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Inspiring designers with new book to make your home your happy place – Orlando Sentinel

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Ask yourself, “What will make me happiest when I walk into my own home?” Interior poses for his designer John McClane’s first book, The Designer Within: A Professional Guide to a Well-Styled Home (Gibbs-Smith, Sept. 6, 2022).

that’s a good question. it may be a question. I am considering a copy.

What makes me happiest? Once you’re home with your loved ones and pets, the next step is a clean and tidy home. I get hives when I walk into a messy house. Cuteness is next. I mean, I want you to look around the interior of my house without making a sour noise. I only want to see objects and vignettes that I love. A storytelling piece that her husband and I have collected over time.

This applies to MacLane’s book. He made me think before I finished my introduction.

“Whether you’re a homeowner about to embark on your first renovation or a seasoned design professional looking for new ideas, we want our readers to leave feeling confident and inspired,” he said. is writing

Understandably, and honestly, I felt less confident when I finished this book, but I was certainly inspired. After reading this beautiful 114-page book illustrated with photos from a design project, you’ll feel compelled not to redecorate your entire home. to modern times.

“I didn’t want this to be just a nice coffee table book,” McLain told me over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. He has design offices there and in Orlando. What the book really wants to do is start a conversation, a discussion that makes a difference within your own home.”

My husband hates that. Now I want to renovate my kitchen.

His book raised questions beyond what makes me happiest (the latest kitchen), so I asked McClain:

Q. All designers, including you, tell us to collect inspirational images from magazines and Pinterest boards to form the basis of our designs. How do you move from that jumble to a design plan?

A. I’m looking for inspiration. When you find something that elicits a positive response—pictures of the room, rugs, art and furniture—dive deeper. Analyze why you like it. Because it reminds me of my favorite place? what is that? Items in the house should awaken something in you. They are not just beautiful.

Q: You tell your readers to ‘be bold’. That’s loaded advice. please let me know.

A. I am against people copying what they see in Crate & Barrel or Restoration Hardware and depersonalizing their homes. Homeowners need to represent themselves. My favorite way to be bold is with wallpaper, but you can also use furniture with presence, oversized light fixtures that act like sculptures, or unexpected colors.

Q: You have a lot of painted cabinets in your book, but the idea of ​​painting wooden cabinets scares me. Isn’t that blasphemy?

A. Now I’m going to raise you to be a caring person. A tree is just a tree. I don’t know why I put it on this pedestal. People say this golden oak cannot be changed. Wood cabinets aren’t nearly as special as painted cabinets. However, when painting your cabinets, choose a color that will stand the test of time.

Q: What are your tips for creating a great ‘shelf’ or tablescape?

A. When styling a bookshelf or coffee table, you should include a stack of books with some sort of “book topper”, such as a brass object or a small accent piece to set the table apart. Then add a tall object or two and add a round object like a bowl. We try to combine sizes, shapes, colors and finishes to make the ensemble a microcosm of the room.

Q: You advocate “comfortable and chic” home design. How do you bridge those conflicting ideas?

A. Chic and comfortable are my design aesthetics. You can choose chic sofas with gorgeous, sleek lines and cover them with fabrics that are durable enough for children to wipe their dirty hands. By fully stuffing it, it achieves more comfort than you can imagine while maintaining a clean silhouette. Bottom line: the family home has a white sofa.

Q: How to make a small space look wider?

A. Use a chair or sofa that allows space under your legs. No one should hit the floor. Clear acrylic chairs don’t take up much visual space, and the drapes that start at the ceiling make the room feel taller. Some big pieces are better than some small pieces.

Q: When discussing how to look good, you talk about high and low philosophies. Where is the best place to save money and where should you invest?

A. Spend money on frequently used items such as sofas, coffee tables, dining chairs, beds, appliances, and case goods like dressers. Save on items you don’t use often, such as lamps, mirrors, accessories, side tables, and possibly area rugs and art. Even when you’re working on a multi-million dollar house, put an expensive, well-made dining table next to a $50 mirror.

Marni Jameson is the author of six home and lifestyle books, including: What to do with everything you own to leave the legacy you want, Downsizing a family home – what to save and what to let goWhen Downsizing mixed homes – when two homes become oneyou can contact her www.marni