As the author of multiple design books and a former Elle Decor and House & Garden editor, Susanna Salk lives and breathes design! I’m honored she’s here today to share not one, but two bits of advice for your home. Enjoy! xo, Tobi
There are two lessons that are always chanting through my head, whether I design for myself or others. I learned both of these lessons by studying the rooms I particularly loved from masters like Peter Dunham and Bunny Williams. They are never afraid to layer their rooms deeply, while still managing to balance it all out.
[Image from Be Your Own Decorator; Room Design by Charlotte Moss]
Lesson 1: There’s power in pairs (or multiples). One of something- no matter how precious-can look puny. The minute you hang or place clusters or pairs of things together (whether this be pictures, floor lamps, chairs or collections) they take on an importance and a visual power.
[Image from Be Your Own Decorator; Room Design by Bunny Williams]
Lesson 2: Create layers. Layers in a room give a necessary dimension and delight the eye. So whether you are setting your table or creating a room from scratch, mix a variety of heights, textures and colors.
Don’t be afraid! Decorate fearlessly!
P.S. You can learn more about Susanna’s books, including Be Your Own Decorator, here.