When using decorative objects…

  DO group them:

  • in odd numbers such as 3s and 5s
  • in varying heights
  • in like types and colors 



  • Place objects in a straight line
  • Place objects in the corner of the table
  • Place objects so that they block the view of a seated guest
  • Crowd the surface with too many objects


My favorite places to shop for great-looking but inexpensive decorative accessories:

  • Target for lamps, bedding, bathroom items and throw pillows
  • Pier One for throw pillows, candles, placemats, napkins and stemware
  • Home Goods for decorative objects, lamps, bedding, throw pillows, bathroom items, kitchen items, glassware and artwork
  • West Elm and CB2 for urban modern decorative objects and accessories
  • Christmas Tree Shops (no, they just don’t sell Christmas items) for beach house accessories in summer
  • Bed Bath and Beyond for its great selection of bathroom accessories

 What are your favorite places to shop?