The maxim "God is in the details" is especially true when it comes to arranging your stuff. (Remember: There's a difference between an artful display and a hoarder-style collection!) Here are eight rooms that do justice to the modern vignette.
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In the California Eichler house of two mid-century modern collectors, tasteful vignettes reign supreme. In the dining room, a vintage chest of drawers supports the playful forms of a Nesso lamp, designed by Giancarlo Mattioli for Artemide, and a collection of Holmegaard ceramics.
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This English designer's live/work home is a great example of how to harmonize many pieces into a cohesive whole. Woodworker David Restorick built a staircase that doubles as display space for resident Kathryn Tyler’s vast collection of colorful cookware by the likes of Finel, Copco, Cathrineholm, Jens Quistgaard, and Stig Lindberg.
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Even a functional kitchen should have room for display. In this art-filled Toronto home, Shopping Mall Fruit Basket, a painting by Peter B. Hastings, shares space with a special-edition Royal Copenhagen tea set and a photograph by Tokyo-based artist Keith Ng. Photo by Naomi Finlay.
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Pro tip: Don't buy art to match your couch. Instead, choose both based on what you like, and even where you live. Case in point is this residence in Detroit's Lafayette Park, where colorful posters from the traveling exhibition "Shrinking Cities" channel possible mantras for a 21st-century Detroit.
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Don't forget the kids' room, a common repository for junk. A pair of crafty Finnish designers on a budget tackled creative D.I.Y. projects to decorate their daughter's room, including stitching these festive cotton flag banners and hanging a careful selection of art on the walls.
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This French home masters a bold vignette. Ornate furnishings, a lush vertical garden, and a mirror add character to the home's courtyard.
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In a renovated San Francisco home, unused corners become tasteful focal points. Here, a Smoke chair by Marten Baas for Moooi keeps company with a glass-and-ceramic vase by Hella Jongerius and a mirrored steel painting by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.
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Choose a consistent color palette, but don’t be afraid to mix and match materials. The owners of Toronto’s Mjölk boutique get it right in their kitchen, where a white-oak kitchen rail and wooden utensils are offset by touches of metallic gold.