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Decorating duo mixes function and beauty in their home design choices

September 17, 2013

Hardwood FloorsAddressing both aesthetics and function is an ideal combination in interior decorating. Like the beautiful hardwood floors in Anderson's Hermosa Plank collection, which work with a wide spectrum of styles in home design, adding how things work as well as how they look is a benefit in any household.

The mother-and-daughter team of Carolyn Einstein Dewar and Diane Einstein exemplifies this approach. The two women have distinct ideas about what will turn a room into a space that's unique and will reflect its owners' personalities. For Einstein, artwork is the key; for her daughter, trying new materials that address different functions is important.

The design duo comes to their careers from different perspectives, but find a middle ground that's keeping a lot of their clients happy. Dewar left a career in advertising and marketing to join her mother, a longtime decorator, in the Einstein Design Group and a buying service called Access Decor.

"For clients looking to protect their furniture from sticky fingers or careless guests, we love to incorporate outdoor fabrics," Dewar gave as a functional example to the San Francisco Chronicle. "With so many new wonderful patterns and textures made for indoor/outdoor use, now you don't have to compromise or sacrifice beauty for durability."

Bring a room to life
For Einstein, the part of decorating that brings a room design to life is the artwork. It can be a focal point or a piece that pulls the entire decor together. For those with a budget - and an art dealer that allows it - she recommended that homeowners take home artwork on loan so they can see how the pieces feel in their homes.

But Einstein also noted that some of the most memorable accessories may be those that homeowners happen upon on their shopping excursions, and they don't have to cost a lot.

House Beautiful magazine recommended that homeowners experiment with art in a variety of ways. Wall art can be 3-dimensional, large works can be hung above the headboard in a bedroom and smaller pieces can be incorporated into bookshelves in a den. Wooden pieces can be coordinated with the tones in their wood floors.

For Dewar, the decorative touch should also have an element of surprise. Something that's unexpected, whether it's an unusual color or an interesting fabric, is her choice for a final touch. Bringing functionality and style together is the ultimate goal.