…in every room

I’ve got some quotes for you of what some designers think you should include in every design in every room:

Something living! Nothing injects a sense of life into what can be the least lived-in room in the house like a beautiful tree or plant. My two favorite trees are Kentia palms and fiddle-leaf figs. For something smaller, there’s always room for a maidenhair fern or potted ivy. A vase filled with branches or oversize leaves is a quick fix and will last a while. If the tree and plant thing feels too high-maintenance, you can always just put some tulips in a jar and call it a day.”
—Jonathan Rosen


“Something very personal — an object, a painting, a collection. Things don’t have to be expensive, but it’s the personality that makes any room feel grounded and ‘real,’ not some anonymous space.”
—Jeffry Weisman


“Candles, and lots of them. They conjure romance instantly.”
—Roderick N. Shade


“A tray. It makes a disconnected group of objects seem like a collection.”
—T. Keller Donovan

“Trays for coffee tables and ottomans. They keep the tablescapes contained in their own frame, of sorts, and add another dimension and texture to the styling. They also make it easy to lift everything off when you need more room for entertaining.”
—Steven Gambrel


“Candlesticks. I really love the bronze ones by Gene Summers, in varying heights. They layer the light in a room — and are beautiful objects in their own right.”
—Suzanne Lovell

“The one accessory I really fight to put in every living room is a TV. Plasma, of course, and as big as possible. It makes people use their ‘trophy’ living rooms other than for the proverbial high holy days. And if you want to be chic when you have guests, program it to play Matthew Barney or some other video art.”
—Peter Dunham


“Layers of cushions in tactile fabrics. I’m not a big fan of using lots of different colors in a room, but layering lots of pillows of different textures is an incredibly luxurious yet cozy look.”
—Fiona Barratt

“A stylish throw. A good quality throw can last a lifetime and adds a dash of color and pattern as well as comfort and a homey quality.”
—Nina Campbell


In every room I personally think you should include…

…books. No matter how you choose to display them – from disorganized stacks piled on chairs to formal glass pained bookcases, books provide appeal that few other props can mimic. High tables, low tables, even the end of the settee can be ideal places to keep books. For character and warmth – no other ornaments come close!

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…one black thing. Black creates depth and interest.

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…and excellent lighting. Lighting has the superpower to make the people feel comfortable, to change and control their moods, or to give a certain feel to a room.





Stay Creative!

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.'”
― Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity


33 Ways to Stay Creative:

1) Make lists
2) Carry a notebook everywhere
3) Try free writing
4) Get away from the computer (kinda ironic to be reading this right now…)
5) Be otherworldly
6) Quit beating yourself up
7) Take breaks (They do it in Europe!)
8) Sing in the shower
9) Drink coffee/tea (check!)
10) Know your roots
11) Listen to new music
12) Be open
13) Surround yourself with creative people
14) Get feedback
15) Collaborate
16) Don’t give up
17) Practice, practice, practice
18) Allow yourself to make msitakes  mistakes
19) Go somewhere new 
20) Watch foreign films
21) Count your blessings
22) Get lots of rest
23) Take risks
24    BREak The Rules
25) Do more of what makes you happy
26) Don’t force it
27) Read a page of the dictionary
28) Create a framework
29) Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect
30) Got an idea? Write it down
31) Clean your workspace
32) Have fun
33) Finish something

House Beautiful Predictions for 2013

“Enough with the plain. I think people want pretty, and I predict a surge in demand for classic fabrics like Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood.” — Leta Austin Foster

“I’m crushing on brass! I love how it revs up any space. It’s timeless and affordable. What’s not to like?” —Melissa Rufty

“We’re moving toward a more organic modernism with warm, modern materials that look vintage: slate, irregular floors, weathered concrete, natural crackle-glazed tiles that look handmade. Less slick kitchens!” — Peter Dunham

“Gloss! High gloss! Shine! Polish! Lacquer!” — Jeffrey Bilhuber

“Everyone will be focusing on art — it’s so much more approachable these days, with art fairs popping up everywhere.” — Sara Story

“Photoshop, HDTV, and hi-res computer screens have dialed up our sense of vision. Our rooms will be full of brighter, more saturated hues. I just used Life Savers candy colors on a project and plan on using them more.” — Stephen Shubel

“Husbands who work at home are getting more involved in the decor, so we’re going to see more upscale man caves, media rooms full of gadgets, outrageous wine rooms, wood-burning pizza ovens, and islands dedicated to teriyaki grills. Right now I’m working on an indoor golf simulator.” — Paul Sherrill

“I hope people start looking at period furniture again — beautiful old pieces to mix with modern ones. Why pay $12,000 for a new chest of drawers when you can buy a gorgeous handmade faded mahogany thing at auction for $1,200?” — Bunny Williams

My Starting Point…

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris

I love this quote and I strive to  implement this into each of my designs.


Dorthy Draper says, “I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.”

I also love this quote and I also strive to implement this into each of my designs.

The marriage of the two… Well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see.