Sally Quinn is very forward and frank in her tone about decorating, manners, and daily life. I've long been a fan of her writing. In today's article, she talks about what makes a house a home. All of the money in the world won't make the difference. It's all about the personal touches, the bits and pieces you've collected over the years that hold special memories and the pieces of fabric or paper that touch your heart. Her comments on houses that look like they've just come from a catalogue or furniture showroom are spot-on.
Sally Quinn has some great pieces of advice, including:
- Everything doesn't need to match, but that the rooms should all look like they belong in the same house.
- Two things that warm up a house and make it a home are family photos and books - and she means tons of books!
- The high-low concept of covering a sofa in a cotton duck fabric, but having silk pillows with extravagant trimmings.
- It's your home - it should reflect you, not your decorator. Make it yours.
Take a look at this article, along with the accompanying interactive media presentation on the Post's website, which may require registration.
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