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8 Ways to Make a Modern Vignette

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You may have heard the maxim "God is in the details"—and it's especially true when it comes to arranging your stuff. (Remember: There's a difference between an artful display and a hoarder-style collection!) Here are eight rooms that do justice to the modern vignette.
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  In the California Eichler house of two mid-century modern collectors, tasteful vignettes reign supreme. In the dining room, a vintage chest of drawers supports the playful forms of a Nesso lamp, designed by Giancarlo Mattioli for Artemide, and a collection of Holmegaard ceramics. Photo by Drew Kelly.  Photo by: Drew Kelly

    In the California Eichler house of two mid-century modern collectors, tasteful vignettes reign supreme. In the dining room, a vintage chest of drawers supports the playful forms of a Nesso lamp, designed by Giancarlo Mattioli for Artemide, and a collection of Holmegaard ceramics. Photo by Drew Kelly.

    Photo by: Drew Kelly

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  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.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    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.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  A Parisian stylist skilled at creating and reassembling furniture vignettes treats his apartment as a design laboratory. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three original works and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes. The daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market. Photo by Christian Schaulin.  Photo by: Christian Schaulin

    A Parisian stylist skilled at creating and reassembling furniture vignettes treats his apartment as a design laboratory. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three original works and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes. The daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    Photo by: Christian Schaulin

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  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.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

    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.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  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.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    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.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  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.  Photo by: JUCO

    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.

    Photo by: JUCO

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  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.  Photo by: Francesco Bolis

    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.

    Photo by: Francesco Bolis

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  Don't forget the kids' room, a common repository for junk. A pair of crafty Finnish designers on a budget tackled creative D.I.Y. projects to decorate their daughter's room, including stitching these festive cotton flag banners and hanging a careful selection of art on the walls. Photo by Petra Bindel.  Photo by: Petra Bindel

    Don't forget the kids' room, a common repository for junk. A pair of crafty Finnish designers on a budget tackled creative D.I.Y. projects to decorate their daughter's room, including stitching these festive cotton flag banners and hanging a careful selection of art on the walls. Photo by Petra Bindel.

    Photo by: Petra Bindel

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