Find your “little black dress. Design is like fashion. Every home, like every woman’s wardrobe, benefits from a little black dress. In my family room, the oyster-colored Belgian linen sofa, along with the raffia on the ceiling and the sea-grass rugs on the floor, work like the little black dress—they are a versatile starting point for building a fashion statement. They create a neutral palette that allows me to accessorize with a mix of patterns on the throw pillows and on the chair cushions. These are my punches of color. Pattern on pattern works best when you go all the way—don’t fear it. Variations of blue and white work in my family room. I could change the ‘fashion’ of the room in one day with loden green and chocolate on pillows alone, because the raffia, sofa, and walls are all neutral. Don’t try to match exact colors; don’t be afraid to layer patterns or texture. The subtle changes in wall color, blended with rich textiles, can be compared to fashion where a blue paisley silk blouse and chocolate wool gabardine slacks are worn together blending texture and color. Just think ‘fashion’ when decorating.”
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