Mixing Makes Perfect
“Some of the best memories are made around the table and at cocktail parties. Take advantage of all the great stuff you have in your cabinets and don’t be afraid to use the special pieces you own.”
Idea to Steal: Blend different time periods and materials. It adds character and interest. You don’t want everything—glasses and plates—to look the same.
“There’s nothing worse than having a room look like you simply bought a suite of furniture. Your home should reflect who you are. It’s all about a well-traveled feel and combining modern pieces with older ones and antiques.”
Idea to steal: Ross says don’t be afraid of pattern on pattern, color on color. “There’s no right way of mixing and matching. Just do what looks interesting to you.”
“I think the real personality of a room comes out through what you live with. Not just your sofa and chairs, but also what’s in your bookcase, the artwork you buy, and the lamps that you choose.”
Idea to Steal: Make a statement by switching out a few pieces on a fireplace mantel. “You’ll be surprised how easily you can give the room an entirely new look and feel.”
Sweat the Small Stuff
“I’m always looking for timeless pieces—decorative items that work well and are an interesting mix. I really love the eclectic collection of stuff that I’ve bought through the years at flea markets and estate sales. And there’s something really nice about adding traditional elements to a modern space.”
Idea to Steal: Use candlelight throughout a home—in your entrance, the living room, even on the kitchen table.