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Julie Nolta

Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress

of my little apple green design studio.

Welcome to my blog!

When I'm not out visiting a client or searching for just the right  product for a project, I can probably be found in my happy little studio (painted the perfect shade of green), busy drawing up new ideas for a cool kitchen or a "spa-licious" bathroom. I like to share the fun stuff I find along the way!


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Decorating with clocks - - they’re not just for telling time anymore!

decorating with clocks

If you’re staring at an empty space on your wall or bookcase or table, a clock might not be the first thing to come to mind, but pick the right one and it can be a great accent piece in your room.

Personally I have to have a clock in every room. (They don’t necessarily keep me from being late, but at least I know HOW late I’m going to be!)

In addition to guilting me about what time it is, I use clocks to bring a little extra style to the room: an ornate, girly, white one in my office, a small, sleek gold one on my vanity, and the bronze, industrial wall clock which creates a time warp in my living room where all TV shows start 5 minutes later than anywhere else in the universe.

ANYWAY, they come in such an infinite variety of styles and sizes - - from antique to contemporary, from desk clocks to over-sized wall clocks - - you’re guaranteed to find AT LEAST one fabulous clock to add to the decor in every room of your house too.

Use a clock to add to the style of your room

The main thing to think about when deciding on a clock is the style of your space. And no matter what your personal style is, there is a clock out there for you.

I've been helping a client furnish and accessorize her new home, and her tastes lean towards minalmalist mid-century modern with sleek lines - - VERY popular right now. Just yesterday, I ordered this Wayfair "urchin" clock for her great room. Can't wait for it to get here!

Wayfair urchin clock

And speaking of modern, here's an amazing, oversized, mirrored clock from Luxberra you can order and put up yourself. Makes quite the statement, dontcha think? Of course, like any other accessory piece, measure first and make sure the scale of it will work with your room.

decorate with wall clocks

This clock can fill two slots at once: shabby chic plus the current craze for a color they're calling Millenial Pink. Google it!

decorate with clocks

(I found this clock on Etsy, but dopey me forgot to get the link.)

If your tastes are a little more traditional, you can't get more classic than marble. I'd also call it transitional because it would also fit right in with a variety of design styles. This one's from CB2 and even though it's only 12 inches, I'll bet it weighs a ton!

CB2 marble wall clock

A design company called Sticks has been around for awhile, and if you like folk art, here's a clock for you. They also make charming and whimsical furniture, any of which qualify as art in my book.

decorating with clocks

If you're decorating with a particular color, a clock is a good way to pull that color into the room. Here'a another over-sized one with a POW of red. Woo hoo!

decorating with over-sized clocks

Photo: Homedit

Decorating for the kids? Here's a Bohemian paisley number from Society6 that I'll bet your teenaged girl might like.

decorate with clocks

And for the younger set, here's a darling collection from Lum Kid's Lighting. The hard part would be choosing just one. They've got tons and they're all DARLING. Lovin' that sock monkey.

These cute clocks made me a little nostalgic for a very similar clock which my brothers had hanging up in their room when we were in elementary school. I think it wagged it's tail too. Not sure whatever happened to that one, but look, you can find anything on the internet!

cat wall clock

Think outside of the box

Don't be afraid to get creative if you want something more personalized or unusual. Here's another Etsy find that's a self-adhesive sticker.

self adhesive sticker clock

With this clock you're free to make the numbers out of any kind of photo you like and then be reminded of your favorite peeps every time you're in the room.


Purchase the clock "guts" (the hands and battery operated mechanism) from most craft stores or online and you can EASILY make a clock yourself out of pretty much anything you can drill a hole in.

I've made several over the years out of cigar boxes and given them as gifts. This one was for a cutie little niece who also loved chartreuse. (If you'd like one of your own, get a hold of me and I can customize one for you, and/or post a tutorial.)

cigar box clock

Believing that we should have a little laugh every day, I'm going to leave you with one of my favorites. I might need one of these!

You can order one of these from Etsy

So, did you see a clock that speaks to your style? Leave me a comment. I hope you're inspired to have a little fun decorating with clocks. :-D



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