Here are her tips for homeowners looking to spruce up the interiors of their homes. Answers may have been edited for length and clarity.
What are some of the biggest mistakes that amateur home designers make?
I would say going too trendy. Sometimes, trends last—like gray [paint] has lasted forever—but a lot don’t. A lot of people are painting their houses black, but that is such a huge mistake. Just because I’m old, I know that black is going to look [bad] in about two or three years. Also, [don’t go] too rogue—you’ve got to think about your neighborhood and your house.
What are some differences in how people should approach designing an apartment versus a house?
When you’re renting an apartment, since it’s more temporary, it’s OK to maybe buy less expensive things and not make a big investment in furniture yet. When you get into a house, you want to start focusing on what big items you want and your yard. We don’t really think about how much it costs to take care of your yard, but you’re going to drive up to that every day. If your yard doesn’t look good, your neighbors and yourself are going to be sad. Think about your outside and how that looks, then start gathering ideas and thoughts about things you want to collect, along with the