If someone is decorating their house on a budget, what would you say would be the one most important piece to splurge on?
Artwork is a great splurge when decorating your home on a budget. I always find the most amazing artwork at vintage stores and flea markets. You just have to trust your eye and buy only what you truly love.
What are some of the most common decorating mistakes and how can brides avoid them?
Buying all your furniture in one store is a big no-no in my book. Boring! No matter if it's with interiors or fashion, you never want to look like you bought everything "off the rack" without infusing your personality. It's like wearing head-to-toe of the same designer. No matter how much I may love a single designer, I like to mix it up with vintage pieces or bold jewelry, like an over-sized cocktail ring with an organic feel or a thick silver cuff, to create my own unique spin.
What was the inspiration behind your new line for Sferra that just recently launched?
I'm really into organic patterns at the moment. For my collection of soft home goods with Sferra, many of the patterns resemble things found in nature: raked sand, marble, sea urchins, fish scales, nautilus shells. When coupled with the soft color palette, the designs really become the focal point.
What are some special touches that you do when decorating hotels that brides can incorporate into their own homes?
I always use bedding with a high thread count in my hotels, but brides should also take their complexions into consideration when choosing a color palette. Get what works in the room, but also what looks good on you. White can sometimes be too severe in a room that has a lot of warmth or color.
In your opinion, what home design items are appropriate to register for and what should you buy yourself?
Register for general items like china, flatware, crystal, bedding or table linens, but buy the more decorative pieces yourself. Accessories are the most fun part of shopping, so why should a bride deprive herself?
What advice would you give to a bride who wants to incorporate a few bold touches into her wedding day while still maintaining a traditional feel (either in fashion, wedding decor, etc)?
I think a wedding should reflect the bride's individual style. If she loves fashion and has a sassiness to her personality, the wedding should maintain that aesthetic. Too often, I think brides go the traditional route for their wedding when it doesn't suit their lifestyle. My advice is to just be yourself, especially on a day that's all about her...and the groom of course!
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