And I Quote . . .

Hello – often creative inspiration hides.  We might question or be questioned regarding the truisims that define our design aesthetic.  Yes, there are basic design principles to follow:  balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, proportion, rhythm, variety and unity.  But what beyond the schematic?  How does a “mold breaker” compose a space that shouldn’t make sense but does?   Perhaps it’s with a light touch or a heavy punch.  Simply put, this post is validation inferred by those who have done it and said it better, kicked down the door, or eloquently tapped the tipping point of incredible design “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” – Billy Baldwin  

Billy Baldwin, 1939 Living Room, Photo: Michael Koryta


“…I’ve always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake.” – Billy Baldwin

”Great blends of pattern, like great dishes, must be carefully tasted.  And constant tasting is what teaches a cook how to taste.” -Billy Baldwin

Billy Baldwin, The Paley's Apartment at the St. Regis Hotel, NY, BLOG: DesignFaith

      “You can never judge a paint hue by the liquid color in the paint pot.  You must apply it to a wall, wait for the paint to dry, then decide.” –Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper, Greenbrier Resort Lobby, West Virginia, "In The Pink" Carleton Varney, Pointed Leaf Press

Timeless Dorothy Draper "Colors for Your Home" Benjamin Moore












“If you are a collector, let other people share your pride and joy.  Don’t sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble.  Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective.  Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis.  Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage.” –Dorothy Draper

Grouping of Portraits-Dorothy Draper Living Room, Conde Nast Archives

“In my view, no space without natural light is worthy of human occupation.” –John Saladino

Light and Still Life - John Saladino, Veranda, Jan/Feb 2010, PHOTO: Antoine Bootz

 “. . . rooms should be like a walk-in still life . . . the space should demonstrate an orchestration of shapes in harmony with each other.” –John Saladino

David Hicks' 1960's Living Room with "Coca Cola" Brown Walls, House Beautiful

 Color is the single most powerful component of any interior.”
– David Hicks

These fantabulous images are as breathtaking today as they were when they were initially designed.  Some of the wisest words, which offer us a path to follow when creating a space, belong to Sister Parish, and I quote, “Rooms should be timesless.”







Lighten Up

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 Hello  – I‘m working to improve the layout as the last blog was a hot mess so hopefully a more copesetic look will be in place soon. This week is about lighting – which is often times the last element to … Continue reading

Tickled Pink

Yes, I am.  For several reasons, namely this is the first blog for compose yourself.  It only took three weeks (or really a year) of undecided-ness and uncertainty to actually post something.  Composition Designs is passionate about fab design and how to integrate splenderful style into all aspects of the lives we lead so I’m jumping in head first.

But tickled pink is what Pantone has decided we all are for 2011 as they introduced their color of the year in early December 2010 and it’s . . . Honeysuckle, a red-ish pink that has a rich depth of color and isn’t a bit pastel.

Quarter to Pink Print from

Not a pink person?  Convinced this might be too-too to incorporate into our interiors?  Looking back over previous “colors of the year” we soon realize how powerful these predictions are for  consumers.  Last year it was the year of turquoise.  2009 – Mimosa, a vibrant yellow.  And who can forget the purples of 2008?  These colors were and still are in our homes and closets just as the design forecasting powers have declared we are now mad for pink!

Let’s put on our rose-colored glasses and take a shine to this optimistic hue.  Certainly it’s timely for Valentine’s Day but can be used to pump up those belgian beige’s, buddy-up to blues and partner perfect with greens.  Here are some easy, low-committment ways to work Honeysuckle:

Make pillows that pop! Amy Butler Cerise Fabric

-Love this Amy Butler Cerise fabric from

-Wallcoverings can add a zing to any room by covering table-side books in this zippy shade or placing in the rear interior of bookshelves.

-Adding a glimmer of pink to a mantel or tabletop with glass offers a powerful punch.

Stacy Garcia Mum @

Celia Wallcovering



IKEA Herrang Candle Holder

-So no pink elephant in the room!  Embrace pink this year.  Even the attendees at the Golden Globes were styled in this trendy color.

The Golden Globes were pink spot on!

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