I don't like spaces that look too stuffy and uptight. I like real, lived in places- like the space is used and loved.
I mean, I get that things are staged for photographs- flowers are added, the clutter is cleaned up and things are moved around a tad. But to me, the photos below look real. They are not museums, not tables so full of stuff you can't touch something without knocking down something else, they are everyday items. Desk supplies, jewelry, favorite antiques, books, magazines, a treasured flea market find- they are your things.
Photos from, top to bottom: via thisisglamorous.com, Carrier and Co, Courtney Barnes Style Court Blog, Country Living, decorpad, Domino, Eddie Ross, Emma Jane Pilkington, House and Home, Jean Randazzo, Jean Randazzo, Lonny Mag photo by Patrick Cline, Lonny Mag photo by Patrick Cline, and Rita Konig's apartment from New York Times via absolutelybeautifulthings.com.