implies there is such a thing as a necessary accessory, or a naccessory, if you will. 

My favorite 12 naccessories now

fresh flowers

white orchids are perfection

 a vase (or two) for those fresh flowers

almost fresh flowers

preserved with glycerin to last forever

gourd lamps

bungalow 5 available through jci

bungalow 5 available through jci

cashmere throws

classic and comfy


julie couch interiors


by Cathy Lancaster


to hold your treasures



my whole heart for my whole life; available through jci


christie's auction house



great for the holidays and all year 'round


quirky yet so chic

 So, tell me, what can you not live without?

What’s your favorite naccessory?

 xo, jc





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5 Responses to naccessories

  1. Bill says:

    I love your blog!! I vote for books. Love bff

  2. Scarlett James says:

    Good photography is also a must (especially if you have little people :))

  3. I’m a fan of architectural elements. As accessories, and made into lighting. And books, books, books are my very favorite.

  4. Georgette says:

    Art, books, and unusual found objects!

  5. well, as i scrolled through there was a lot of oh-my-goodness-yes-i-do-need more of that! so, I’m going to head to the farmer’s market and get fresh flowers. they make the house come alive. and I need all the help I can get ’round here… And i’d have to say my favorite is original artwork..timeless investment.
    great piece! llj

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