In consideration of all that, I’ve decided to spend the next few Fridays dissecting the article, debunking some of the “rules”, and explaining why the ones that really work are worth paying attention to. Let’s rock and roll!
Investing your money in the best sofa you can afford is the smartest move you can make. A sofa is many things. It is a good book nook, a cushy movie theater seat, a special snuggle spot and even the occasional sick bed. Hardwood frames, 8-way hand tied springs, and spring down cushions are just a few signs of quality construction. Expect to spend the bulk of your decorating budget on a sofa.
If you have small children or pets, I always suggest a really durable fabric or washable slipcover. Today’s microfiber looks a lot like the ultra suede of my youth, except it’s much easier to maintain, as spills wipe right off. Heavyweight woven fabrics are also a good option. I suggest selecting a solid color neutral if your not sure what design direction you want the space to take. Then, you can change out pillows and accessories for a whole new look. If you want a printed fabric, chenilles and tapestries are great options, as they don’t show much wear and tear.
My parents have had the same sofa for at least 40 years. It’s been recovered a few times, but, ask anyone who has ever fallen asleep there, it is still one of the most comfortable spots to curl up for an afternoon nap. Quality lasts, kids.
As far as hanging art 9″ above a sofa of chair, I believe it really depends on the situation. I have a single piece of art hanging over my sofa right now. It sits in centered in front of two windows, and the artwork is hung in between them at an equal distance from the sofa and the ceiling. It works. 9″ is a good starting point, but if it doesn’t feel right, you may want to eyeball it until get the look you want.
On page 88 of the exact same issue, Douglas Brenner interviewed Annie Brahler, owner of Euro Trash. In several photos in the spread, Annie proves that they are art to her by layering sumptuously framed mirrors throughout her gilded home. It’s not my style, I don’t want to imagine walking around naked in that hallway, but that’s kind of the point. It’s completely her, and that’s a good thing. Your house should reflect your personality, just like hers does.
I have a couple of beautiful mirrors with hand-carved frames and you will never convince me that they are not art. Someone put a lot of love, time and energy to make them and I appreciate the beauty and effort of their craft.
A pet peeve of mine is when someone hangs one over a fireplace in a room that’s too small. You will end up hating it, and probably be plagued with neck problems down the road. A lot of builders think this is a perfectly logical spot for a TV, and often pre-wire the area above the mantle. If your room is large, and the seats are far enough away it can work, but if your room is of average size you are going to spend all your time leaning your head backwards. Be sure to field test the placement of your furniture before you settle on the perfect spot for your television.
Next week, I’ll tackle the quotes on bedrooms. It is a little scary to take on these giants of design, and I know I’m opinionated, but isn’t that why you came here? I know it wasn’t because of all the posts with photos of bikini clad babes.
Made you look!