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These homeowners could have mounted the smaller pieces on either side of the larger one and called it a day. But switching up the order tilts the balance of the space and adds a quirkier sensibility
Try your hand at a tablescape. Nearly all designers love to play with objects on tables, and so can you. Start with a rectangular tray that will fit on your table or ottoman. Add a small stack of books (three work well), stack a decorative box or other small objet on top of the books, place a pretty bowl alongside and finish the arrangement with a vase of flowers.
Let me leave you with this striking room, with its use of all five tools. We have balance and equilibrium provided by the repetition of pairs of chairs and lamps. The wonderfully "other" chandelier sets the stage for the mix of styles, colors and periods. Varying scale is accomplished by the placement of the low-backed chairs and sofa in such a high-ceilinged space. And the undressed windows provide that oh-so-critical place where the eye can rest. The fireplace, with its statement mirror, shines as the focal point, putting a decisive bow on this great example of how to utilize basic tools to create personal, warm and inviting rooms.