Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Design Dump: Design by the Numbers

Do you read Design Dump?  You should.  Interior designer Autumn Clemons is super stylish but also budget minded, and not afraid to share her sources.  She also has a great sense of humor, and I am a big fan of her "Buy this, not that" series.  Check out this transformation:

Before: a standard dining room

After: a fabulous library!

Hard to believe it's the same space, right?  Amazing how the dark color actually makes this room feel twice as big.  Ready for some advice from Autumn, "by the numbers"?

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Decorating really is not an exact science, but remembering a few simple ratios, and numbers, the task can seem a little less daunting. Take these for instance:

when hanging a curtain rod above a window, try to make sure that it is at least 1/2 way between the top of the window casing and the ceiling or crown molding. doing this makes the windows appear taller. I often install rods within just an inch or two of the molding.

Consider adding a pair of items in a room to help create balance. Usually, the first thing that comes to mind is a pair of lamps, but also consider adding a pair of chairs, mirrors, or even larger pieces of furniture like bookcases.

In this room, several pairs of items including lamps, chairs and oversize mirrors help create balance.

1 can equal 3, 4, 6 or even 12
If you have one large piece of art that you would like to display, consider splitting it up and putting it in multiple frames. doing this not only makes the piece feel more prominent, but also keeps framing costs down.

(images: 1,2,3)

thanks so much to heather for having me today! happy decorating!

-autumn clemons

Go visit Autumn on her blog, and say hello!  Thanks for visiting, Autumn.

The rest of you: don't forget to enter the silvercocoon jewelry giveaway.  It ends tonight at midnight, central time.  Winner announced tomorrow.  See you then!


  1. Great guest post. Her blog truly is amazing. Hugs, Marty

  2. I enjoy both blogs very much! In fact I just added you both into my Blog Roll!

  3. Love her blog and great post. I can always use some practical decorating advice!


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