I have followed Erika, from Urban Grace for a long time. I love her design style. She mixes old and new, industrial and traditional, and puts a great twist on a room while keeping things relatively simple. For instance, this is her, in front of her garage door. I want her garage door. She has (loose) instructions for how she made the garage look so cool. The windows are actually hubcaps.
Anyway, High-Heeled Foot in the Door interviewed Erika a few years ago. Part of the interview included Erika talking about her 10 Design Commandments. They are:
- No fake plants (amen, sister)
- Avoid hanging art on the diagonal
- Let your designer (or a stylish friend) accessorize your home
- Avoid contrived faux finishes (especially on walls)– they will date themselves
- Avoid arranging furniture and rugs on the diagonal
- Better to buy something interesting from a thrift store than something from a big- box retail chain
- Mattress pads – every bed needs one
- Pillow protectors – every sleeping pillow needs one
- White sheets (on occasion there are exceptions to this rule)
- White towels
I agree with all 10, except I don’t really understand #2. I am not sure how this could really be accomplished. Does this mean don’t let pictures be crooked? Or don’t hang pictures by a corner? Or don’t line up framed work in a diagonal pattern? Not sure. But all the others, I wholehearted believe in.
And now that I am on a search for bedding for a king-sized bed, the quest for the perfect white sheets is on. So far, Tuesday Morning has the best option, but I have not yet ventured over to TJ Maxx and Ross. Any other good spots for good bedding at a reasonable price?