Decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines, it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.
The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.
We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.
I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives.
Simplicity, suitability and proportion.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Remember, color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure.
There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe.
Have you ever noticed how some rooms exude a certain energy, warmth, and a harmony of spirit? If you have, then you have experienced the language of the home. A language softly spoken, and univerally understood.
The whole point of interior design is about creating environments where people can really live their lives and where you can connect with your friends and family.
Decorating is like music. Harmony is what we constantly strive for. At home, we want a peaceful atmosphere where the objects are the notes and nothing is off-key.
What we remember most about rooms we like is the 'atmosphere.'
Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.
There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.
For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond to and balance one another
I like to preserve simplicity rahter than over-polishing. Fashions are changeable. Taste is in realizing the essence of a place.
One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes.
You don't sell a commodity, you sell joy, gaiety, excitement. You aim at people's hearts, not their minds.
In design, Mother Nature is our best teacher.
An interior designer must be able to clarify his intent keeping ever in mind that decorating is not a look, it's a point of view.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Interiors speak! Rooms emphasize whether one exists or lives, and there is a great difference between the two!
The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what's in or what's out. This is not an easy job.
Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
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