"Books. They're intimate and revealing. My very first client was a great reader, and she had this magnificent library with thousands of books in vertical stacks. Some were used as stands. Some were used as tables. Nothing was arranged properly. It looked amazing.
"Family photographs, a dog, and a sofa you can vacuum."
"Using a room gives it heart and soul. People never use their living rooms. You've got to take it back, give it another purpose rather than just entertaining. Put your easel or drafting table in it like Jackie O did. Put your computer in it. Or put a big, double-wide wicker chaise lounge next to the fireplace with a big mohair blanket at the end and make it your prime napping spot."
"All those subliminal things you don't really see but experience, like solid wood doors with solid brass hardware. And there's nothing like real hardwood floors -- that lovely creak.
"Red rooms always have heart and soul."
George Nakashima table
"A strong point of view. I know a couple who collect George Nakashima furniture and Swedish modern. I had a client and everything she collected was English Arts and Crafts. When you step into their rooms, you're stepping into their vision."
"Objects imbued with memories."
"Mucking it up. If it's a catalog-perfect modern room, bring home an old neoclassical chair with three-quarters of the gold leaf flaking off. Put some Lulu DK or Paul Smith fabric on it so that it feels very particular."
"Good old Oriental rugs
give a beautiful soul to a room."
"A real fire going; a cashmere throw; pomegranates in a wooden bowl; walnuts and a nutcracker; scented Diptyque candles (Figuier in summer and Cannelle in winter); stacks of books; and a nice vodka on the rocks."
"The items you love...
the things that make you happy every time you see them."
All quotes gratefully reproduced from House Beautiful Magazine's column,
"The Last Words."
"The Last Words."
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