May Sneak Peek: House Beautiful Design Secrets!

Happy Friday all! Thinking of getting any redecorating done this weekend? Be sure to check out for a sneak peek of their May 2012 issue! I'm loving this House Beautiful cover!!! Pink and chartreuse is one of my favorite color combos and ummmmm bamboo chairs? Yes, please!


House Beautiful MagazineHouse Beautiful May 2012. Image courtesy of House Beautiful


House Beautiful May 2012House Beautiful May 2012. Image courtesy of


Be sure to check out the '101 Design Secrets' from some of the TOP Interior Designers in the industry! Here are just a few of them:


Richard Mishaan: "If you have a painting that looks too small above your sofa, don’t center it.  Offset it a few inches to the left. The negative space – called ‘ma’ – becomes part of the image."


Charlotte Moss: "A rectangular table is ideal at about 36” in width.  This allows for conversation with your neighbors to the right and left and across the table, a real bonus."


Jan Showers: "Every room needs a touch of black, just as it needs one antique piece."


Mary McDonald: "When you don’t have dimmers, use 15-watt bulbs to simulate candlelight. Works like magic."


Peter Dunham: "Hang curtains. They make a room feel finished. Think of them as the lipstick of decorating."


Vicente Wolf: "When doing curtains or shades, take them all the way up to the ceiling – it will increase the height of the room."


Robert Couturier: "I’m not sure dining chairs need to be comfortable. It encourages bad posture and dozing off…If they’re slightly uncomfortable, it keeps people attentive to the conversation. I choose them for looks only."


Elissa Cullman: "Don’t install carper wall to wall in a narrow hall or narrow staircase. Instead, install the carpet as a runner and leave at least 3” border on both sides to make the space seem wider."


Myra Hoefer: "Always use white linens and towels. Never cross the line – always use white. They’re bleachable and they send a message of cleanliness, refinement and order."


David Easton: "If you love a fabric but it seems too strong, check the reverse side – it may do just the trick."


For more tips check out the May 2012 issue of House Beautiful or 





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