"I like a lot of different styles—modern and traditional—and I'm trying to figure out how to mix it where it looks tasteful," Serena tells Nate.
"Actually, that's my favorite way to decorate," Nate says. "I think that if you do everything that's in the same style, you have an interior that's really flat and uninteresting. The trick is to make sure you're looking at each piece for its own value. If you have a traditional chest, then you need to add something modern to that. Then you need to go back to something traditional on the wall behind it."
Nate says paying attention to colors can help guide you in mixing styles. "For instance, if you have a pair of traditional lamps and they [have] a little red accent, perhaps [add] modern red pottery or something in the center," he says.