Five Decorating Tips from Rita Konig

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One of our very favorite Portland design (and all things pretty) blogs had a special guest last week – Rita Konig, domestic diva and Domino magazine’s “girl about town.” Rita shared five great decorating tips; you can read all of them below.
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Tip #1: Don't think that you need to decorate in one go. Decorating a house takes a while and it always looks better when it has evolved over time. You will also be able to afford much nicer things if you do this.

Tip #2: It doesn't necessarily follow that if everything in the room is beautiful you end up with a beautiful room. I think the best rooms are those that have a mix of things and an ugly lamp with a crooked shade, or an inherited table or the rug from your childhood bedroom. These are the things that add texture and life to a room.

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Tip #3: Comfort is terribly important. A good room for me is one that i want to sit down in, with a drink and a friend for a chat. If it is somewhere you want to hang out then it is a good room.

Tip #4: The wall colour and the curtains are simply the canvas on which to build the rest of the room, the decoration comes as much from the things in a room rather than from the items that we traditionally think of as the 'decoration'.

8-19-08 Koenig3.jpgTip #5: When you are decorating a room think about how you want to use it, i know this sounds a bit strange, like yeah a kitchen is to cook in, but is a sitting room going to be for slobbing out and watching TV and having TV suppers, or will you be trying to seat 12 people in there when you have people over for supper. This will help enormously with how you design the room. Be very honest with yourself and don't try to get a room to fulfill too many functions, it gets very small and cluttered very quickly that way!

Thanks to {frolic!} for sharing the tips with the rest of us!

Images: Martha Stewart Living, Roland Bello, Paul Costello

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