Best Design Rule
Incorporate nature. It can be as simple as taking a tall leafy branch from the backyard and putting it in a clear glass vase.
Handwritten notes. If I get a beautiful letter or thank-you card, it goes in a frame, just as a photograph would.
Best Way to Ruin a Room
Decorate it for anyone besides yourself. It might be gorgeous, but you'll never feel at home.
A hot dog from Crif Dogs in the East Village. Ketchup, mustard, onion, relish. And if there were Dairy Queens in New York City, I'd get a medium vanilla cone dipped in either chocolate or butterscotch—depending on my mood—and that would be a perfect afternoon.
Best Flea Market Mantra
Buy it now! You have only one chance. If you see something that speaks to you, that moves you even just a little bit, you have to own it.
Best Words of Inspiration
In Elizabeth Edwards
's book Resilience
, she quotes the Leonard Cohen song "Anthem": Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in.
That's an amazing insight—to know that nothing's perfect and it's not intended to be.
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