~10 Tips In 1 Day And 1 Bonus Tip~

Architectural Digest is one of my favorite magazines...I usually don't buy them...they are a little on the $$$ side...so....I just check them out online. A while back they did 100 tips in 100 days...I thought I would share 11 of my favorite. I narrowed it down to 10 plus 1 bonus tip for this post! It was hard to go from 100 to 10 y'all! Hope you enjoy the 10 I picked. All these photos came from Architectural Digest and all these tips are from the designers of these rooms. tip 1~ "I hate isolated chairs- If Clients want to know how to place their furniture, I tell them to give a party and see how their friends arrange it- That's how it should be." Mario Buatta
tip 2~ “Chintz is cozy; it tones a room down, takes off the fancy edge.” – Mario Buatta
tip 3~ "I save every thing and I love clutter. A house is like a book of memories- It's never finished." Mario Buatta

tip 4~ "Always keep a scrapbook of rooms and houses you like." William Hodgins

tip 5~ "Group Collections of objects together- It gives them more importance and will have a greater, more dramatic impact." Marjorie Shushan

tip 6~ "Equipment and wares are meant to be seen and to provide the ambiance of a cooks kitchen". Robert A.M. Stern Love that one!!!!

tip 7~ "Shells and coral fit into any style decor and do not just relate to the beach." Larua Hunt Love this look!!!

tip 8~ "Antiques never go out of style" Williams Hodgins So true!!!!

tip 9~ "I've always believed small spaces are more intimate in dark colors." Carleton Varney

tip 10~ "It's important for all the rooms in the house to feel related. Every house should have its own consistent story." Marjorie Shushan

Bonus Tip~ and My favorite tip~ It's all about balance- Color form, proportion, scale, light, art, new and old- Only follow some 'Rules' - it's much more fun to break them! Susanne Tucker I have to say this one was my favorite! The others are great to go by....but do what you want and use what you like...it's your home!
I have a couple of 'Rules' I go by....1. Stay away from 'Themes'. Themes go in and out of style and you become tired of them very soon too! If you stay with the 'Basics' of the 'Style' you like, then it is easy to add or take away from your room. It is also a lot more cost effective! 2. Use what you have....shop your own home first!
I want to leave you with one of my favoirte quotes~ "Style cannot be bought. It is not what you wear, but who you are. Style is the way you decorate your house. It is your taste in books, music, poetry, and art. It's the way you arrange your flowers. Style is the personal touch you give to everything and everyone in your life. Style has nothing to do with money, but it is the way you live your life. Alda Ellis
Hope you all have enjoy the 10 tips for today! To see all 100 tips go over to Architectural Digest . Have fun!!
News: Some of you that have been sending me emails, can now leave me comments...I have changed my comments to~ anyone~....but pleeease be nice...lol. You can still email...just wanted you to know you can comment now :)
Thank you all so much for all the kind comments and emails I receive! Y'all make my days! Blessings to you all, Nancy

48 comments

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Now those are some great tips! And some beautifully designed rooms. Thank you for sharing your 11 favorites!

Stacey said...

I really like the ones you picked. Beautiful pictures and great quotes. I agree with you about staying away from themes. Kind of makes me wonder about the roosters we all have though. I do have to say that I love my roosters...and I don't have too many.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Just beautiful. I especially like the quote you chose to share. That is so very true. Thanks for the inspiration today. :)
xo Lidy

Rose Haven said...

I think you did a GREAT job getting from 100 down to 11!! All good tips!!!

Anonymous said...

Morning Nancy! I'm taking a quick break and your post caught my eye on my sidebar! Anyway, Mario Buatta has always been one of my favorites. His rooms just say cozy elegance to me! I need to keep reading your favorite quote too by Miss Alda!!! Sometimes I get hung up on approval of others and not what really pleases my eye! Guess that's why I change so much!!!lol Enjoyed your post now have a great week - Sincerely, Jeannette (don't tell anyone I was on computer!shhhh!!!lol)

Raggedy Girl said...

I went and bookmarked the digest. Thank you for the neat post. Gave me some great ideas. Good choices.
Roberta Anne

~♥~ Monica S said...

Lot's of greta tips... and photos!! American homes are SO different from ours!! It's pretty amazing!

Monica

Riet said...

Thank you for the great tips. I must go to see Architectural digest/ I love home decorating

9405018--Pat said...

Great tips today..Thanks for sharing...Pat

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Nancy, thanks so much for narrowing down the tips! These are some great ones. I've always liked Mario Buatta, but his tips really make me love him! Even though I think he would be horrified if he saw how much I keep and clutter my home with! laurie

Mabry's gamma said...

Nancy,

They are all so pretty but the last pic, I LOVE the expanse of the room, the walls, windows... oh heck, I just LOVE it.

Cheri

An Accomplished Woman said...

Nancy, they are such great tips. I have to admit that I need some more decorative stuff in this house. You girls have inspired me to really look at tip 3. I also love tip 1. I thought my house was finished but I am learning it is never finished.

The Muse said...

Form and Function...
Doesn't mean we can't have beauty :) i love that magazine!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Thanks for sharing those beautiful rooms and all the tips. I love shopping at home, just moving things around creates a whle new feel.
I saw red coral in one pic, wow, that's beautiful. Hugs, DebraK

Debbie said...

I enjoyed your tips for decorating. I love to decorate and rearrange my home. When you put your heart into something that you have decorated, people naturally see the love you have for your home and family. Your blog is one of my favorites. Thanks, Debbie

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Nancy,
What I can I say? Beautiful!!!! beautiful!!!!, beautiful!!, and! thank you for those words of wisdom. You are the sweetest!!
Blessings,
Sue

Darlene said...

Hi Nancy,

Those are some GREAT tips...thanks for sharing them with us. ♥

Jessica said...

Great tips Nancy~ I do keep a folder of favorite rooms~ a real one w/magazine articles/clippings and an internet file. :)

These rooms are stunning!

Hugs to you~ J

Kristens Creations said...

These are all great tips and the pictures are beautiful! Thanks for posting this! Kristen

Bo said...

Hi Nancy...oh, so many rooms/homes I'd love to have...some I really loved...some I only liked...LOL
Great tips... ;-) Bo

Dawnie said...

I could just curl up in that bedroom and sleep for hours. Its so peaceful looking.

I totally lack style..at least I think so. I need so much work on this one..but I think I'll just have to wait until I have more time.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh, I LOVE the photo above tip number 7, with the white dresser. LOVE IT! I just did my horrid green hallway in cream and "dark cream", I wish I had room for a display wall like that...great post. The Alda Ellis quote is so true. Great Post.

Rue said...

Hi Nancy :)

Great tips! I love that magazine too and I get my mom's cast offs ;)

That Christmas Hotel is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Beautiful!!

I'm so happy for you that you found the spice cabinet your dad made for you. I understand loving something like that ;)

hugs,
rue

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,
I just wanted to let you know that I am a faithful reader of your blog, and I love your style! Thanks for all of your great inspiration and tips!
Amy in Alabama

Melissa Wertz said...

This is great Nancy! Thanks for posting them.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Thanks for the tips! Glad to hear that ""Equipment and wares are meant to be seen and to provide the ambiance of a cooks kitchen". Robert A.M." cause I cook a lot in a small kitchen & have no choice. ;o)

Karen said...

Hi Nancy,
Thanks for sharing those great tips and beatiful pictures! Once again you have inspired me...I just need a bit of inspiration to get my family remoldeling going.
Have a great day!

Karen said...

ooops! I meant to say family "room" remodeling. lol

Becky said...

Thank you Nancy for the tips.....I love all those beautiful rooms.

Shelia said...

Hi Nancy! This was a great post with tips and the pictures of the rooms were just gorgeous! I loved your quote at the end. It's so true - our houses should look like us!
Thank you for your visit this morning and I'll bet your home is all squeaky clean now! You wanna come over and help me? ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

A Hint of Home said...

Thanks for the great tips, beautiful pictures and sharing this with us.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful post with wonderful tips. You did a great job of narrowing them down from 100to 10 with a bonus. I especially like your quote from Alda Ellis.. I'm wondering would you mind if I borrowed it? Words to live by.. hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Miller said...

Awesome tips! :)
Thanks for mailing the tassels out. I'm sure I will love them all.
~Melissa

The Kramer Angle said...

I wandered over from Cyndi's blog and when your blog popped up the first thing I saw was the cheetah print and I thought to myself, "Oh, I'm going to like her!" I love cheetah and leopard prints with a passion so I love your blog style! I definitely plan to spend some time reading your blog tonight!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Nancy, :)

I received my gorgeous tassels today! I love them all. Thank you for the great product and wonderful service.

I will let others know for sure!
Be on the lookout for a post I will do featuring a few ETSY bloggers.

Thanks again,
~Melissa :)

Lady Katherine said...

I loved the tips,we are remodeling our Craftsmans Bungalow. The kitchen with the open shelf, Hubby and I have been trying to decide on a half wall or whole wall to make a foyer into the family room. We may try this with a whole wall with the open shelf at the top. We will sleep one it. lol
Yes, you are very welcome to use, what you want of My Lady's Hope article. It is a wonderful honor for me, Thank you so much. I am glad you got to read my article, I hope that it has helped you and others in some way.

Lady Katherine said...

I saved the picture of the kitchen, hope you do not mind. I think this is what we have been looking for, for we are in agreement. I think this just be perfect our family room and use as a foyer wall to divide the two. Thanks for I hope hubby will start on it tonight. lol

Lady Katherine said...

That was fast I was still on your blog looking at the pic. trying to decide how tall the celing is. I guessing 9 feet, we have 8ft. and 6 inches. Our home is built between 1908 and 1920, our guess is they were going for 9 feet and someone measured wrong. lol Did you see my post on my painted floor? Just before the a Lady's Hope post. I do love it, it goes great with the house.

Jessica said...

I'm so glad you came by Nancy~ I'm still working on my little project, I'm probably going to need another weekend. :)

Thanks for everything.

Big hugs to you~ J

LisaShaw said...

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas/tips.

Sarawr! said...

hello nancy! i am sarah, evelyn's daughter. we met one time, although you may not remember me. how are you?

Picket said...

Morning girl...loved seeing all the beautiful pics and those are fantastic tips...hope you have a great week my friend!

Anonymous said...

Oh what pretty pictures love them. I so agree with do what you want, I have never been one to go with what's IN at the moment. I have always decorated our home with what WE love.

Kathy :)

ps I never consider roosters as a theme, they are just part of the family LOL

nikkicrumpet said...

That was a wonderful post!! I have no clue why it took me so long to find it...and how I missed it the first time. But I loved the tips. And I agree...it's not about money. I've seen some amazing homes decorated on a tiny budget. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

enjpyed the magazine Nancy.

Wendy said...

I love your blog! I love all the decorating tips and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I am in awe of some of these photos. That white bedroom, that kitchen...
Thank you for the photos AND the tips - you've definitely sparked my "get busy" side.

tardevil said...

I'm an Alda fan too. My favorite are Tips #3, #4 & #7 - in that order. They pretty much sum me up!