I’m Not A Designer, But I Play One In Real Life
Douglas Light brings his strong sense of style (and humor!) and fabulous taste to whatever project he takes on. As a trained painter his artistic influences focus his choices, and at Previously Owned by a Gay Man his influence and joie de vivre…along with his house-flipping treasure hunts, helped inspire a company. We have learned to always listen to his advice. He insists.
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How do you draw the line between just enough, and too much, when decorating a room?
Scale and balance are big factors. Furnishing placement (sofa, chair, vase, paintings) is a science! It’s like a hot knife to the eye when you see things done shoddily. I always work with odd numbers unless it’s side chairs or end tables. And I always arrange things that work for me and appeal to my eyes. People simply have too much and don’t know how to curate. When a room is overwhelmed by too much “stuff” it’s stifling! Starting with less and adding is easier than the reverse. Common sense and buying quality helps! If you don’t need it and you don’t like it, shit-can it!!!
I hate brass, but it seems like it’s the latest ‘must have’. Must I? And if so, how?
I’m with the “hates” on the brass issue! Unless you own a Victorian or are shopping for trophies, I give brass five thumbs down ????????????????????! What I do, however, love in brass are candlesticks — especially of the Civil War era. Hard to come by though, so if it’s brass in your home you want take up the saxophone or trumpet!
Say you were gifted a very high end chintz sofa from a family member you really want to please…can’t re-cover it (there’s an inheritance at stake)! How do you recommend I use it in my rather contemporary home?
I say don’t be chintzy with the chintz! I believe Roche Bobois did some very lovely chintz pieces years ago and photographed them in very modern surroundings, and they were beautiful! If the pattern is not to your taste there’s always oversized (solid color) throw pillows or blankets. Pair the sofa with a brushed steel and stone Noguchi-esque oblong oval coffee table, and flank with some drift wood cube end tables and ‘voila’, your dread is now a dream. And once the inheritance check clears, buy what you want!