This is the most obvious place to start.
Firstly, clear everything. It's always best to begin with a blank canvas.
Before you start arranging, take a moment to consider your home's personality. It's all well and good going for a busy layout with leaning towers of crockery and skew-whiff angles but if the rest of your home is minimal in ornamentation and thoroughly organised, the look won't sit right. It will jar. And vice versa. So we encourage you to think about this section in terms of ideas, and for you to go forth and create your interpretation of it.
Whatever your style, we believe the best dressers are those that are rooted in practicality. So crockery, glasses and a scattering of mugs are a real must. And instead of using the dresser as a place to display your finest wares, we like to see it as an excuse to treat ourselves to lovely everyday tableware and display them on the dresser instead. Pretty serving plates propped up is a safe path to a traditional aesthetic, but they can be fiddly to get out and means moving the things in front out of the way to get to them. So if yours is a home that runs at 100mph then we'd suggest stacking instead. Much easier.
Next we like to look to the things that give our days a little lift. For some people that's the familiar face of a teapot. For others it's a cake stand or set of vintage weighing scales. For some it's both, combined with a basket of smooth, white hen's eggs. By finding these things a home on a dresser's shelves, they get to sit in sunlight rather than lurking in the depths of a corner cabinet and they make us think of happy weekend afternoons.
And for the little bit of surface space, kept entirely clear just feels a little too sterile to us. But if clutter-free is your thing, try placing a few folded linen napkins or tea towels on the surface to give it warmth. Otherwise, it's quite a nice area to fill with carafes, a colander, a breadboard or two, and almost certainly some greenery, be it home-grown herbs or a vase of blooms.