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Just Add Water (Sort of)
The difference between the home you've spent so much effort redoing and those you've torn from magazines (beyond a seemingly limitless budget) might be a well-placed little bouquet. We didn't believe it either, until we were told to place a finger over the vases of flowers in photos. Poof! The room suddenly feels less pulled-together. Emily Henderson, star of HGTV's Secrets of a Stylist, has a foolproof arrangement that works anywhere: several flowers in a single style—like peonies or grocery-store white roses—arranged loosely in a cylindrical vase. "It's more natural if you use a mix of open and closed buds," she says.