Join our community of Solution Seekers!

Doable Decorating: The Art of Arranging

Gorgeous tables, shelves, and mantels are not just the province of professional stylists. Here’s how to stage stunning displays yourself, using stuff you have at home—without spending a cent.

Elegant white dining room with china and glass table decroations, flowers in vase and mirror on wall
David Prince
Advertisement
  

What do you think about this slideshow? Share your own solutions and ideas.

View Earlier Comments

Related Content

Lantern pattern wallpaper and mugs

10 Tips and Tricks for Hanging Wallpaper

Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.

PAGE 2 OF 5
 PreviousNext 

Dining Table

The center space is your canvas, and the ends stay clear so there’s room to eat without moving everything.

Imperfect symmetry makes for a dramatic but not-too-formal view. Use a stately serving piece as a focal point and flank it with casually positioned candlesticks.

Matching pieces (like the tureen and the candlesticks here) can be cool rather than stuffy if you throw in something subtly off: The glass vases and spiky flowers honor the pale palette but say, “That’s right—I’m eclectic.”

A splash of pattern and texture (nubby or embroidered) gives solids a point of view. Cover just part of the table; exposing some wood adds richness to the scene.

To buy: Astier de Villate candlesticks, $197 each, and tureen, $306: johnderian.com for stores. Small Facet vase by Roost, $40; and large Facet vase by Roost, $73: velocityartanddesign.com.

 

Advertisement
Computer desk
If you loved the following eight celebrity couples’ weddings, you’ll...
from The Nest Blog » house & home
Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment to its health act, imposing possible...
from FOXNews.com
The Everygirl takes us inside Alaina Kaczmarski's awe-inspiring Chicago hom...
from POPSUGAR Home
Mike Francesa, a radio host on New York City's WFAN, is never short on opi...
from Tastepartner on The Huffington Post
...
from HuffPost Home - The Huffington Post
When I think of a secretary desk, I think of my dad’s home office while I was g...
from Houzz