“I’ve added built-in bookshelves in my home, and probably one of my favorite ways to decorate is displaying objets d’art and mementos that mean something special to me,” Smith wrote in an email. Vintage books, flowers and treasures from past travels can help transform a bland bookcase into a conversation piece.
“Choose items that you connect with, but also share a complementary color palette, and I think you’ll find it pretty pleasing to the eye. Lately, I’m very interested in classic natural elements — crystals, leather, ceramics — with a modern twist,” Smith says. “The goal is to achieve a cohesive collection, instead of clutter, and I think with these pieces you’d be achieving just that.”
SPLURGE: Small Water Drop jug in aubergine (dwr.com
), left. SAVE: Sannolik vase in pink (ikea.com
SPLURGE:Marble-and-wood geometric object, large octahedron (westelm.com
), left. SAVE: Wood-and-marble geometric paperweight (worldmarket.com
SPLURGE: Serge Mouille tripod desk lamp (gueridon.com
), left. SAVE: Curvilinear mid-century table lamp (westelm.com