As any designer will tell you, the secret to a great space is making it your own by combining pieces that personally resonate. Which means? Give yourself license to pick up whatever strikes your fancy: Deco chairs, antique ceramic pots, gorgeous pillows, cool pendant lights. Your eye will give the look its focus.
Groundbreaking scientific discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries inspired awe of the natural world—and the need to show off one’s collections. Display pieces stocked with geodes, apothecary jars, and brass insects carry on tradition. Even vintage jewels get in on the act, making such wonders wearable.