The Stuff of Life

 The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson Book Review and Givewawy via

The most memorable weddings are those that tell a story. The same is true of our homes. In her new book, The Stuff of Life, interiors stylist Hilary Robertson shares stunning images and thoughtful insights on our possessions, and what they reveal about our personalities. If you want to create a meaningful wedding celebration that truly reflects who you are as a couple, it’s as simple as looking around your living spaces and letting the colors, themes, and objects that you love serve as inspiration!

The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson

In The Stuff of Life, Hilary shares four methods for arranging the treasured objects and collections that we all seem to gather over time, and later in the book she discusses five categories of collectors and the various ways they approach styling the interiors of their homes. I find myself looking at this lovely book over and over, and I’m thrilled to offer a chance to win a copy to one of our readers! Just leave a comment on this post before midnight CST on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Best wishes to all the entrants!


The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson Glass Domes

I thought it would be fun to take some of my favorite images from the book and create inspiration boards based on them to inspire your handmade wedding celebrations. I loved the idea of the glass cloches above shown here with a seemingly random display of objects that in fact represent special memories and mementos.

Glass Cloche Centerpieces via

The first board I created takes the concept of the glass jars and turns them into beautiful centerpieces. Gather items that have special meaning to the bride and groom, whether it be favorite books, flowers, childhood mementos, photos, or travel souvenirs, and display them singly or in groups. Click the links below for all the details on the centerpieces shown here.

Cedarwood Weddings

Collage Interiors


My So Called Crafty Life

Unruly Things

The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson Pink and Black

If you’re seeking a color palette, look no further than the colors you’ve chosen for your walls, furniture, and accessories! I love the monochromatic scheme of this still life created by landscape gardener and florist Lindsey Taylor, captured beautifully in the chapter “How to Arrange Your Stuff.”

Wedding Mood Board Inspired by The Stuff of Life via

I created a mood board based on the black furniture, neutral accessories, and the soft pink blooms in the photo that creates a marriage of sophisticated minimalism with a soft, romantic vibe. You can do the same for your wedding by taking   the time to look at the colors of your home or wardrobe and incorporating those into your wedding decor!

The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson Eiffel Tower

Whether it’s a theme based on your travels or dream destinations,

 The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson Coral

the objects you gather while beachcombing or hiking,

The Stuff of Life Hilary Robertson Noble Salvage

or the vintage treasures you’ve collected along the way, look around at your home, your hobbies, and your interests for inspiration, and let your personality shine through in the way you style your wedding!

The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson (photography by Anna Williams) is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is available from






  1. Mae Conatser says

    What a delightful presentation of ideas and colors. I really like the personal application of favorite objects and collectibles to enhance a special event. This would be a wonderful book to own.

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