Rhiannon Ally talks with Donna Hoffman about how to decorate your home.
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How to Stylishly Decorate Your Home
Audra: Alright have you ever heard of the phrases you get what you pay for or sit like a lady, those usual phrases that you hear from moms. Well sometimes moms advice seems like it’s nagging but in the interior design world it can actually help make or break a room. Rhiannon explains.
Rhiannon: Thanks Audra, I’m here today with interior designer Donna Hoffman who has found that a little bit of advice from mom can really help with decorating a room. Thanks for joining us today Donna.
Donna: My pleasure Rhiannon.
Rhiannon: Okay now the first thing you say and we’ve all heard this, mom says don’t be too matchy matchy why is that?
Donna: So true, especially in the living room and in the family room. You don’t want that so far to match the chair and you definitely don’t want the end tables to match the coffee table, to match the sofa table as well. It’s a real down market look. It’s a catalogue look. In fact I brought a great photo to show you of a young family’s home that I worked on and you can see in that photo there’s the notching end table, coffee table and in the background and what we did was we relocated things. We broke up the marriage and we put certain pieces in another room so now we’ve got a new coffee table in that room by the way this marvelous over sized.
Rhiannon: So you can use purpose.
Donna: Exactly. In fact great point because you love the shape by splitting up into two rooms it get to see a shape that you love in two different areas of your home and at the end of the day you’ll have a much higher end look a richer look by doing wood pieces in the living room or the family that are in conversation with each other but not a matchy matchy look.
Rhiannon: Now we all want to find a good deal but we’ve also always heard from mom you get what you pay for.
Donna: So true and never more true than in the interior design and home furnishings world, the cheapest price item Rhiannon is almost going to be the most cheaply made using the cheapest materials and also the cheapest amount of labor, the American Consumer just doesn’t understand how much gets dropped down in the back room to land something at an inexpensive price.
The frame alone on the sofa starts to downgrade tremendously that lower the price point as do the cushions. In fact when you go upstairs and price point in the cushion of a sofa you get inside inner springs. You get a phone wrapping, you get a polybaton wrapping and you even get a down wrapping if you wanted to pay just a little bit of extra for comfort.
Rhiannon: And only gave a great example of quality versus saving a buck.
Donna: I do in fact these are two pillows same age one comes from a national retailer the other one comes from a custom work room, take a look at them from the profile one looks like a pancake and one has great loft. This is all about dropping out quality in the back room. This has the proper interfiled and this one doesn’t. The customer paid a lot for this so you get what you paid for.
Rhiannon: Donna you say there’s a right and a wrong way to work with florals?
Donna: Not only florals but any large print. My mother always used to tell me you know you look so cute in florals and my answer is I might but the sofa doesn’t if you think about that large scale print what it does for your lower half. Imagine that on 84 inch wide piece of a pole street, it’s going to take up a lot of space in a room so when I have a client say to me oh Donna I wish my living room were larger. I wish my family room was larger, get the large print off of the sofa because it’s going to take up a lot space visually and really shrink of the way that room feels. And mom always encouraged us to sit like a lady..
Rhiannon: I have to sit up straight even though you’re wearing jeans.
Donna: Well in interior design I say to all of my clients sit like the queen you are, sit like the king you are and I say have fun with your shares, let your chair silhouettes be little works of art go wide and deep in some really interesting new and unusual silhouettes maybe something that doesn’t exactly match the sofa like we’re talking about before. This is the place to do a little splash in color, in shape and even with some fun print.
Rhiannon: Thank you so much Donna these are all great tips and I guess Audra that means mother really does know best.
Audra: They certainly do, thanks a lot Rhiannon and stay with us we’ll be right back.