To find out the best way to spruce up your FOF digs, we went straight to the source... 3 interior designers who are FOFs themselves. Here they share their favorite design books, tips, tricks and even the websites they shop. Do you have a favorite design tip or resource? Share it with us by commenting below.
1. Terri Symington
and Pottery Barn
set the standard in terms of resources available to the general public.
–Shop owners across the country show some of their pieces there. The best part: Even though they may list prices, you can usually contact the retailer and negotiate.
-The Roundtop Antique Fair
– Twice a year in spring and fall people come from all over the country to get great deals on antiques and housewares.
-Don’t follow trends. Define your own personal style. The biggest mistake that women make is listening to too many other people.
-Stay away from anything cute unless it’s for a nursery.
-Think of the architecture of the space, and don’t try to create a theme. I detest themes. If you have a taste for country French, but you don’t personalize it, the look becomes too much.
-Group collections together; don’t spread them out all over your house.
-Keep your space clean and simple. It makes it so much easier to enjoy life….
3. Sheree Vincent
-For global objects: “I always try to shop in fair-trade stores. One I like is Alsadu in Minneapolis or online at www.Alsadu.com
-For small, trendy home accessories: Homegoods
, Pottery Barn
and thrift stores. “You can get good deals at these stores and if something goes out of style it’s not such a big deal to swap it out for something new.”
-Less is more but sometimes it is hard to minimize. Collections are wonderful but if you put out every piece, the beauty of the individual items gets lost. Instead display two or three items at a time and rotate the collection by swapping in new pieces every few months.
-Choose pieces and colors that make you happy. Looking at different colors in a paint store can be overwhelming. I recommend sampling four to five colors (many paint stores now let you do this) and painting squares on your wall. After a week living with the colors it will become clear which one you like best.
-Find unexpected purposes in common objects. I’ve used baskets as wall art and pottery as water fountains!