Stylemaker Tips and Tricks

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We asked some of our favorite stylemakers to spill their secrets for design and decorating success. Read on and start making your home more stylish.

Secrets: Livable Style

It's OK if the rug is a little worn. Your home should feel lived-in, like a comfortable pair of boots.

-- Nate Berkus, designer and author. Host of American Dream Builders on NBC. Find his home line at Target. nateberkus.com

East Coast Editor/Producer Eddie Ross is joined by Stylemakers Annette Joseph, a stylist and cookbook author, and clothing designer Kayce Hughes, along with Michael Wurm of inspiredbycharm.com and Hilary Rushford of deanstreetsociety.com to talk about the rules in decorating and fashion they love to break!

Secrets: Breaking the Rules

It's OK to break the rules sometimes. Stylemakers weigh in on how to get away with it.

Secrets: Editing

When decorating a room, I go all out, then edit down to key pieces.

-- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

Secrets: Purchases

Always ask yourself, "Do I love it?" and "Can I afford it?" If you answer yes to both, buy it.

-- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

Ready to redecorate, but not sure where to start? Designer Bridgid Coulter shares which pieces to invest in, decorating mistakes to avoid, and how to fall in love with your home again.

Secrets: For the Beginner

New to decorating? You won't want to miss this stellar advice from designer Bridgid Coulter.

Secrets: Buying Decisions

When in doubt, buy it! I never regret a purchase, but I've often kicked myself for not buying something. If I end up not loving it, I sell it.

-- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design editor and producer.

Secrets: Cohesiveness

Throw pillows on a sofa should be in matched pairs. We want each pair to complement each other so they make a cohesive style statement.

-- Elaine Griffin, interior designer, home decorator, and author. elainegriffin.com

Secrets: Small Spaces

Don't be afraid to use big pieces in small rooms. Little furniture in little rooms feels like a dollhouse.

-- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design
editor and producer.

Secrets: Layered Flooring

Layer rugs! Use a large jute or sisal rug as a base and layer in smaller, more decorative rugs such as patterned flat weaves or colorful vintage kilims. It will yield depth, dimension, and endless texture.

-- Sana Keefer, prop and interior stylist behind Pip & Estella, a digital home decor boutique. sanakeefer.com

Secrets: Flea Markets

The best finds are at flea markets. You never know what you'll discover. Decorating should be an adventure.

-- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design
editor and producer.

Must-Haves

Nature

Add a touch of nature to coffee tables with clusters of amethyst and coral.

-- Sana Keefer, prop and interior stylist behind Pip & Estella, a digital home decor boutique. sanakeefer.com

Must-Haves

Texture

Texture is more than just a tactile sensation. It gives a place soul.

-- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

Must-Haves

Kantha Throws

I love kantha throws. I use them to keep warm on airplanes, as picnic blankets, and to give tables and chairs a soft, colorful touch.

-- Sana Keefer, prop and interior stylist behind Pip & Estella, a digital home decor boutique. sanakeefer.com

Must-Haves

Earthy Ceramics

I love earthy ceramics. I can't get enough of them.

-- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

Must-Haves

Items You Love

There should be items in your home that sing a little song to you when you walk by.

-- Nate Berkus, designer and author. Host of American Dream Builders on
NBC. Find his home line at Target. nateberkus.com

Must-Haves

Unique Pieces

It’s the quirky, one-of-a kind items that make a space feel special.

-- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

Old and new, formal and relaxed, classic and contemporary. Eclectic style means something different for everyone, so how do you create a look that speaks to you? Find out from designer Bridgid Coulter.

On Mixing Styles

Eclectic is all about bringing together what you love to make a style all your own. Bridgid Coulter explains how to get the mix right.

 

On Mixing Styles

Go Glam

Add a little glam to your space: a brass and glass coffee table, a velvet pillow, a Venetian glass mirror.

-- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design
editor and producer.

On Mixing Styles

Start Classic

Ground a space in classic, timeless pieces, then go wild with fun
accents that reflect who you are.

-- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

On Mixing Styles

Rock On

Try mixing traditional pieces with splurge accessories. Think French with a little rock 'n' roll.

-- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

On Mixing Styles

Global Mix

Try mixing contemporary furnishings with global-inspired accessories and art.

-- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

Color and Paint

Break the Rules

Decorating rules are meant to be broken. You can paint a small space bright blue if you want.

-- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

Color and Paint

Luxe Combo

Pale gray walls and glossy white molding always look expensive.

-- Nate Berkus, designer and author. Host of American Dream Builders on NBC. Find his home line at Target. nateberkus.com

Color and Paint

Start Small

A safe way to add color in a bedroom is with bedding. Start with a white duvet, then add colorful sheets and shams.

-- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013,
Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

Color and Paint

All-white rooms feel sad and dormlike. Paint one wall a bold color to make it feel intimate and happy.

-- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

Color and Paint

Painting Trim

Paint doors (and their trim) or window trim the same color as the walls so they disappear.

-- Elaine Griffin, interior designer, home decorator, and author. elainegriffin.com

Color and Paint

Ceilings don’t have to be white. Add color with paint, wallpaper, or fabric.

-- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

Color and Paint

Make a Statement

Don't be afraid to make bold color statements in a bathroom.

-- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

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