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The Right Stuff1 of 9
By Andie Huber
In his new book, Stuff, Carey Maloney, founder of architecture and interior design firm M (Group), breaks down, room by room, how decorating with objects truly brings a room to life. And while most of us won't be able to afford Greek antiquities, mahogany from Cuba or midcentury French antiques, we can still strive to make our homes look as cool as Maloney's and his clients'. Check out the inspiration and the everyday execution that will decorate your home with some really sweet stuff (we couldn't resist).
Rustic Retreat2 of 9
Cozy textiles and a large mantel painted in a soft blue help keep this space from feeling stark and over-designed. The vase of pinecones and wooden deer provide some laid-back playfulness, while the shaggy Turkish textile adds a pop of color in an otherwise muted room.
Steal the Look3 of 9
Filled with pinecones, a hurricane vase becomes a simple, rustic decor element re-imagined in a modern way. Both the container and the pinecones are available at garden and craft stores (if you don't already have an extra vase or pinecones in the yard). The piece can fill a bare corner without adding clutter or overwhelming your space.
Map Quest4 of 9
Maloney knows the power of an over-sized piece in a room and this one, a map of commercial airline routes after 1945, anchors the space by acting as a headboard. Surrounding maps and globes show the owner's love of travel.
Steal the Look5 of 9
While scoring an antique map from the former chairman of the Federal Aviation Agency (as Maloney did) may be a stretch, you can customize an oversize map with thumbtacks and yarn. Route out places you've been with yarn, crisscrossing the states (or the continents), adding a thumbtack to mark places you've been.
Museum Pieces6 of 9
A room already saturated in art gets a fresh perspective thanks to plaster casts. These pieces add dimension to an otherwise flat wall. Rosettes, scrolls, columns and even hands work well together—all unified by their ancient motifs and old patina.
Steal the Look7 of 9
Museum and architectural salvage shops, flea markets and cast artists like Victoria Larsen are all good sources for decorations inspired by antiquity. Mix and match motifs, styles and ages—chips and even broken pieces all add to the charm of these unusual elements.
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Mix It Up8 of 9
Maloney effortlessly mixes time periods and textures by maintaining a strict color palette of creamy neutrals, chocolate browns and warm brass. Rather than being a mish-mash, this room feels refined and finished. Modern art (the photograph is by Dianne Kornberg, a study of feline bones from the botany department at Reed College in Portland, Ore). and nineteenth-century Chinese antiques live harmoniously all the while not to be taken too seriously—a white marble rabbit lives under a French 1970s chair.
Steal the Look9 of 9
A plant stand or pedestal may seem old-fashioned (they were popular in the '80s), but adding an unusual object makes it more modern. It will also help balance a room full of low-height furniture. Put your kids' pottery, a geode, lava rock or a cheeky horse head on top for a fun and whimsical touch.