So many times I've read this advice in a decorating magazine: "Choose what you love, it will all work together." I disagree. There's lots of things I love that decidedly do not look good together. Then there are some very different styles that unexpectedly do. A great example of a bold mix that does work: the colorful riot of patterns, hues and styles in the photo above. Toile and geometric, sleek and ornate, orange, pink, black, turquoise: each plays off each other to make the other look better. The only way to find out if a mixture will achieve this kind of magic: just try it. Mix, mingle, add, rearrange -- and then edit until it feels right. The results can be oh so fresh and fun.
"Use the good china for breakfast."