From the Editor: Home Style
Choosing a new living room couch took me far more time than I’d care to admit. I wanted it to have personality, but not so much that I’d get sick of it. It needed to stand out, but not so much that it took over the whole room. It needed to be the furniture version of the perfect dinner guest—fun, interesting and compatible. I am happy to report that more than a year later, I’m still enjoying its company.
The lighting fixtures we install, the artwork we hang, the fabrics we choose…all of it helps our homes tell the tale of who we are. It’s no wonder that there’s a lot of pressure when it comes to making decorating decisions. In this, our annual interior decorating issue, we set out to provide a little guidance and a lot of inspiration.
We all have that friend who is blessed with effortless style. You know the one. She can pair a HomeGoods find with an antique sideboard in a ridiculously chic way. And yet when you do it, it looks like, well, a cheap tchotchke on an expensive table. So for those of us who are not ingrained with an innate ability to turn ordinary houses into style havens, we bring you “An Inside Job: Pulling Off the Perfect Design”. Here, experts weigh in on everything from how to mix patterns and pair the old with the new, to when it’s okay to hang multiple mirrors or art lower than expected. (Sometimes knowing the rules of decorating is just as important as knowing how to break them.)
But great design is about more than knowing—or breaking—the rules. It’s about creating a home. And that’s exactly what our cover story illustrates. Interior designer Lynne Scalo set to work updating this midcountry house for the woman who called it home as a little girl. Now all grown up and living in Greenwich with her husband and two children, she couldn’t pass up the nostalgic opportunity to raise her own children there when the house came on the market. Lynne’s ability to blend family functionality with modern glamour has resulted in a gorgeous showplace for the next generation.
It’s nice to know that you can indeed go home again.