Think me crazy, but a great place to find display inspiration is a catalog or showroom. While not interior designers, stylists for home goods retailers are still paid to group objects, display art and generally make a room look great. It's their job. Here's what we learned:
Don't worry about making your rooms looking catalog-ish &mdash they won't when you're using your own unique, eclectic objects. (I.e. not a room full of IKEA, or West Elm or whatnot.)
• Less is more, and white space is a good thing, from West Elm.
• Bright colors make bright colors pop, from Pottery Barn.
• Displaying fruit like a collection in a bowl warms up a seemingly cold, modern space, from Room & Board.
• Organic material, such as this huge piece of dried material, gives a room life, from West Elm.
• The traditional triptych, stood on its head, can also make a big statement, from Williams-Sonoma Home.
• At least two matching pillows helps unify your sofa's pillow collection, from Williams-Sonoma Home.
• The front of books &mdash not just the spines &mdash can be art, too, from Pottery Barn.
• The right rug can be art, and displayed as such, from Crate & Barrel.
• Displayed wine can be art too, from CB2.