"Don't go into the store and buy every piece in a set — it will look like you went out one afternoon and did everything," Wood cautions. According to him, people respond best to to blended, organic compositions of furniture. "It's like putting together an outfit," he adds. "It isn't about the skirt or scarf — it's about how it all comes together."
This goes hand in hand with living with your purchases. Everything you buy should blend together visually, Wood says, but shouldn't be too matchy-matchy. Taking your time amassing different elements in a room gives you a chance to evaluate how each piece fits before adding another, and to figure out if you need anything new at all. He continues, "Sometimes you can repurpose an existing piece, change up the pillows, or just move the furniture, and that's enough."