Playing with scale is an essential trick of a stylist’s trade. Experiment with objects of different shapes and heights, such as the long spindly branches, flat-stacked picture frames, a domed velvet horseriding hat and the length of blue and white Japanese fabric seen here.
When developing your own interior style, begin your own collection of assorted goodies and regularly sort them into like-minded piles – you’ll soon discover a pattern emerging and start hatching plans for bigger ideas.
I’m a big believer in asymmetry and often style things to embrace the negative space. Mixing seemingly disparate objects unified by colour palette – a star garland, leafy wreath, ball of twine – creates a personalised, meaningful vignette, rather than a ‘I bought everything brand new’ vibe.
Think outside the square
When acquiring new things for your home, don’t limit yourself to interior stores. My love of ribbon, for example, led me to New York’s Tinsel Trading Co, a magical haberdashery filled with wondrous trims and notions. Search online or in your own city for similar sewing suppliers and start some simple craft projects.
I’m always trying to find new ways to display my finds. My shells look wonderful placed in a corked test tube with a typed description, sort of scientist-meets-stylist. I’ve also taken inspiration from entomological cataloguing and made cardboard boxes; pinning and labelling my own amateur finds.