Interiors

Rooms Need to be Understood

Rooms need to be understood uniquely. Where a room is situated, how the light patterns fall during the course of the day, how the light affects where you sit, the size of the room in relation to your size, the height of the ceiling in…

Zen and the Art of Mistake

Now that you've begun to define your personal decorating style, you will still have to make many hard design decisions; but you can begin to make them from a liberated perspective rather than feeling slavish about some unobtainable ideal.  If you choose to create a…

Point of View and a Focal Point

No matter how beautiful your furnishings are, if you haven't decided on the style and resonance of the room, it will appear confused and awkward.  Create a mood for each room.  What gives a room its individual character, is to focus on a feeling you…

Treasure New Beginnings

Even if your house or apartment is already furnished, as you think about these secrets to finding your personal decorating style, you may experience your surroundings with a raised awareness. As I have said in prior posts, rooms are not still lifes; and the best…

Creating Beauty

Once our personal style is deeply anchored in simplicity and appropriateness, then our rooms will reveal their own inward beauty.  Beauty in a room requires a point of view, just as it does in a garden. I always think of rooms as gardens because they…

Defining Appropriateness

I don't think I fully understood the meaning of appropriateness until I started traveling to Europe and visiting very old cottages and homes with their peculiarly shaped spaces, curves, angles, and juts.  I noticed how owners embraced their homes, just as they are.  They might…

Choose Simplicity

You will never slip into pretentiousness or artificiality when you build your rooms on a solid foundation of simplicity. But most of us have a tendency to overdo, to reach for the most complicated and usually costly solution. Instead, try to keep in mind that…