August 20, 2011

5 Decorating Lessons Learned from Just 1 Visit to Lillian August

I always enjoy checking out a home furnishings store that stocks items across a wide array of decorating styles. Let's face it. There are very few people who stick to one style and one style alone. I, for one, love a unique vintage find (Brooklyn Flea is like my second home), but I also have absolutely no problem snagging a coffee table from a chain like West Elm or Crate & Barrel. So when I was invited on a tour of the spacious Lillian August showroom in Manhattan and discovered that it stocks furniture and accessories for just about everyone, I really felt like I hit the jackpot. (Oh and by the way, yes, I'm ashamed that I'd never been to Lillian August).

Walking around the Lillian August space, I came to realize that there were some key decorating lessons unfolding right before my eyes. Follow along...

Decorating "Rules" Can Be Ignored...

We've all heard it could be cliche to have two identical lamps so close together, but for some reason, it works here. The lamps add a good sense of balance to the console table and the white shades coupled with the beige sofa work to give the whole area a light feeling. This set-up also confirmed that sofas have to be comfy. It's non-negotiable in my book. You likely spend most of your time at home using your sofa, so why in the world would you have it any other way?

Color Does Wonders for an Office...

I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again. An office should boast bright, bold colors like those found on this red lacquer desk and lime green lamp and side table. Your office is most likely the one space in your home that you rely on to boost your creativity, so anything you can do to make it as lively as possible goes a long way and can even make you more productive. 

Find One Special Piece of Furniture...

If I was lucky enough to have the option to take home one piece of furniture from Lillian August, this cabinet, which was made in India, would've been my pick. Every home should have that one standout piece of furniture or accessory that just makes people stop and take notice whenever they visit. But more importantly, the item should hold special meaning for you in some way.

Shelves Are Meant to Be Styled...

Instead of piling your bookshelves with loads and loads of books, always try to weave in fun accessories to give them more character. The vintage trunks, glass bottles and pottery shown here make for an interesting display.  

Embrace Your Passion...

Don't be scared to incorporate elements of your personal passions or profession into your home. I have no interest in astronomy whatsoever, but I am, however, a huge lover of all things media-related. So throughout my apartment, you'll find anything from vintage magazines to the very first article I wrote for my college newspaper propped up on my desk in a nice frame.

Just remember that your home should reflect your world and decorating should always be a breeze. Happy decorating!

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