You loved his home in House Tour: Scott's Airy Simplicity, now read Scott's design tips and see photos of his favorite decor project, a luxurious cream-colored bedroom. His tips include keeping things simple and not buying into trends.
The World According to Scott:
• We often talk about what makes a house a home at Apartment Therapy. What makes your house a home? I'm most at home when things are simple. I only bring things into my house that I love and have a space for (which isn't much in my tiny place!).
• What is your signature style and how do you incorporate it into your projects? I think that my style is pretty classic. Working in DC it's not that difficult to infuse a bit of tradition into a project.
• AT readers always looking for resourceful ways to incorporate great design into their spaces. What are your best design tips on a budget? No matter what budget is attached to a project it is, in my opinion, most important to buy well. Prioritize your project to determine what the essentials are, and try to focus wholly on those pieces. After you've collected the staples then you can add the layers of accessories.
• What are the most common design mistakes you see and what tips would you offer to improve them?
- Bland space planning... Pull your furniture away from the walls. And, add a little something
- Art hung too high... When hanging art above a chest, mantle, bed, etc. consider it part of the
composition. Hang art approximately 4" - 6" above said chest, mangle, bed, etc.
• What's your opinion on home design trends for 2009? What else do you think we can expect this year? It's hard for me to predict design trends... I'm just not trendy enough! But, if I could dictate a trend for 2009 it would be overindulgent 80's inspired more is more; gold leather, shimmery textiles, sequins,
lacquered finishes, mirrors, etc. We've been recessed long enough.
• What has been the most influential place you've visited? Sugar Tree Farm, West Virginia beautiful brick gothic revival house situated on 500 acres. I've been going there since I was a kid, and it always sparked inspiration. The farm was owned by a close family friend who had traveled the world, and settled in Sugar Tree Farm. This grand old 1850's structure had been lovingly restored and fill with all of Carmella's treasures from around the world.
• What are your tips for creating a room that will last through the years?
Don't buy into trends... There is such a fine line between appreciating design trends and falling into the trend-trap.