Sunday, December 30, 2007

Out with the old in with the new!

     Here we are once again, another year has gone by, leaving most of us to wonder how quickly time does goes by and feeling somewhat nostalgic. Perhaps I'm projecting, but I digress, not unusual of course. Before years end I would like to leave you all with a few words of design advice to better guide you through your interior design adventures in 2008.
     As you take on new design challenges, especially when working with a designer take the time to explore your personal likes and dislikes. Think about the direction you would like your space to take and verbalize it clearly when meeting with your design expert. Remember that unlike an artist that interprets the world as he or she sees it, a designer must interpret the world as you the home owner see it. 
A qualified design professional should not impose his or her own style on you but rather guide you with a firm hand, a very very firm hand. Your home's success depends on you both, in fact a great example of an involved home owner is renowned actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Typically people love to delegate taste, however Gwyneth was intimately involved in the design of her new summer home in the Hamptons, clearly resulting in a retreat that she and family can identify with. Who wants to feel like a stranger in their own home? Be sure to check out photos of Gwyneth's summer home at

This year don't be afraid to be adventurous, don't worry about making a mistake, otherwise you will end up in a rut. Look to fashion for inspiration, this upcoming season is about romance and softness. Think flowers, and very little hardware unlike past seasons. Use beautiful soft corals and yellows, luscious textures and gentle shapes. This seems to be a multi directional season and a very gentle one at that. This change in mood is definitely a reaction to political and economical world events, where fashion, interior design and the arts in general conspire "to keep alive the idea that the world can be a beautiful, gentle place" Vogue, jan 2008.
     Lastly, be sure to spoil yourself, follow the advise of Parisian writer and diarist Anais Nin, who said she dressed up "even to mow the lawn, wearing beautiful gowns and full makeup, because dressing well is a way to add beauty to your surroundings, and inspiring yourself and others". On this note, happy new year to all, may 2008 bring you health, design, and happiness.

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