by Lynn Byrne
I believe, like Mario Buatta, that if you don’t know about the 18th and 19th centuries, you can’t decorate for the 21st.
I believe that to recognize a room with great bones, you need to know great architecture.
I believe that to select the best furniture you must know what “honest construction” really means.
I believe you need to be on a first name basis with all of the Louis’s and can recognize each one from afar.
I believe you should choose furniture like you would choose sculpture, with sharp attention paid to its form from all sides.
I believe you will always choose the right paint color, if you study the color combinations chosen by great artists.
I believe that there is a language of design and that you should know its terms.
I believe the more you look, the more you know.
I believe that your first purchase for an empty room should be graph paper so you can create your floor plan.
I believe that you can grow a “great eye” if you study hard enough.
I believe that dinner should be eaten in the dining room, and so should breakfast.
I believe that mixing up different design periods and price points with aplomb is classic design and not a trend.
I believe art makes the room.
I believe that God is in the details. (I know I am not alone in this. *wink* )
I believe your home is like your autobiography. It defines you, and like your life, it is always a work in progress.
So here I am, several years after I first started my blog, finally getting around to telling you what it is all about.
Sure, in my very first post for Decor Arts Now, I proclaimed that I would write about decorative arts–which includes a solid background in the different periods of furnishings, textiles, lighting etc. that make up the history of design– because I believe it is the foundation of great design today.
But a manifesto? I barely knew what a blog was, and my ideas of how to shape one were essentially nonexistent. I began blogging when my design work slowed down due to the economic downturn. Back then, I winged it, and I wrote about what I cared about–hoping you would care about it too. I still do that.
As time went on I became increasingly passionate about this blog. Writing it has pushed aside interior design as my main focus. But I am proud of my “rooms” and I wanted to share them with you. I like to think they reflect my manifesto.
I also want to give a nod to one of my design idols. If I had to chose only one book (near impossible!) to offer someone struggling with the challenge of an empty room, it would have to be Mariette Himes Gomez’s first volume Rooms.
That book truly helped me crack the design code. I hope you enjoy my rooms and that you also care about the topics I choose to write about.
Kitchens & Breakfast Rooms
Photo Credits: Except for the first bedroom, which was photographed by Domenica Comfort, all photography by Ellen Mcdermott.