In the introduction to his book New Farmhouse Style, Terry John Woods makes what I consider to be a defining distinction with regard to design that transcends any one style. “….this is not a how-to or a recipe book, but rather a what -if book”. To paraphrase his point: the recipe will tell you the ingredients to use – the how-to will give you exact measurements and instructions. Instead, “what if you look at design ideas and decorate with the things you love and that bring you comfort?”
Now….don’t think that I am advocating against my profession! Education, experience and a good eye are an essential part of the design equation. A design professional will integrate scale, balance, and color to bring harmony, while using what you love to live with in pleasing ways.
What if………….. you displayed a group of Tiffany boxes to accent the color scheme in a room
or filled a glass bowl with baseballs
or gathered favorite ‘smalls’, each with its own story, into a collage
or used a favorite painting as inspiration for a fireplace design
or hung family pictures, sketches and memorabilia to enhance a hallway
or displayed artifacts gathered while traveling, reminding you of past adventures
What if you created a home reflective of who you are, surrounding you with beauty and meaning!!!