Nate Berkus
Most people stop decorating after the big items are in place, says Nate. After paint, furniture, and carpet, the last and most important step is to accessorize. Here's how to start.



  • Try hanging a mirror over the mantle, and use candles to reflect the light. Ivory-colored candles look great in clear glass vases. Keep the candles in place by filling the vases with rocks for winter and sand in summer.
  • Don't use pictures, clocks, or plants on a mantle. It looks too cluttered.
  • Unless you have a library, bookshelves should not be filled entirely with books.
  • Break up books with interesting items: travel souvenirs, mismatched picture frames, or a collection of something you love.
  • On your dresser, use two lamps for balance and symmetry.
  • Don't display your lotions and creams on the dresser. If you need to store something, keep it in an attractive box or basket.
  • Use candles within a reflective glass. It casts a romantic glow.

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