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FIGURE OUT WHERE TO START

As a rule of thumb, I usually begin at the bottom or the top because they are going to need more of a statement or a larger piece. For this styling session, I started at the bottom with something bigger to ground the composition. At first, I placed a vase that was too big and your eye couldn't see the shape of the vessel opening, so play around until it feels right. (Pro Tip: When something is tall or large, place it at eye level so it tricks the eye and helps it to feel less busy.) Once I find that first element, it gives me a jumping-off point to establish the vibe and palette.

STACK 'EM UP

I often use design books under a vase to add layered heights for visual interest. Try to avoid stacking the same amount on each shelf—mix it up so it's engaging to the eye.

SHOP YOUR HOME

Look around your home and find new places for pieces you have collected over time. I love that they have memories attached to them while breathing new life into my space, and inspiring a new mood.

COLOR THEORY

Play around with different colors that stand out but also recede into the hue of the wall behind it. Figure out what wants to make a statement and what wants to be quiet.

ASYMMETRY RULES

The rule of three applies to decorating shelves. If you have one vase styled in the center of a shelf, then the other should be off-center so the eye is moving about as it takes in the composition. Also, avoid repetition where possible.

MIXED MATERIALITY

You want to introduce different materiality. I love ceramics so my eye wants to add different sculptural ceramic forms, but it can feel too one note. Mix it up!

PLAY WITH FORMS

Always pair different forms together, some larger, some more bulbous, some rectilinear, some with curves, some streamlined, and some simple. The fusion is what makes it interesting.

TRUST YOUR EYE

Overall trust your eye and play around until you get that perfect composition that is right for you.