speaking as an architect, i have to recommend hiring a professional to help with interior design / decorating. think of your home as a suit, on a much larger scale. when you are entertaining guests, you want the place to look well-considered. just as in clothing style - even more, i would say - there are traditions, fashions, and trends in environmental design. a good professional designer is going to be able to help you distinguish between what is stylish and what is faddish, and what is just plain tacky. --- for the bargain hunters, there are numerous vintage modern furniture shops online, as well as in most metropolitan areas. for the well-to-do, herman miller is a good company to look at. they were responsible for manufacturing many of the great modernist classics. if i'm not mistaken they did all of the eames' furniture, for example. /andrew
Your advice is well-taken, although I think the more apt analogy is to a stylist who will let you know what color and item combinations work. Â Part of me wants to decorate my place myself, the other part realizes that I will end up committing a design faux pas, like matching a Noguchi coffee table
with Wassily chairs
. Â Where would I find a good interior designer aside from picking one from random from the Yellow Pages?