If there’s anyone who knows about living in style, it’s our ultra-chic Editor-in-Chief. In fact, she literally wrote the book on the subject. So what’s her secret for creating gorgeous interiors? Never being afraid of color, texture or patterns and taking the time to pick powerful pieces that really make a space sing. Click through for the 20 décor items Rachel Zoe thinks are a must in any home and her tips for putting them together. Prepare for the urge to redecorate.
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"Jonathan Adler's sculptural vases lend an architectural and modern flair to any space. There are so many to choose from!"
"There's nothing like a yummy cashmere throw to complete a cozy evening at home. The Elder Statesman makes some of the softest cashmere blankets–perfect for an at-home date night, complete with old movies and takeout."
"Strategically placed mirrors are a quick way to make a room appear more spacious. Plus, they allow you to take a quick glance at your outfit on your way out the door for that extra boost of confidence."
"Fornasetti plates are my go-to decorative elements. Look online for vintage ones that are one-of-a-kind and won’t break the bank."
"You can’t have enough sheepskin throws–I literally have one in every room in the house. Whether real or faux, they are amazing draped over chairs or on a bed."
"Platner side tables work just about anywhere in the house and add a touch of Midcentury polish. This one has a particularly modern feel to it I'm obsessed with."
"A gorgeous coffee-table book can dress up any surface in seconds and also gives guests something to flip through while they lounge. I'm obsessed with this insanely beautiful Pucci book."
"If a room is in need of a quick makeover, swap out your coffee table for a classic steamer trunk. All you need is a piece of tempered glass to place on top of the trunk and you’re set–5-minute glamour at its finest!"
"If your sofa is a neutral color, opt for paisley throw pillows to add points of interest to a room. These Etro ones are classics and absolutey perfect."
"A classic bar cart adds instant glam to just about any space and, trust me, it's life changing when you're entertaining guests."
"I love the idea of using a vibrant Hermès ashtray as a catchall for keys and trinkets. I have at least a dozen placed all over my house–you can never have enough vintage pieces."
"D.L.&Co. makes the most incredible candles and diffusers–the gold-and-white packaging is perfect for gifting to friends and family. My go-to scents are definitely tuberose, gardenia and amber."
"Alexandra Von Furstenberg makes these stunning acrylic coasters that add a splash of color to any surface. I have several sets–both at home and in my office."
"Add texture to a bare wall with a Moroccan wedding tapestry. Each one is completely unique and adds just the right amount of bohemian flair."
"Fine china shouldn't just be taken out for special occasions–I’m a firm believer in displaying it as often as possible. When I think of fancy china, I immediately picture this rich Versace piece with its luxe design and decadent illustrations."
"This gorgeous tray is the perfect accessory for entertaining guests during the holidays. Leave it to Oscar de la Renta to instantly add elegance and polish to everything."
"A rich chevron rug is the best way to tie a room together, and the colors speak volumes when placed in a monochromatic setting. I’m really loving this zig-zag one from Missoni Home."
"I grew up having art all around me so I love having renderings of my boys around my house. I love this one of me and Skyler by LA artists Shelby and Sandy–it's so special to me."
"Having a table lamp on each side of my bed is perfect in the winter when there is less natural light in the room. I love this combination of textured marble and gold–it's both classic and sleek and can mesh with just about any color palette."
"I love hydrangeas, dahlias and orchids in rich jewel tones or an all-white arrangement mixed with touches of greenery. My dear friend Eric Buterbaugh is a genius at creating stunning arrangements that liven up a room."