Expert tips on how to make the most of what you have and indulge with care
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).
SELECTIVE SHOPPING From malls to big box, where to get what
Crate and Barrel Great for: basic upholstered furniture Ikea ikea.com 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
Target 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).