Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books
One of my favorite decorating books is Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books.
The book is about finding your own approach to design. All of the interiors are Traditional, but the eight different designers have very different approaches.
There are a lot of photos, as you would expect. But the designers explain their process. They let you know what to look for in each photo.
November 2014 Redbook has a great article in the Design School series.
Redbook Design School series November 2014
Make any room feel bigger
Tiny space? No problem. Listen to this wisdom and you’ll swear that someone snuck in and added some serious square footage to your home.
Posted on November 3, 2014, and tagged area rug, curtains, Design School, drapes, feel bigger, paint, scale, slipper chair, Tiny room, tiny space.
Log Cabin Lighting – Rustic Chandeliers
You really don’t have to follow any rules when decorating a log cabin.
“Until the 1930s, most retreats in the Rocky Mountains were decorated with either mission or Victorian furnishings.”
Rustic Traditions by Ralph R. Kylloe
Just as now, people followed their taste. Often lighting was designed by the architect to fit the proportions and scale of each room.
Monte Carlo 52″ Great Lodge Rustic Ceiling Fan with the look of rough hewn pine logs with pine cone accents and Lodge Pine Blades
Posted on December 17, 2013, and tagged Antler, artificial, blacksmiths, Chandeliers, Cowboy, craftsman, deer, elk, forged adirondacks, hides, horn, Indian, isinglass, Log Cabin, metal, mica, Mission, moose, natural, pine, Rocky Mountains, Rustic, Thomas C. Molesworth, Thomas Canada Molesworth, Victorian, Western.
The new Early Electric Collection of pendants from WAC Lighting look like vintage lighting, but can use just 5 watts of energy.
Quick Connect 3-Light Multi-point Mirror Glass Canopy with Mason Jar LED Pendants
They all use an LED light source.
Work in Progress – This is the living room of my log cabin.
So, you have an idea file. You know what you like. You have walked through furniture stores and gotten ideas. You have inventoried what you already have and decided whether it is staying or going.
Creating a beautiful comfortable home that reflects your taste and personality can be extremely rewarding. The secret is to take your time, make a plan and enjoy the process.