“word to the wise” wednesday — nina farmer

While working on my branding, I coined this as my Big Idea:  Families with gorgeous, highly functional homes and children who grow up around and are taught to respect beautiful things enjoy happier lives.

What a joy it was to find a kindred spirit in Nina Farmer!   I am crazy about her aesthetic, but I’m even more crazy about her philosophy on children and design.

Nina Farmer Interiors Child Bedroom

People get stuck in this old idea that when there are kids in the house, they have to hide the upholstery they really love under slipcovers.  Instead, I’d rather stain-treat everything — it’s a lifesaver — and live with the idea of some wear and tear.  When children are surrounded by beautiful things, I believe they will rise to the occasion.

Nina Farmer (House Beautiful, March 2014).

And how fabulous is that bedroom?  Absent the stuffed animals and other toys, it will transition beautifully as its lucky occupant grows older.  Even a very posh teen would love the Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks fabrics!

Do you agree?

Interior design by Nina Farmer Interiors; photo via her website.  Pick up the latest issue of House Beautiful to see her gorgeous home!

“word to the wise” wednesday — timothy corrigan

Timothy Corrigan Family Room

A home is not a museum.  There shouldn’t be any surfaces on which people can’t put their feet up — or set a drink down.

Timothy Corrigan (House Beautiful, October 2013)

Interior design by and photo via Timothy Corrigan.   

traci zeller