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.”







One response to “And I Quote . . .

  1. I love the color combinations!

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