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Define a din­ing space with a col­or­ful, easy-care sten­ciled can­vas floor­cloth.

Carry the colors from a floor­cloth or area rug up­ward via fresh fruit and flow­ers to en­liven the din­ing ta­ble.

Re­place chairs on one side of the ta­ble with a bench for ex­tra seat­ing that suits a smaller space.

Echo the mo­tif on a fold-down desk by ac­cent­ing a nearby shelf with trail­ing fo­liage. Tuck part of a red­ware col­lec­tion into a wall-mounted bas­ket for a tex­tured touch.

Above: Take ad­van­tage of an in­set area in a hall­way to dis­play a worn jour­nal, feather quill and old fam­ily pic­tures atop a slanted writ­ing box. Be­low: Break up a large ma­sonry hearth with small group­ings of items. Place three crock­ery pieces of dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes on ei­ther side of the fire­place to dis­tract from the large ex­panse of brick. Cen­ter a grad­u­ated set of pewter mea­sures on the man­tel and flank it with a few pewter plates on one side and a plate and can­de­labra on the other to sep­a­rate the long man­tel into dis­tinct sec­tions.

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