In a recent Architectural Digest interview with the “American Dean of Decoration” Albert Hadley, he was asked for his definition of a great room. I think the answer of the venerable designer sums it up quite nicely.
“The best rooms have history and meaning: photographs that remind you of someone, furniture that has a story. Whatever you put in your house should be interesting. I may not like it, but that doesn’t make any difference. And decorating is not about dollars and cents; it’s an emotional thing, it’s passion. Buying a painting or a piece of furniture just because a famous name made it isn’t passion.”
Indeed, it is all about passion.
You can read the full interview (here), it is a must