Decorating tips from Paolo Moschino

The English country house of Paolo Moschino is a case study in decorating that looks effortless and yet is incredibly impressive at the same time. Of course, he has the time, funds and talent to pull of such a beautiful (and personal) project, but there is a lot we can learn form this to apply to our own projects. He offers a lot of useful decorating tips, but I think one of the best pieces of advice he gives is this:  "Don't let rooms look overtly decorated. The key is to relax; you need books, you need magazines, you even need dust!"

This is a comment close to my heart. You don't live in a hotel, so why should your home look like one? It should reflect you and the things and people you love. Fantastic decorating tips from a master: Paolo Moschino

Throughout this house we see light, neutral walls and colors that allow prominent pieces jump out. The first thing you notice in this space is the urns, but then your eye moves around and takes in the beautiful hutch, the barrel, the dining set. None of these pieces looks like it arrived fresh from Crate & Barrel. There's a lot to be said for decorating with older pieces that you love.

Fantastic decorating tips from a master: Paolo Moschino

A collection of Catholic statuary may not be your thing, but whatever your thing is, considering bringing your collection together and showing it off. Creating small, focal displays of things that interest you is a great way to bring your personality into a space.

Fantastic decorating tips from a master: Paolo Moschino

Again we see light walls being used to allow the coloured objects in the room really stand out, particularly the art, which is also framed and matted in white for effect. The floor and larger pieces of furniture are also quite neutral, letting the smaller pieces like the lamp, stools and flowers grab your attention.

To get more tips from a master, and see more of this gorgeous home, check out this article in House & Garden.

House Tour: A Colonial Home Renovation

I absolutely love Colonial architecture, and I especially love it when it's given a sympathetic update that preserves features while bringing in modern elements. This stunning townhouse in Philadelphia certainly fits that bill. A stunning colonial home renovation in Philadelphia with beautiful modern twits. Gorgeous white bathroom, big fireplaces and stunning fixtures like the chandeliers.

The white walls and trim give a blank canvas where the room's features, such as this stunning fireplace and beautiful chandelier, can shine

A stunning colonial home renovation in Philadelphia with beautiful modern twist. Gorgeous white bathroom, big fireplaces and stunning fixtures like the chandeliers.

A simple chandelier echoes the relatively unadorned Colonial style of the past, while a walk in shower offers a welcome modern addition.

A stunning colonial home renovation in Philadelphia with beautiful modern twist. Gorgeous white bathroom, big fireplaces and stunning fixtures like the chandeliers.

The kitchen renovation also kept it simple and modern, yet with throwbacks to the past in the cabinet hardware and area rug.

A fantastic renovation. See the whole project here.

House Tour: A classic, chic space.

Check out this house tour featuring the very chic home of blogger Erika Brechtel. Dark colors mix with lush metals for a timeless but edgy look. Check out this house tour of a gorgeous home featuring a monochromatic palette with gold and brass accents.  It's chic and edgy all at once.

What to steal from this look? Experiment with  a monochromatic palette of greys, black and white, accented with gold and brass. the place setting is classic and simple in style, but the gold edge fills out the picture, bringing an element of luxury to the look, without drowning in detail.

Check out this house tour of a gorgeous home featuring a monochromatic palette with gold and brass accents.  It's chic and edgy all at once.

The feature wall showcases how to bring together different styles and colors of frames in a less structured shape.  Your picture wall doesn't need to be measured to the last millimetre, and have only uniform frames and images. Put together things that mean  something to you, or that appeal to you. Your picture wall should say something about you - don't get hung up on perfection.

Check out this house tour of a gorgeous home featuring a monochromatic palette with gold and brass accents.  It's chic and edgy all at once.

The living room  sticks to the same formula - a monochromatic palette with touches of brass and gold.  The look is sophisticated and always in style.  Check out the whole gallery here.