Size & Type: 547 sq. ft. vintage studio
Favorite resource: "The World of Interiors", full of amazing photos of beautiful but unrestored historic interiors, with all their warts right there for all the world to see. Before I discovered this great magazine, my chewed-up rug would have bothered me.
Pitch: At my former place--a mid-century highrise on the lake--I tried the simple, clutter-free look, & you know what? It was unlivable. Beautiful, but unlivable: one misaligned book, one stray shoe & the whole place was ruined. Who needs that? So after a few years of pretending I was someone I'm not—someone neat—I changed tactics.
Pitch Cont'd: In a place this small there's no room to put everything away at once, so camouflage becomes essential. Now if I kick off my shoes when I come home, it doesn't matter. Pattern & multicolors are your friends.
Your favorite element: I have some valuable things, like my Roman urn, & some sentimental things, like the folding chairs that came from the hotel ballroom where my parents had their first date, but my coolest item--I think--is my rug, which is really only part of a much larger rug. I don't know what happened to the rest of it, but its crooked, raveled edges are part of its appeal. I'm not perfect & my friends aren't perfect, so why should my rug be? The quest for "perfection" is a killer.