From a fresh coat of white paint to choosing comfortable, neutral furniture, here is some advice on how happiness starts at home.
Mix It Up
A mixture of culture and periods makes for the most interesting rooms, and juxtaposing high and low makes a room more casual and homey. The living room of this New York apartment is decorated with a 1930s coffee table by Jean Dunand, '40s armchairs by Andre Arbus, '50s Swedish slipper chairs, and a '70s mirror by Neal Small.
Choose Colors That Flatter You
Decorate your rooms to show you off at your best. This room was painted lavender to complement the homeowners green eyes. Michael Taylor chair. Karl Springer dressing table.
Decorate With What You Love
This look was achieved by using layer upon layer of cherished items. The homeowner states, "I bought things I knew I'd never tire of, and I've found out that if you love something, you'll find a place for it." His living room is furnished with antiques and vintage pieces, including a faux fireplace added for its architectural interest.
Remember the Power of White Paint
Because white reflects light it sends off a wonderful energy and a prism of color that one may not necessarily be aware of. In this 1820s New Orleans cottage, a white hue was used to transform the formerly dark dining room into a space that's light and cheery. Walls are Frostine by Benjamin Moore. Ligne Roset Tania chairs ring a table made of reclaimed cherrywood.
Make a Colorful Statement in the Entry
First impressions count, and a strong statement in the entry hall gives an indication of what you'll see in the rest of the house. Custom bench in S. Harris's Calypso. China Seas' San Marco wallpaper.
Include Some Whimsy
Use little surprises to keep a house from becoming too serious, and put fun items in unexpected places. This homeowner put an inherited collection of Staffordshire figures at the foot of the stairs.