The other evening I stopped by my friend Cookie’s new apartment to check it out. She’s still in the process of setting everything up, but…sigh. This is exactly why I love NYC apartments. Spare, old, and beautiful.

Are we all ready to abandon the idea that furniture has to match? Look at how stunning these two simple chairs look in that clean, open space. As long as something about the mismatched pieces you choose is similar – in this case, the shade of wood and elegant, curved shape – you’ll achieve a sense of harmony. I firmly believe that you should adore each and every piece in your house; being able to look around you at the beautiful space that you’ve created is so much more important than making sure that everything “goes.”