Archive for month: October, 2012

Calm, Cool, Collected

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Grouping accessories makes a statement. Placing them around the room individually simply doesn’t have the same impact, and often looks cluttered.

If you have a collection, or several items that are similar in some way, gather them up and display them together. When determining your arrangement an odd number of items is more visually pleasing than even. The number of things displayed shouldn’t overwhelm the space, so make sure you’ve chosen an area that’s the right proportion. Try putting your tallest piece in back and working forward with the smallest being in font. You can also group items by type, style or color.

The most important thing to remember when displaying each item is that if you don’t love it, or it doesn’t have special meaning, then don’t include it! A well-curated collection can be a wonderful and interesting addition to any design.

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Lost Art: The Handwritten Note

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To my sweet surprise, I found a letter written in beautiful handwriting with an equally wonderful sentiment in my mailbox today. It came from fellow Designer Karen Newman of Pentimento Interiors in Newton, MA. She wrote to thank me for calling her back to share a design resource from my recent feature in Design New England Magazine. She was pleased that I had taken the time to call her back.

I’m so glad I did! What a lovely reward to receive an old fashioned note with elegantly curved letters and thoughtfully formed words. A handwritten note is one of my favorite things. I have always kept a box of blank cards in my desk drawer and, like Karen, will continue to uphold this waning but worthy tradition.

When is the last time you wrote or received a handwritten note in the mail?