^ This room has seen more trades over the last two months than New York Stock Exchange.
^ The art over the fireplace was recently kicked out of my bedroom and needed a big place to live.
^ Overgrowing its home in the family room, the philodendron in its jute basket got dumped on this table last weekend.
^Trusty old standards, the natural canvas pillows have been a fixture in this room forever.
The botanical bird pillows have been drifting around the house for years, never quite finding a place to belong.
I've been thinking about buying these black and white IKEA Stockholm pillows forever, and when I saw they were about to go out of stock, finally succumbed to the urge. Once I got them in the house, I realized I had no idea where to use them, so I just dropped them down on the couch for the time being.
^ The line-up of plants against the window has shifted and changed all winter long, as healthy specimens are carried off to other corners of the house, and sun-starved sicklings are brought in to recuperate.
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The best decorating advice I've ever heard is this:
Don't worry about trying to buy things that match. Just buy what you love and trust that all your pieces will effortlessly flow into a cohesive look.
Imagine my astonishment when running up the stairs yesterday with an armload of laundry, I glanced into the room and noticed not a cacophony of castoffs but a symphony of style. Somehow, all the random odds and ends have come together and I, for one, am digging the look.
Buy what you love. Trust in the flow.
I don't put much stock in most decorating advice, but believe me, this trick of the trade is right on.