Please welcome Sue of The Zhush!

A longtime fan of Sue and her uh-mah-zing shop, I am extra excited today to have the style-that-is-Zhush grace this page with its presence! Let me just say ’tis fabulously sophisticated, with that dash of glam and ‘tude that I do so love. And you will too, I guarantee!

Hi there! Sue from The Zhush blog (and store: zhush.com!) here today to talk about a personal rule of thumb in decor.  I say personal, because the first rule of thumb in design is of course, “there are no rules!”… which is great, unless you’re like me and you need a bit of structure. Through years of countless shelter magazines, professional advice, blogs and even coffee table books, I’ve picked up a few fail safe rules that I like to stick by.

My favorite is based on odd numbers, as in groupings of odd numbered things.  Since I tend to go very symmetrical with my furniture, (think matching end tables, matching bedside tables with matching lamps, etc) it’s important to break things up and use odd numbered displays wherever I can in order to keep things looking fresh, interesting and not too contrived.  Groups of three in a vignette, sets of nine in a gallery wall…when figuring out things in my home, it’s helpful for me to “play the odds.”  Poking around the portfolio of Stephen Shubel the other day, I came across a few examples of odd numbers in decor and further solidified my own rule of thumb. What rules do you play by when designing your own space?



  • December 6, 2012 Reply

    Samantha Penner

    I completely agree on the rule of 3s!! Great advice and inspiration pics, Sue!

  • December 6, 2012 Reply


    Love the mix of mirrors in that dining area! What a great idea!

  • December 6, 2012 Reply


    I love love love Zhush! Thank you for featuring! I actually have the opposite issue where I use so much asymmetry that I always have to make sure to use at least one PAIR to bring some feeling of order to all of it.

  • December 6, 2012 Reply


    I love Sue and her blog and shop!! Great images…I love the mirrors in the dining room

  • December 6, 2012 Reply

    {darlene} @ fieldstonehill

    lovely! Great post. Love Zhush! I love spreading a fabric or color around the room in 3s.

  • December 6, 2012 Reply


    Yes, I agree with odd numbers!!! I love all your examples!! You have such a great eye, Sue!!! Xoxo

  • December 6, 2012 Reply

    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    I never realized until now that I naturally do this!

  • December 6, 2012 Reply

    Julie Khuu

    Such a simple idea that really works every.single.time. The crazy thing is, every time I try to explain the rule of 3 to new clients or random friends, they still don’t get it! When it’s not a natural inclination to understand scale and proportion, just about anyone can get this simple rule wrong…sad, but true!

    Also- I’m hosting a décor-to-dress giveaway where 3 winners will WIN a fabulous frock of their choice just in time for the holidays! Hope you’ll stop by to enter the contest E!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • December 9, 2012 Reply

    splendid market

    I completely agree on the “odd number” rule, it does just look more natural and pleasing. Another rule I believe is is to always hace something black or dark, dark navy in each room, it is grounding, Great post Sue, Love those orange striped beds!

  • December 9, 2012 Reply


    I completely agree! That first interior is stunning!

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