Iconic and whimsical items are a great starting point for pulling color and style elements into the larger design scheme, and that process is more fun when those things have personal meaning for the homeowner. For this Noe Valley apartment makeover by designer Fabrice Plantard, the client supplied his collection of ornamental architectural brackets, called corbels, along with 19th century eagle sconces, a wooden animal trophy head, an antique duck decoy, and even a turquoise-inlaid French oil-lamp base, among many other personal belongings. The mix of Western kitsch, objects d'art, souvenirs and accents is an eclectic grouping to be sure, and it provided Plantard more than enough fodder from which to take design cues. Because the living room is relatively small, he said, the challenge was to bring a greater sense of space, taking advantage of generous ceiling heights and painting over a mixture of pastel wall colors in neutral tones to achieve balance and harmony. While most of the living and dining areas feature neutral tones, Plantard said, the turquoise color in the oil lamp inspired fabric choices for the dining room draperies and living room sofa and pillows. [...] most of the pieces in the living room were selected for their atypical nature.