Home decorating guide

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Accent with pillows
Thomas J. Story

Accent with pricier items

Choose low-cost solid-color pillows, such as this Tempo velvet pillow in fuchsia from Crate and Barrel ($33), then accent them with designer pillows such as the lavender Flock pillow by Thomas Paul, available at Swallowtail ($98).

From malls to big box, where to get what

Crate and Barrel 
Great for: basic upholstered furniture
Great for: draperies, flowerpots, bath mats, flokati rugs, candles, kitchen-ware, mirrors, frames, teak garden furniture

Pottery Barn
Great for: shelves, accessories like jewelry armoires, candles

Restoration Hardware 
Great for: towels, hardware, cleaning supplies with design-friendly packaging

Great for: designer specialty lines, bed linens (Fieldcrest Luxury), towels, bath accessories, chair cushions

West Elm  
Great for: dining chairs, side tables, Parsons desks, specialty designer items, and quirky ephemera

Z Gallerie 
Great for: mirrored furniture, trays, barware, decanters

For one-of-a-kind pieces and quirky treasures, check out Swallowtail, Sheridan’s San Francisco design store (415/567-1555).



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