Nearly two years ago, I posted this room to illustrate how I decorate much more by feel than by looks:
Some time last year, I found out that that gentleman on the couch there is P. Allen Smith, a garden expert and television host and that’s what looks to be a study in his home. I also found another photo of the same room which shows just a little more of the space:
As I said in that old post, this is much more traditional than my style but I’m still so drawn to the feeling of this room. Given my design ADD, when a space still resonates with me years after first seeing it, I pay attention.
So what is it about this space? First it’s the layers. There are layers of books, art, rugs, lighting and accessories everywhere. Second and more importantly, all of it has a very casually strewn feel about it. The result is a room that invites you to sit (or lie) down, get comfortable ad hang out. You actually want to pick up and browse through these books unlike in so many rooms where they’re used as props and you’re afraid to move one because it’ll upset a vignette; it’s the kind of room where you feel like you can put your feet up, set your drink down wherever and totally relax without worrying about messing something up. In other words, it’s about real living, not staging. Of course, it would be naive to think there isn’t some styling involved when an interior is being shot but in this case, I’d venture to say not a whole lot.
I guess the bottom line is it feels authentic and lived in, not too precious or perfect. Let’s face it, perfect is kind of boring. That’s the feeling I strive for in the spaces I decorate and it’s much harder than it sounds!
Boy, this post was a lot wordier than usual, wasn’t it? I guess I just have a lot to say on the topic. So what are your thoughts? If you missed the second post on the topic of decorating by feel, you can find it here.
(Photo: 1.My Home Ideas 2.P. Allen Smith)