It’s the Little Things

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Friends like to ask me for advice regarding their decorating needs, and, of course, I like to offer support and opinions (who doesn’t?) So when a long-time friend moved recently and wanted some tips on making the new place feel more like home, I was reminded that it’s often the little touches that make a big creative impact. Here are three of my favorite easy décor tips that can be the difference between the same old room and a sense of something special.


collectionsPhotos: (Left) Casa Abril; (Right) Joshua Simpson via Remodelista.

You probably already have a collection of some kind, even if you aren’t aware that you have it. From the simple-but-clean framed art collection on the left to the paperback books – shown with the spines against the wall (smart and easy!) – these are just two of the kinds of collections that, when brought together and displayed as a group, create instant interest in any room. Those books, in fact, are displayed in an author’s bathroom—so this will work in spaces where you wouldn’t expect anything to work. And, since any grouping of three or more makes a collection, this is just about the simplest décor trick for anyone to pull off.

Art in the Kitchen

art in the kitchenPhoto: Tim Street-Porter for Elle Décor.

Next time you’re visiting friends – or even someone’s home where you’ve never been before – take a look and see if they have art hanging in the kitchen. Nine times out of ten, the answer is no. And, on those rare occasions where you do find art in the heart of the home, it’s typically scaled down—not the kind of large imagery you see here. But it’s such a bigger creative statement to go with over scaled pieces when you can. So get out there and find a large piece of art and hang it in your kitchen for quick high-impact decorating!


paintPhotos: (Left) Nik Epifanidis for The Design Files, (Right) Farrow & Ball.

There’s a reason why it’s everyone’s fallback design trick: paint is an easy and inexpensive way to make a creative impact. There’s almost no statement in interior décor that speaks louder than dark paint, no matter the space you choose to color. From living room to bedroom, it’s a simple, fast path to showing off your creativity.

What are some of your simple, high-impact decorating tips?


  1. I really like Dave’s style. His designs have and edge but warm elements as well, making his rooms feel inviting and cozy yet contemporary.

    • Susan, thanks so much (and apologies for the delay in replying to your very kind comment)! The edgy/warm style you describe is indeed really me.

  2. Very informative article post.Really thank you! Will read on

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.