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Go with what you love to make a room design unique

August 11, 2013

Spanish Hickory FloorTrying to get various members of the family to agree on how their home should be decorated can be challenging. Everyone has a different opinion. But what people can agree on is that some home goods, like hardwood flooring from Anderson's Casitablanca collection, are classic design features that will stay in style long into the future.

Interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz know that better than most people. As hosts of HGTV's Home by Novogratz, they work in tandem on show projects, but have decidedly different styles. She likes Southern charm, he goes for downtown cool. But they agree on the basics when it comes to the advice they give to would-be decorators.

One thing they do agree on is starting a home design plan by choosing a focal point. They also believe that photographs​, more than other accessories,  add personality in decorating. With seven children, they have plenty of evidence of that in their own home.

Personalities on display
Gathering decorative items from various sources also gives a room character. Robert Novogratz told the newspaper that too often people buy everything from one place and their homes end up looking like a furniture showroom. If it's not unique, it's not "you," he said. Buying from different stores and vendors also gives consumers an idea of what's trending. 

Making a room "you" means bringing in personal items to define who lives in the space, and no item defines that quality better than photographs of loved ones, places visited and the work of a photographer that a homeowner admires.

Drawing upon the special interests of everyone in the family is a good way to arrive at a look that has personality. One way to do that is to create wall designs that use a mix of wallpaper and paint, according to House to Home.

Homeowners can draw on their own interests in their choice of wall colors, wallpaper patterns that replicate other items they love in their homes and accessories taken from a personal collection or hobby.

Artistic story-telling
On their show, the couple focuses on an artist in each episode, from a furniture craftsman to a street artist. Like the old adage - art is in the eye of the beholder – the couple believes that an eye-catching piece can be anything that homeowners love and will work with their room designs.

"[Art] helps people push their home's potential," Courtney Novogratz told The Washington Post.  "I always say, 'If you're going to put something on your wall, tell a story.'"