A big challenge in designing an apartment, or any small space is to make it look uncluttered. I've droned on about how to hide our "stuff" but there are some things that not only look amazing exposed, they also add to the decor. There's definitely an art to doing this, otherwise it could look kinda sloppy. Here are a few photos that show you how it's done. Simple things like groceries or a neck tie help a room look well accessorized!
Credits: All photos unless otherwise specified: Pinterest, 3rd photo: Apartment Therapy, Last photo: Ohdeedoh