Start with a Clean Slate.  If you can easily move it, do it.  That means clear off your countertops or bookshelves and remove pillows and throws.  Leave the big pieces of furniture in place for now, but step back and take a look at your space with a fresh set of eyes.  You may be surprised by what you see when the smaller accessories are out of the way.  Then begin layering things you love (a family photo or your favorite throw blanket) with things you use (books or lamps).  If it's not meaningful, beautiful or functional, consider getting rid of it.


When styling a coffee table or filling your bookshelves, create layered groups of three.  Our eyes are drawn to odd numbered groupings, and layers add texture and interest.  So start with a stack of books, add sculptural pieces of varying heights, and finish off with an easy-to-care-for succulent or a vase of fresh flowers.


Bring in at least one natural element to every space.  It can be something obvious, like a potted plant or fresh flowers, but it can also be something as simple as a beautiful, wood cutting board in a kitchen or some curly twigs in a funky vase.  The natural elements will breathe a little life into the space and make your room feel warm and lived-in.