Style Your Place Like A Home Catalog — All The Tricks

Two things get us excited about spotting home catalogs in our mailboxes. First, the glossy, new products themselves; who doesn't love flipping through page after page of countless slipper-, club-, and wing-chair designs? But, the second reason (since we can fit only so many chairs in our apartment) is scoping the styling in the fictional homes.
Real-life nuisances, like tangled TV wires and paper piles, are notably missing, but there's ample to glean from the curated sets. West Elm's just-released fall lookbook, for example, is a master lesson in creating vignettes with barware and vases. And, the saturated sea-green and blue wall colors seem just as apropos for this week's 80 degree heat as they are for autumn's climes. We've culled 13 tricks straight from its pages that are worth trying now. Weekend guests will be sure you hired a decorator, when all you did was check the mail.
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Who ever said vases have to go on top of tables?
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With a dark blue shade behind it, the TV blends seamlessly into the gallery wall.
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Give a metallic lamp a boost with its own stool.
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No-nails shelving is hot right now. Style yours with books in the center and decorative bowls and vases on the edges.
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A clear, glass case is ideal for displaying beach finds.
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This funky light fixture pops against a sea green wall.
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A vase collection gets proper showing on a window sill.
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Stash your throw blankets in a Moroccan-inspired basket.
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Note the way patterns play off one other, here.
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More metallic, more magic; Even in different hues, these two vases and the tray carry a common theme.
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Ditch the traditional bar cart and display the accessories on shelves above a credenza.
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If you need an instant refresh, look no further than these retro-printed curtains.
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Conceal your remote controls in cool boxes, like these mirrored and lacquered picks.
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