Whether you start with a great painting, a patterned carpet, an interesting fabric or something as simple as a dynamic paint color, be sure you are passionate about your jumping off point.

Build your room around art, a family heirloom, a special fabric or an object you love. It doesn’t matter what inspires the space but know that the juxtaposition will carry the room, item by item.

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Edit carefully. Nothing kills a great design more than clutter or an object purchased on a whim that just doesn’t work.