I frequently receive calls from new clients to help them combine two households. Marrying at a later stage in your life can be a real challenge especially for an Interior Designer. In the summer of 2005 I married for the first time in my late forties. I was lucky though, the moving van pulled into my new husband’s driveway and they loaded a grandfather clock, an antique Stickley bookcase and his television.
Ellen Griffin, a New York based Interior Designer married later in life as well and her husband was moving from a 400-square-foot bachelor pad with no furniture. “The perfect husband for a decorator,” she jokes. My thoughts exactly!
My husband Rick, will tell you, it’s an everyday adventure being married to me. I replaced an antique table in a room located off, what I call, the heart of the house. The room has a beautiful bay window with a view of the lake. This room, I have deemed my husband’s man cave. It has his favorite worn leather chair and ottoman and his television. A quote by Mary Sarton states, “A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.”
Needing a place to store his paperwork and books, I replaced the antique table with a piece from one of my companies, Somerset Bay. It has a small drawer for pens and chargers and two doors for storage. It made him very happy.
Ok…so here’s the downfall to being married to an Interior Designer. I was at a client’s home and saw a glass plant stand against one of her kitchen walls. I thought wow, wouldn’t that piece from Somerset Bay look fantastic there!
Yes, you guessed it… The next day, I said to my husband, “Can you help me load your new table in my car?” I got the “look” from him. “Don’t worry honey,” I said, “I’ll order you another one.” The piece worked beautifully in my client’s kitchen and she loved it. A table that added storage for my husband’s books and paperwork in the den also worked in my client’s kitchen giving her additional storage and a place to place a lamp.
I’ve always felt that rooms should be welcoming spaces that delight the eye and put you at ease. Whether they are a blend of neutrals or vibrant colors, minimalistic or organized clutter, you want rooms that invite you in revealing their beauty slowly.
The most refreshing spaces, whether a bright kitchen or a classic garden, soothe, surprise and delight.
Properly placed furniture leads you into a room without creating walls. Properly placed, it should invite conversation. A beautiful home that’s loved and cared for immediately puts you in a good mood.
One of my favorite things to do is helping clients rearrange their furnishings. I love visualizing where pieces could be moved to create this feeling of surprise and delight. With my vision, I see moving an extra table with two chairs away from the dining room table and chairs to a location in front of a window that’s across the room and has a beautiful view of your garden. The table now has its own space and in the winter on Sunday’s you could enjoy your newspaper and coffee at the table. Yes, we will have to move your baby grand piano but, I have a great spot for that too!
Delight your senses. Have me come and take a look at your room. I’ll leave you with a quote by Samuel Johnson. “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” I second that emotion.