[Guest Post] The Zhush A Rule to Decorate By

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?


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!