This English designer's live/work home is a great example of how to harmonize many pieces into a cohesive whole. Woodworker David Restorick built a staircase that doubles as display space for resident Kathryn Tyler’s vast collection of colorful cookware by the likes of Finel, Copco, Cathrineholm, Jens Quistgaard, and Stig Lindberg. Photo by Andrew Meredith.
Even a functional kitchen should have room for display. In this art-filled Toronto home, Shopping Mall Fruit Basket, a painting by Peter B. Hastings, shares space with a special-edition Royal Copenhagen tea set and a photograph by Tokyo-based artist Keith Ng. Photo by Naomi Finlay.
Pro tip: Don't buy art to match your couch. Instead, choose both based on what you like, and even where you live. Case in point is this residence in Detroit's Lafayette Park, where colorful posters from the traveling exhibition "Shrinking Cities" channel possible mantras for a 21st-century Detroit. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Extreme minimalism makes an impact when it comes to showing your stuff. A custom sunken bed in this midcentury modern desert home displays actual sculpture and a sculptural lamp, and interacts with a retro wall-hanging above. Photo by JUCO.
Look to designers at home for further inspiration, like Serafini and Palomba’s vacation home in Salento, Italy. In the living room, they created a one-off version of their Lama chaise longue, originally designed for Zanotta. The Zen Apple side table, also theirs, is from the Sen Line Collection by Exteta. The vases are by Guaxs. Photo by Francesco Bolis.