The Building Blocks
Many of us decorate not all at once but piece by piece, hopefully acquiring some enduring things over time. So if you can only start with one element, what should it be? It's not a very original question -- the shelter mags have covered this -- but I was curious to know the opinions of a few diverse blogger/interior designers. We begin with Girl Meets Glamour who says she would advise a friend or client to buy Baker's timeless Davenport sofa, top, or Anthropologie's Chesterfield.
Katie DID comes in at a different angle; she says invest in an antique.
"My first choice would be an antique secretary," she adds because "a slipcovered Ikea sofa can look wonderful when paired with an antique. A secretary can be used in so many ways: as a bedside table surface, extra storage, desk, bookcase...I would go with Chippendale chinoiserie or Biedermeier. Classic styles that can be used in traditional or contemporary settings as one's tastes may change." Katie suggests clients on a tight budget investigate estate sales.
[Image of classic mahogany secretary (not a Biedermeier) is from Beaman Antiques in Atlanta and the painted chinoiserie piece below is from The Decorator’s Secret, located in Stamford, Connecticut.]
I'll be back soon with other opinions.