One newer way of decorating one’s home is very spare. So spare it can border on indecent. One rule I learned in the past, is not to have lots of leggy chairs in your living room. You do see more of the leggy look now. However leggy chairs with no rugs are a huge disappointment to me. It gives the room an unfinished feel and look to it. It’s akin to wearing a very short dress that gets much shorter when sitting and you are visiting with the Pope. Not a good judgement. Cover those legs! Chairs with deep padding and skirts help make a room much more cozy.
House Beautiful’s Gretchen Rubin’s Manhattan apartment. Does this look cozy to you? It appears to be a very large room and the way it is divided is definitely a success. Two sofas sitting at an angle to one another. Three armchairs make sure there is ample seating. A large rug anchors the grouping. It reads as a neutral room regardless of the wall color. What did you notice first when you saw this photo? The overall feeling? I think so. It’s neutral furniture except for a lavendar sofa and the wall color. Light neutrals look really handsome against a dark wall. Dark walls take the room up a notch and ground this extra large room. Can you imagine a white on white in this space? I hope not. This is a room that is decorated with timelessness in mind. That isn’t an easy look to pull together. Timeless in decorating is almost a oxymoron. Things change so rapidly now that it borders impossible. But I have to applaud this endeavor!
Purple wisteria still blooming in my backyard.
From the vault, a tablescape with purple irises, and roses.