According to interior designer Marisa Smith, when arranging accessories on a table, it’s important to position the items so they provide a contrast to the background behind them. For example, a plant would look better with a wall behind it, rather than framed against a window where it would be lost in the greenery outside.

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Marisa Smith: Well, when you’re accessorizing a table, for instance, you don’t want to look just at the table, but you want to look at the surroundings. For example, here they have a plant, but when you look through the window, you’re seeing just another plant. And over here, with just the brown wooden box, you have the plain wall behind it. And simply by switching these two, and placing the plant here. So now you look through the plant to the wall, and then you look through their treasured boxes at the greenery out the window. And you see what a difference just that makes.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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