One surefire path to great design is to lean into your strengths. For Rachel, it wasn’t hard to figure out what the main focus of her living room would be. “The living room was the easiest area to design,” she remembers. “I knew the paintings would take over the space so I chose furniture that added to the space but didn’t take away from the paintings.” This clarity of focus let Rachel remain understated in her furniture choices while the art says everything. “After that, the room pretty much designed itself,” she says.