Designer Dos

Yesterday was a designer don’t, i.e. buy everything on sale at the same place.

Today is a designer do – incorporate the outdoors into your living and dining rooms. Windows bring the great outdoors in. Open walls that lead from one room into the next creates a natural flow. Decorate with plants. Add flowers for a touch of color, place some green apples in a bowl to freshen the room. Reserve color for a dynamic rug in a geometric shape that complements the house.

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Designer Don’ts

Great interior designers spend a lot of time telling you what to do. That’s great, but what about the don’ts? They may not be as important as the dos, but then homeowners are not always likely to listen to everything their designer tells them to do. Sometimes, we like go “rogue”. Sarah Palin, shout out! That’s fine, but let’s not go crazy, like a peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich.

By the way, the grammar police called to say, punctuation is important. Speaking of “dos and dno’ts,” Eats, Shoots & Leaves, that charming little book on the pitfalls of punctuation, recommends “do’s and don’t’s,” so does the Associated Press, but why confuse the eye?  As an aside, I also have a problem with putting commas inside quotation marks. Again, convention is not always pretty. Besides, the British don’t, why should I if it offends me to do so.

Grammar is intended to elucidate, to smoothe pronunciation, and to make clear the writer’s meaning. Isn’t this what interior design is all about?

My don’t today is don’t buy everything from the same store.

This may sound strange since we are a home furnishings store. But even we recognize that different brands offer different qualities, different styles, different options. This mistake occurs most often when one goes to a Clearance Sale and finding everything at a reduced price, buys this and that without thinking how it is going to look together. A Victorian settee is not going to look good with an Eames chair. Queen Victoria would turn over in her grave if she saw it, so would the husband and wife designer team of Charles and Ray Eames.

Slow down, park that pony out front, belly up to the bar and have a drink. Great interior design is a process that takes time. The pieces that inhabit your living space represent you life and the memories that have taken place.

Patience is key! You will find the right piece when the right moment occurs.