Tricks of the Trade

Ever wonder why rooms in a magazines and catalogs look so perfect? Because they are staged using a few insider tricks anyone can use.

Like…Bookshelves and Books! This inexpensive white bookcase is courtesy of, you guessed it, IKEA – the reigning queen of cheap shelves, and this particular set has style and panache despite the low price.

Bookshelves can be used for so much more than just books.  If you have a collection of bowls or travel finds or even miniature step stools like the ones below, they are the perfect compliment to any blank shelf (note: porcelain cats and antique dolls don’t qualify).

Another good tip – baskets!  Toss in some pillows or blankets or magazines and they fill up an empty area in any space.

Another great trick – Mirrors!  They can make a room look bigger, reflect both sunlight and candlelight, and can be found at any style or price.

Happy Decorating!

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