My Favorite Interior Design Quotes

Today I thought I would share ten of my favorite interior design quotes with you.  1. One of my all time favorite quotes was penned by the late Dorothy Draper.  Dorothy was the first to professionalize the interior design industry by establishing the first interior design company.

"If it looks right, it is right."

2. Elsie de Wofe, known as America's "first lady of interior decoration" said...

"I opened the doors and windows of America,
and let in the air and sunshine."
Elsie de Wolfe
3. Next is a quote by William Morris, a 19th century textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist.  Morris was most know for his contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement.
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

4. Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, short story writer and designer said...

"True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision."
Edith Wharton
5. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German born architect and designer, most known for his famous Barcelona chair, penned these famous words...
"Less is More."
6.  Ruby Ross Wood, newspaper writer, author, and co-designer of Atlanta's Swan house once said...
"Decorating is the art of arranging beautiful things comfortably."
Ruby Ross Wood
7. Steve Jobs, an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, best known for co-inventing the Apple Computer once said...
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like
design is how it works."
8. Winston Churchill, British politician and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the second world war said...
"We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.”
Winston Churchill
9.  Charles Eames, an American designer who with his brother, Ray, were best known for their midcentury furniture.
"The details are not the details, they make the design.”
Charles Eames
10.Scott Adams, an American cartoonist, creator of the Dilbert comic strip said...
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, 
Design is knowing which ones to keep"
What is your favorite design quote?
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Until next time,

Small House Decorating

One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating small spaces is using furniture that is too small.  That is unless you live in a "tiny home."  That doesn't mean that you don't think about scale and proportion.  Those two items are very important.  Select pieces that fit the scale of the space. Here are some tips for decorating your small home or condo:

1. Be organized and get rid of the clutter.  If you haven't used it in a while, get rid of it; donate it, sell it, or give it away.  You've heard the saying "a place for everything and everything in its place."  This is very important in a small space.

2. Open concept living is not something new but if you live in an older space, you may have lots of separate spaces. Open up your rooms if you can.  When rooms flow onto one another, they don't seem as small.  Living rooms that double as dining rooms or eat-in kitchens are wonderful.

3. Use Multi Functional Pieces - Look for multiple uses in everything you buy. An ottoman is great as a footstool or coffee table, but an ottoman with hidden storage is even better.

4. Think vertical and use the space up to the ceiling whenever you can - shelves and high storage can be a lifesaver in a small space.

5. Don't be afraid of color but be careful with the colors you select. A neutral palette works great in a small space but can become boring.  Develop color palettes that flow from room to room.  If you go neutral, add pops of color and carry that color throughout the whole space.

6. Repeat materials and finishes.  Think of your space as one space instead of lots of small spaces.  The similar finishes and materials will unify the space.

7.  Embrace the light.  Use lots of lamps to brighten up your space and use mirrors wherever you can to reflect that  light.  A brighter space will feel larger.  Get rid of heavy window treatments and opt for lighter airier treatments or even no treatments at all if privacy isn't an issue.

8.  Arrange your furniture to take in views and expand visual space.

9.  Think traffic flow.  When arranging furniture consider how you move around from space to space.

10. Less is More. Accessorize in moderation.  William Morris (the man behind the Arts and Crafts Movement) once said...

So if you live in a small space, I hope you found some useful advice today.

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Until next time,