DESIGN GUIDE The ‘5 Pieces Rule’

A few years ago, I was able to identify for myself the ‘5 pieces’ that I seemed to incorporate into a room to make it feel finished for me. Here it is, broken down:

So simple, right?

Now let’s take a look at a few examples of how this rule can be implemented:

Gabriel Hendifar

Ilse Crawford

Angie Hranowsky

Marc & Melissa Palazzo

Molly Luetkemeyer

Barrie Benson

There are always pieces that crossover and do double-duty as well = bonus!

Have fun!


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).