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Less Is More

Use a spare hand when furnishing and accessorizing.

“You can’t achieve a soothing environment if there is clutter," says designer Grace Castaneda. "I resist the temptation to fill every empty spot with something. Sometimes people are uncomfortable with this approach because it can look like the room is unfinished. The key is to get the balance right. Darryl Carter is a master at putting just enough pieces in a room. The effect is a quiet, more modern take on traditional.”

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