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…
Interiors

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…
Interiors

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…
Interiors

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…
Interiors

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…
Interiors

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…
Inspiration

Your Personality Reveals Your Style

Get in touch with that spirit inside you.  Who you are is a coming together of everything you've been exposed to all your life, how you've grown and changed, and what you aspire to, and most importantly, what you respond to emotionally.  Style really comes…