A Clean, Uncluttered Home
A Spot For Beauty
I've mentioned it before, but having one area that you have dedicated to beauty keeps the idea of decorating from being overwhelming.
Candles and Various Candle Holders
Candles serve multiple functions in decorating. Nothing compares to the ambiant lighting of a small flickering flame.
Look for various textures (I love beeswax candles for a natural look) and don't forget the versatile glass religious candles.
Don't be afraid to bring the outside in. Metal barn stars, trellises, statuary, watering cans, old wagons, armillaries, terra cotta pots, even bird baths can look fabulous in the home. When they aren't being used, they just head back outdoors.
A few ideas for you: old telephones, typewriters, or cameras; empty picture frames; old window frame, doors, or shutters; pottery; paint-splattered wooden ladders (really!), records, card holders, world globes...
I have more to add to the list in a couple days, but this should certainly get you started!
What decorating pieces can you not live without?