[...] choosing the perfect piece of furniture or figuring out a client's style can take time, but the reward is developing a relationship with the client and hopefully a well-thought-out home. Yet there are times when instant gratification is welcome - and, luckily, Nelson has her prop styling gigs for that. Layer white dinner plates with a few special pieces like scalloped salad plates, linen napkins and gold flatware. Just place a bunch of cherry tomatoes in a baking dish; add salt, pepper, olive oil, whole unpeeled garlic cloves, a splash of balsamic vinegar and pinch of chile flakes into the pan and roast at 300 degrees for one hour. Aim for different heights and shapes in your groupings, and take dust jackets off of books for a cleaner, less busy look. The right light: I always advise clients to use recessed lighting minimally, or not at all. [...] opt for overhead light fixtures that give off diffused light, and use table lamps and sconces for light sources at different heights.