Purposeful Design: Planned or Collected?

9.08.2015

 Interior Design by Janet Gregg , Photography by Peter Murdock via July/August House Beautiful

I was recently taking yet another look through the incredible July/August issue of HB. This bookcase image, above, is hands down my most favorite photo included. Stacks of amazing books, breathtaking flowers, and incredible styling -- what's not to love?  

 Interior Design by Janet Gregg, Photography by Peter Murdock via July/August House Beautiful

I believe we should approach our interiors purposefully, and have shared about that before here, and here.  A couple of spaces in this HB issue stood out as both absolutely gorgeous, and as perfect examples of an aspect of design we should consider before embarking on a project.  The Janet Gregg room looks more collected and organic, while the Elizabeth Pyne room appears more planned and precise.  

 Interior Design by Elizabeth Pyne, Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo via July/August HB

Neither is preferable; it's just a matter of personal taste.  What's important is knowing what will make you and your family feel best in your home before starting a project.  Working toward your own specific objectives will create spaces you'll love.

 Interior Design by Janet Gregg, Photography by Peter Murdock via July/August House Beautiful

Personally, I adore both of these spaces, and think my preference falls in the middle which is another option.  Striking a balance between the collected and the planned seems to be what I've done in my house.  


Interior Design by Elizabeth Pyne, Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo via July/August HB

What about you?  Which look do you prefer -- collected and more random,  planned and decorated, or somewhere in the middle?





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2 comments :

home before dark said...

I have a genetic disposition to break out in hives when I see bookcases filled with "curated stuff" and not stuffed with books. At almost 66, I can say I grew up in libraries. I always loved the tactile quality of books as well as the next best read. I think I am a little past the middle of a tweener, listing towards collected and stopping short of hoarder (I hope). I like my stuff to be able to tell its own stories...and not just a retail therapy experience. And then there's the definite possibility I stayed too long in the Edwardian period and I am forever doomed to its pastiche! As in when the young cable guy came into my office when I dubbed "When Edward VII went to Africa", the kid said, "Ma'am this looks just like one of them sets on a BBC thing." Yup. It happened.

Sarah said...

I have to agree with Home Before Dark. Someone once comment to me, "You are all over the map." Yes, I tend to bring home what interests me and that which speaks to my heart. I like a lot of different things. I don't like clutter and mess, but I do like a collected look. A home should have "soul" and living with things that tell a story is in my mind the way to give a home character. Janet Gregg's room is more to my liking.
Great post! Thank you for sharing.

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