|Breakfast on a porch, à la Betty Lou Phillips.|
In another life, when I was in my 20s and early 30s, I was very much into DIY — refinishing furniture, painting rooms and garden furniture, refurbishing stuff. Those were ambitious years. Since then I’ve been more into self-help which is less hands-on, but is not without its merits.
Please don’t misunderstand me when I refer to “self-help.” It can and does apply to most everything in life, for example decorating which is my point today.
I have directly lifted a list of helpful hints from Betty Lou Phillips’ latest book, The French Way With Design. Please slide your little cursor down to the post below if you haven’t read my interview with the award winning interior designer and author.
Furniture Artfully Set on An Angle Opens Up A Room: Placing pieces on a diagonal, or simply angling an armoire, for example, in a corner rather than pushing it against a wall reflects the influence of the French, who have a talent for thinking inventively when it comes to crafting areas stylish and smart.
Two Wood Pieces Sitting Side-by-Side Are Less Than Neighbourly: Separating hard surfaces with fabric-covered upholstery allows them to keep a discreet distance, thus avoiding the perception that something is amiss.
Furnishings, Regardless of How Attractive: They look best when varied in height, in the same way that layering large, lush blooms makes a flower arrangement most interesting. An ottoman may unexpectedly disrupt a stream of furnishings of equal stature while doubling as extra seating or as a coffee table.
Clearly, It Is Fine to Repeat A Shape: But nestling round forms, for example, amidst rectangular, square or oval ones is significantly more pleasing.