All photos courtesy of David Jimenez
A couple months ago, David emailed me and asked if I would contribute a quote on an article he was working on for Spaces Magazine in Kansas City. Here’s mine, at the top of the first page:
Since I first discovered design blogs I have been a huge fan of David’s look and design style. I even used two of his photos in one of the first and most popular posts I ever wrote. David Jimenez is the Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Store Design for Hallmark Cards. He also played an important role in developing the visual aesthetic of The Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.
I have wanted to feature him on my blog for a long time and thought I’d use this opportunity to get some of his best tips on styling a room. Here they are:
Sometimes the smallest styling details have the largest impact. In my experience, the best styling details are the ones that aren’t formulaic and happen spontaneously—an extension of the design sensibility of the home owner, a reflection of their personal style, interests and passions. . . a little magic that often happens in the process of setting up a new home or tackling a new room design project.
The following are a few of my favourite styling tips:
Whether it’s a vintage alarm clock, donut phone or hip thrift store lamp, these classics add instant panache and style to most any interior.
Books add Depth
Heap a stack of books on a coffee table, side table or credenza. The effect is always the same, easy chic that goes far in making a room look collected.
Flowers with Punch
A hit of colour in the way of fresh flowers can keep any room from becoming prosaic. The key is in identifying a contrasting colour to the decor in the room. I love the look of Pink Coral Peonies in my mostly neutral living room and green or white Hydrangeas in my chocolate Sun Room.
Wallpaper that makes a Statement
Beyond paint, the easiest way to add drama to an entry or bedroom is to cover one wall with wallpaper. There are terrific options on the market that range from flocked to foils and are relatively inexpensive when you’re the only covering a single wall.
Indoor furniture outdoors
If it’s comfortable inside, then it’s bound to be a hit outdoors on a patio, deck or portico. Consider upholstering classics like wing chairs or a camelback sofa in low-maintenance fabrics like Sunbrella or naugahyde for years of good wear.
Just add Fruit
Fifteen years ago I read an article in Met Home that said that a bowl of lemons in the kitchen was inviting and created a welcoming feeling. After all these years, it’s still fresh advice. Consider oranges, apples and pears as other good options.
Sex up your Bathroom
Sometimes bathrooms can be the most neglected rooms in the home. Make a bold and dramatic statement in your bathroom by adding colour to the walls, hanging a new shower curtain, burning a beautifully scented candle and even installing a chic light fixture. Your guests will appreciate the attention to detail and you’ll love the makeover.
A Wall of Eclectic Photography
Whether it’s framed family photos or collected pieces of art, nothing is more personal or looks as chic as a gallery wall in a room. I usually stick to all black and white with a combination of photos and charcoals for interest.
Thanks David for including me in your article and for all your tips on making any space Happy! Which one is your favourite?
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