Have you ever made a trip to a furniture store to purchase, say – a bed – and you also bought the matching pair of nightstands?             

How about a sofa, along with an accompanying loveseat and a matched set of coffee and end tables?

Did you answer “No” to both scenarios?

Then I’m willing to bet that, if nothing else, you’ve probably purchased a dining table with a matching set of chairs. You likely did this simply because the furniture was sold as a designated set, a very common practice.

What if I were to tell you that you are in no way bound to buy matching sets of everything?

In fact, most designers, including myself, would far prefer to mix different styles rather than have everything ‘matchy matchy’.

Why is that?

Simply put, designers like to think outside the box, taking a more playful, ‘mix-&-match approach instead.

Don’t get me wrong.

I love symmetry. To me it speaks of order and calm, in a sometimes chaotic world.

I’m sure you’ve seen the look – matching sofas facing each other in front of a fireplace, with matched end tables and side chairs.

It comes across as formal, well-organized and perfectly balanced.



This is an exciting time for me as I’m just about to launch my new eZine ‘Live In Harmony’.   

Why the emphasis on Harmony?

Several years ago, when I decided on a new name for my design business, I was coming from a place of serenity because that is the kind of environment I like to create for my clients, as well as myself.

To further define my vision, I created the tag line: Clarity, Order, Simplicity. To me, it’s all part of the same thing.

The elements of design include everything from color, space, balance, shape, line, proportion and much more. These are the tools that an interior designer will work with to lend interest and excitement to a project. They are the same tools that an architect or product designer would also use.

In your home, when all the elements of design come together in a delightful way, the result will be harmonious.

Balance is a key component. If even one of the above mentioned elements is off kilter, it can throw the entire design off balance.

As an example, I’ll invoke the image of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, where even the tiniest detail is there for a reason. Nothing in his works is gratuitous. The mobiles are so carefully engineered and perfectly balanced, both literally and visually, that there is nothing to add or take away.

Home environments are the same way. When a room is relaxed and comfortable, is visually pleasing and serves your needs, there is nothing more to add.

As a side benefit, your energy and productivity levels will likely increase, as if a great weight had fallen by the wayside. Your life will seem fuller, richer.

In other words, by rearranging your home you can rearrange you life. What could be simpler?

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