One mantra of design is that in order to create "good" design, you have to get the bones of the room right. I agree with this because if the architecture is all wrong, you've got an uphill battle ahead of you. After the bones of the room are in place, you have to make decisions on the major elements of the room: color, fabric, scale, furniture placement, and specific items of furniture. But once all of this "seriousness" has been decided, it's time for a little frivolity and fun. And that, for me, means choosing the little details that really make a room come to life. Finials, fringe, embroidery, and embellishment may seem a little mundane (or even tedious to some), but it's the little things like these that are the punctuation marks of decoration.
"Corail Embrasse" tieback by Clarence House
"Renaissance Baroque Door Handle" at E.R. Butler & Co.
Red serpent lamp finial
Single Cube Tassel from Haywoods Trimmings
Shell nailheads from M&J Trimming
Photo at top: Custom coral pull designed by Miles Redd; photo courtesy of New York Social Diary