Mauri Weakley and her husband, Ben Heemskerk’s home-furnishings store, Collyer’s Mansion, brims with pretty patterns and poppy colors, yet it’s perfectly curated. As a shopper, how do you not lose your head when surrounded by such choices? Mauri offers up some home decor strategies to help below.

By Real Simple
Updated January 10, 2017
Collyer's Mansion store
Credit: William Abranowicz

“We weren’t always in the home decor world,” says Mauri. “I used to be a visual merchandiser for a fashion boutique, and Ben is a restaurateur. His father is a carpenter, and the three of us built our original store [also in Brooklyn]—the shelving, windows, everything. We moved to this location two years ago. We both love vibrant colors and an eclectic, global aesthetic. We sell eco-friendly furniture and work with artisans, local and abroad, to offer one-of-a-kind pieces—things you’ll want to hold on to forever: original paintings, handwoven rugs, artful pendants. I’m forever bringing stuff from the store back home and changing things up.” (All items shown throughout, unless specified, are vintage or available at

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Mauri and Ben in front of Collyer's Mansion
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1 Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

“If you’re shopping for a lamp, don’t get too distracted by the rugs. Enjoy browsing, but don’t lose sight of your intention. It helps to write down the items ahead of time.”

Collyer's Mansion store
Credit: William Abranowicz

2 Take Advantage of Free Expertise

“Staffers know design, and their advice is gratis. The question we’re always asked is how to pick pillows. A lot of approaches work, but the easiest is a tonal scheme—say, all pinks but in a mix of textures and with patterns in different scales. Throw in one neutral so it doesn’t look too stiff and uniform.”

3 Fall in Love

“See something that speaks to you that’s a little ”out there“? Imagine what you have at home that can be its companion: It works if you give it some contrast. You can have that fabulous vintage pendant but make it work by pairing it with a sleek, modern dining table.”