Dramatic Hydrangea and Candle Decor

Necessary extravagance: Professional lighting. The centerpiece can be as beautiful as humanly possible but if it's not lit well, you won't see it. I work very closely with Scott Davis, creative director at Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging in New York. A good lighting job is one where you don't know there is a lighting job.

Photo: Courtesy of David Stark