Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Quotes from famous designers...and one from me

"Lighting in your home is an important accessory it's like the jewelry you wear with your little black dress." Kimberlee Jaynes
 As we all need to do once in a while, unplug for 7 days. Dwight and I are heading out to gather some sun rays...on Maui. Below are some thought provoking quotes  from famous designers about Interior Design from Elle magazine.; tey are he aessories to your room. 
“I couldn’t live without something that touches my heart. No one should.”—Fashion designer Donna Karan, April 02
“Architecture is supposed to complete nature. Great architecture makes nature more beautiful—it gives it power.”—Architect Claudio Silvestrin, February 91
“Furniture and food are ways that people define their attitude toward life. They’ll buy better stuff if it’s offered to them.”—Design visionary Sir Terence Conran, June/July 04
“Objects really do acquire a life of their own, when they’ve been held and loved for years.”—Antiques dealer Vito Giallo, February/March 99
“When you do a modern space, each item is extremely important. You can't ad lib.”—Interior decorator Noel Jeffrey, September 07
“I gravitate to handcrafted and textural things—things with good imagination.”—Decoupage artist/shopkeeper John Derian, December 08
“I don’t discriminate when it comes to provenance. Home Depot changed my life.”—Decorator/author Tricia Foley, December/January 02
“Light, air, sound. In every space, it’s how you embrace those things.”—Architect Michael Gabellini, November 07
“The most elegant interiors are just slightly tatty.” —Interior designer David Netto, October 05
“I love the mystery and exoticism of Chinese culture, and the simple, timeless nature of the furniture. In the West, each period is marked by a distinct style, but in the East, even things made 300 years ago look perfectly contemporary today.”—Guerlain cosmetics creative director Olivier Echaudemaison, October 03
“Most people start out wanting to go for their fantasy, but end up painting their walls dove-white.”—Shopkeeper/interior decorator Rayman Boozer, May 06
“When it comes to art, buy with your eyes, not your ears. I tried very hard not to ‘decorate’ with art. Art should be reflective of your personality and what’s going on in your head—not reflective of the colors of a sofa.”—Hotelier Jason Pomeranc, November 05
“I must have books everywhere. They’re the soul of a room—they reveal the taste, the interests, and the secrets of whoever lives there."—Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, April 02
“Buy the best, and you only cry once."—Interior designer Miles Redd, November 06
“Matchy-matchy is not for me. I don’t want things to be too perfect. It’s like pairing a matte top with a shiny skirt, so they play off each other. I want there to be relationships with texture and color, and sometimes it’s more about the contrast that chimes."—Fashion designer Peter Som, September 05
“There is a conception in this country about luxurious things that we have to save them for a time that’s right. But an object is truly luxurious if you allow it to be, if you use it. When you live with beautiful things you stimulate your mind, you enjoy life a little bit more."—Fashion designer Ralph Rucci, September 05
“When I see something great, it doesn’t matter where it comes from. In fact, sometimes the best things are from cheesy places."—Hotelier/restaurateur Jeff Klein, April 02
“I need contrast—the old and the new, the rough and the soft. The clash of it all is very sexy.”—Fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, April 02
“Minimalist rooms can be so beautiful, but I can’t live in one; I love objects too much.”—Interior designer Bunny Williams, December 03
"I could never live without artwork. It’s a constant inspiration.”—Fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, April 02
"I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”—Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, March 05
"I love the visual energy that comes from the imperfect, the unexpected. People sometimes think designers create fairy tales, but we give them something that’s much more sincere. We don’t live in fairy tales.”—Interior designer Victoria Hagan, August/September 02
"In the most successful spaces, you don’t see everything at once. The more time you spend in them, the more you discover. They open up like flowers."—Interior designer Vicente Wolf, January/February 07
"There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future."—Interior designer Charlotte Moss, April 02
“Old houses are alive. All you have to do is pick up the thread and go with it. There is something reassuring about them that you don’t find in modern dwellings. A new space has to be tamed. It takes a lot of energy and quite a bit of intuition.”—Antiquaire Pierre Passebon, 

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