Inspiration: Hodgepodge Chic

OK, so some of you seem to be over hanging plates, but this photo has so much else going for it we had to put it up. The tiles in the alcove, echoed in the facing wall, and the seeming incongruent parts that end up flowing together so nicely...

Like the green tiles on the back wall, or the seats in primary colors, or the one red knob on the drawers. We like this room for all these reasons, and because it exemplifies a point that cannot be reiterated enough in these financially unstable times: you don't need to go into debt decorating from a catalog. Mix it up, accumulate pieces over a long period of time, don't worry too much about getting things to match perfectly, because when you fill your house with things you love, a look will come together that no stylist could ever replicate.

Image via: Joanna Henderson