About the Author
Award-winning designer and best-selling author, Betty Lou Phillips is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. With projects from New York to California, her work has been featured in countless magazines, as well as in her numerous home design books on French and Italian style. Interiors by Design--her 13th design book-is the ultimate guide to home décor. Additionally, she has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
Betty Lou Phillips is the author of Emily Goes Wild!, an illustrated children's book, and co-author of The Night Before Christmas in Paris. Later this year Gibbs Smith Publisher will release her Night Before Christmas in New York and Night Before Christmas in Texas.
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With infinite inspiration available at the click of a mouse, interior design has become undeniably egalitarian as many fledgling decorators create striking settings on their own. Yet with abundant access to resources—from social networking boards and blogs to digital magazines and virtual retailers—the possible pitfalls are boundless: a rug that sprawls hazardously into the traffic lane, a sofa that sits much too low, chairs impossible to get out of, lamps that top at different heights. And how about un-chic window treatments that fail to reach the floor, a chandelier that overwhelms the space, or—beyond worse—a collection of bland, soulless spaces? All this is to say that it is easy to become ensnared in a web of pricey mistakes.
Once, the thought of doing much of the decorating oneself was viewed as difficult and daunting. While countless design aficionados still insist on leaving the task to professionals, the Web has been a game-changer. With the art of design having a pull that is difficult to resist, scores now see the challenge of creating an alluring room as an aesthetic undertaking en route to self-satisfaction.
So, how do you who opt to be hands-on avoid costly blunders while putting your own artistic spin on a space? To be sure, it helps to have a keen eye and a comprehensive plan for a fulfilling foray into a world awash in options awaiting judgments about style, durability and price. Here, then, are some guidelines gleaned from the world of design that aim to help you artfully enhance your surroundings and, ultimately satisfy your soul.
Betty Lou Phillips, ASID