THE ART OF DIS­PLAY

We can all learn a thing or two about styling like a pro. Here, we’ve en­listed the help of Cana­dian de­signer Sarah Richard­son to share her top tips for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful vi­gnettes around the house.

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We en­listed de­signer Sarah Richard­son to share her top styling tips for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful vi­gnettes around the house

1. LEAVE SOME BREATHING ROOM

2. MAKE AN EVERYDAY VIGNETTE

You may not use your din­ing room ev­ery day, but your ta­blescape can still be a work of art. I was given this set of Tom Dixon shal­low brass nest­ing bowls as a gift and I like to leave them scat­tered down the cen­tre of the table. Here they’re mixed with Eva Zeisel pot­tery and a cou­ple of vases filled with blooms, but I of­ten add in a few sil­ver can­dles for a va­ri­ety of heights and ma­te­ri­als.

3. PUT IT ON A PEDESTAL

Some might think pedestals are just for sculp­ture, but I put a vin­tage chrome pair in my din­ing room to use as stands for my pot­ted or­chids. Since the flow­ers last for a long time, there can be a touch of liv­ing colour in my space year-round.

4. KEEP IT FUNC­TIONAL

When ren­o­vat­ing my kitchen, I de­signed an open shelf in a bank of full-height cab­i­netry to house and dis­play my col­lec­tion of hand-blown glass – hav­ing it at eye level brings an artis­tic focus to the kitchen while keep­ing my trea­sured pieces out of the food prep zone (and safe from break­age).

5. ELEVATE THE OR­DI­NARY

I like to make use of spe­cial pieces any way I can. In the bath­room, for ex­am­ple, I cor­ral skin-care prod­ucts with pretty pack­ag­ing on a shim­mery sil­ver tray. Not only does it look neat and tidy, but it also keeps them handy for daily use.

6. STAY LONG AND LEAN

High­light the hor­i­zon­tal pro­por­tions of a wide dresser by hang­ing a group of art­work above it in one long row. A wide dresser also of­fers ex­tra dis­play space for the prac­ti­cal (a task lamp) and the pretty (a col­lec­tion of vases).

PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY BRANDFORD

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