Interior Design 101

     So many people seem so confused about creating personal spaces, that I thought I’d chime-in.
     I have a few rules:
     1) there are no rules.
     2) decorate for yourself, and your significant others- not the neighbors.
     3) form FOLLOWS function- which means, function comes first. It’s got to work for you.
     4) you need more lamps.
     5) do not express your personality with jazzed-up toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, bed sheets, or bath towels. Seriously- just stay with white. You’ll thank me.
     and…
     6) don’t give-in to the desire to cover every surface- but don’t forget the ‘small’ ones, either.
     Case in point:
     The areas I have photographed below (in my own home) are small spaces, but they are very, very important. Maybe more than the grand spaces we all long for.
     Why?
     Because they represent a first impression (the foyer space), a straight line visual (from the back to the front of the house between the french windows), a hard-working nook (cookbooks and cat door), a transition space (between kitchen and master bedroom), and the guest necessary room (carved out of the tight space under the stairs).
     Our home has several well proportioned rooms- very square and symmetrical. But it is also a house with many challenges that include odd spaces, and some high-up window placement (probably because this 158 year old house has been altered so many times). There are three fireplaces, which, don’t get me wrong, are wonderful but take up a lot of wall space (the dining room hearth is perilously close to the diner at that position). There is no dedicated laundry room (we have two sets of stackable washer/dryers- one in the master bath, and the other in the larger upstairs bathroom for guests), and there is no proper linen closet (carpenter working on that as we speak).
     So, you see, nothing is perfect. One works with what one has. 

Just don’t forget those small spaces. 
So many are really big.
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Important, yet narrow, area between the
two living room French windows.

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The ‘Foyer’- really more of an entry space,
but someones first impression.

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Tight space that must work on many levels- cookbook storage, cat door (lower left through the drapes),
comfortable seating, and access to a sunny window for plants.

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An odd corner in the downstairs powder room.
No less dramatic than any other space, and always a place to sit.

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A transition wall-space between the kitchen and the master  bedroom.
It is beautiful to look at no matter which room your in.

   
   




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