Friday, December 10, 2010

Take Five Friday.

Stefanie, of Brooklyn Limestone
Stefanie is a fabulously creative blogger who, in partnership with her husband "Mr. Limestone", has renovated their 100+ year old Brooklyn home from top to bottom. She also is an extremely talented graphic designer and photographer.

What advice can you give readers on getting started when decorating a new home?

The biggest piece of advice I can give (and I still struggle with it myself because its a tough one) is always remember scale! It doesn't matter how gorgeous or comfortable a couch is if its too big for your room. Or how lovely that photograph is if its too small for where you are hanging it. Measure, measure, measure. If you have trouble imagining it in the room, then go ahead and make a template out of newspaper so you can be sure its a great fit before you invest in it.
(living room)
My second piece of advice is sort of related: If you make a mistake and buy the wrong thing - give yourself permission to fix it. You might not be able to do it then and there but when the opportunity presents itself, do it. You'll be happy you did.

Which design rules were made to be broken?
All of them! For every decorating "rule", I'm sure you can find an example where its broken and it looks amazing. The tips and rules out there are really meant as guidelines to help us make a decision when we are struggling. Don't take it too seriously - its not brain surgery.

How do you draw inspiration for the rooms you design?

I love old things so I like to have a few old pieces in every room that sort of command the decisions about what else is going in there. But mostly its trial and error - I have a fairly good ability to imagine what something will look like in my mind but its no where near 100%. So I slowly add pieces and layers until I'm happy rather than doing it all at once.
(master bedroom)

Favorite brick and mortar stores (local or national)?
When it comes to accessories and linens, etc I'm a complete Target groupie. They just have fabulous things at reasonable prices. You don't have to break the bank to bring home something a little more on trend. For old items, I'm in heaven in an used furniture store (notice, I didn't say antiques - that's a whole different game).

If there were no time or budget constraints, what dream project would you do on your own home?
I'd love to have a really fabulous library unit complete with sliding latter, lighting, ornate details and antique mirror backs built to replace the bookshelves I have now. I have no clue what that would cost but I'm afraid to even get a quote.
(parlor bath)

What has been your most successful DIY project?
I do a lot of smaller projects I'm proud of that I share on my blog. From a standpoint of popularity, my suitcase turned cat bed seems to be a big winner. If you ask me one I enjoy the most - it would be the collage artwork I did for my bedroom.

Thank you Stefanie!


kay* [from india. with love.] said...

I adore Stefanie's blog! I've been a long-tiem reader of it and am just blown away with how she and mr limestone have restored their home - it's gorgeous!

& her photographs, especially her travel ones, always blow my mind. one of my fave blogs!

Design Love said...

She is fabulous! I have followed her for a long time now....I loved the day she showed her face! Anyhow, she is great and has a beautiful home.

Great interview!


Hello Lover... said...

Great interview - I love her blog!

MaryBeth said...

Stephanie is one of the most talented bloggers out there. Not only is her renovation amazing, have you seen her DIY's such as party invites, decorations and photography? Truly inspiring.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

So nice to hear Stefanie's design advice. She's so stinkin' talented, but so humble!

Michele said...

Stefanie is very talented and also a wonderful friend. She deserves to be seen for the amazing designer that she is.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Enjoyed reading this interview! Love Stefanie's style and home...

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