Friday, March 18, 2011

Loveliness in the Home -- Mindset

Here are some ways of thinking about loveliness in the home that I know I can learn from. I hope you will enjoy them, too.

Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement; a sanded floor and whitewashed walls and the green trees and flowery meads, and living waters outside.
William Morris

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris

Fashion fades; Style is eternal
Yves St. Laurent
(This quote is about clothing, but applies to how we live in our homes, as well)

Simplicity, suitability and proportion. Elsie De Wolf (early interior decorator)

You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way...Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours. Dorothy Draper

Birds are so much wiser than we! A robin builds a nest for robins. A seagull builds a nest for seagulls. They don't copy each other - or build themselves nests as described in The Birds' Decorating Magazine. Dorothy Draper

Everything in a bedroom should contribute to an atmosphere of peace.
Billy Baldwin

tick to the things you really love. An honest room is always up to date.
Billy Baldwin

Repeat shapes to gain harmony. Eleanor McMillen Brown

The basic rules of proportion and scale are unchanging. They are reinterpreted according to the needs of the time. I like simplicity and I believe in restraint. Above all, there should be harmony-of proportion, line, color, and feeling. The most important element in decorating is the relationship between objects- in size, form, texture, color, and meaning. None of these is in good taste in itself but only in relationship to where it has been placed and what purpose it is to serve. Eleanor McMillen Brown

Make every room a living room. Alexandria Stoddard

I strongly believe that people may not want, or may not be able, to start again from scratch, so giving old furniture a new lease of life is at the heart of my philosophy.
Nina Campbell

There is no reason either in prose or in rhyme, why a whole house should not be a poem.
Ella Church Rodman

There must be fitness, appropriateness, proportion, simplicity, harmony, and durability.
Ella Church Rodman

Neither good taste nor wealth... can transform a house into a home, for a home does not consist in the quality of its architecture or decor, but in the quality of the lives that it expresses. Philippa Tristam

The test of a home is whether it makes the visitor feel at ease. Philippa Tristam

The greatest mistake in the world is to believe that so-called good taste is any use without a sense of comfort to complete it.
Sibyl Colefax

Some helpful resources:

Lovely House -- Don't be overwhelmed by so much design advice.

Don't overload house with too many things -- thoughts on thrifting.

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