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{favourite five: interior designer tricia foley}

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When it comes to home décor, luxury can be found in simplicity. In the field of interior design, Tricia Foley is the authority when it comes to clean lines and natural elements, adding a classic touch to every project she encounters. Whether she is restoring a quiet country home with timeless rustic details or decorating a grand Upper East side city dwelling, Tricia uses neutral color schemes and soft color palettes to create soothing backdrops to help her clients lead meaningful, composed lives that are, at the same time, filled with sophisticated elegance.

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above, a sample of tricia's work for ralph lauren home

With a clientele that includes Ralph Lauren Home and Bloomingdales, her highly-regarded work has graced the pages of Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Country Home, Southern Accents, Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times.

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In a sometimes bewildering world of too many interior design inspirations and decisions, we are utterly delighted to have Tricia, the author of ten design & lifestyle books, share with us the:

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{top five things everyone should know about interior design}

1. Respond to your surroundings.
If you respond to your environment and the given architecture, the design will fall into place naturally. Treat your design plans as the backdrop for your life – it should be a natural fit , not a stage set.

2. Keep it simple.
Don’t try to look for the newest trends, but look to what is tried and true for you. I always focus on function and light and making the most of the space, creating adequate storage, and streamlining things so that homekeeping is a joy not a burden, and my home is a haven not a stressful place.


3. Make it personal.
Tearsheets are an invaluable source of ideas and its important to keep a scrapbook/workbook with the all details and colors and fabrics you love to create your own look . Whether you are working with a professional designer, contractor, or kitchen designer or whether you are doing this yourself, it helps to visualize your end goal.


4. Aim for comfort.
Make sure that the lighting is right for the way you use rooms, that you have good reading light, task lighting for computer and cooking, dining chairs that fit under tables, comfortable seating for lounging and relaxing, low maintenance coffee tables if you like to put your feet up on them … try out beds, and sofas and make sure that they feel just right for you.


5. Invest in the classics.
Whether its from a flea market, Ikea or Sotheby’s, the furnishings that I find I use over and over again, are the big white painted cupboards that organize everything but keep all the little things out of sight; the farm tables that are pressed into service as kitchen tables, desks or sofa consoles; big glass cylinders that are in still-lifes on the mantel, have candles in them for dinner parties, or are filled with big flowering branches … Wall colors change, pillows change, art work and collections evolve, but these have become the signature pieces in my home.

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{p.s.} previous favourite fives:
* jeweler: camille eddera
* actress & fashion muse: chloë sevigny
* floral stylist: denise porcaro

* entrepreneurs: rent the runway
* designer: rachel ashwell

~ laily



{all images from tricia foley's website; image 5 from country home via housemartin via apartment therapy}

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12 Comments:

Blogger Tamara Nicole said...

Love all of the clean crisp white pics:-)

April 13, 2011  
Anonymous Paulette @ At Home in Arkansas magazine said...

Stunningly beautiful... sweet and simple. Reminds me of summers in the South.

April 13, 2011  
Blogger Callie Grayson said...

so true!
love all the white
xx
callie

April 13, 2011  
Anonymous Naomi said...

Agree...and the classics stand the test of time!

April 13, 2011  
Anonymous (amanda) said...

I truly love all-white interiors so this post is making me quite happy. I love this new feature you are doing, every single post has been wonderful and so much fun to read. xo

April 13, 2011  
Blogger Sundresses and Smiles said...

great tips! i love that first picture!

April 14, 2011  
Anonymous meenal @ maison marigold said...

lovely image and a lovelier interview..thanks for sharing..have a beautiful day! do visit my blog when you have a moment! xx meenal

April 14, 2011  
Blogger Kelly Fannon said...

The top five of essentials about interior design are excellent and so often the elements I bring to each of my clients and to students. I couldn't agree with you more. Beautiful images. My best...

April 14, 2011  
Blogger Meagan, in house nester said...

Crisp is the word!!!
Meagan, row house nest

April 14, 2011  
OpenID sprinklesoneverything said...

love all the white. simple, classic, and beautiful!

-Emmy

www.sprinklesoneverything.wordpress.com

April 14, 2011  
Blogger Jane Flanagan said...

What a treat - I adore her. Thank you for sharing this!

April 15, 2011  
Blogger Tricia Rose said...

Oh yes, easy, comfortable, stylish simplicity - so hard to get right!

April 16, 2011  

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