Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
No matter what spot you’re propping, it begins with hunting and gathering: Shop your cupboards, dresser top, attic, yard, and even toy box for beautiful or quirky items. Successful displays are about character, composition, and a pulled-together palette. But you don’t have to get it right the first time. Let things evolve, and have fun—tweaking setups along the way.