Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Definition Of A Great Room

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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.

 

albert-hadley Hadley’s living room

You can read the full interview (here), it is a must

4 comments:

Brillante Interiors said...

I totally agree. Emotions, memories, life versus money.

Liz said...

I agree 100%. All living rooms would be completely mundane if we didn't equip them with our own life experiences, greatest passions, and fondest memories.

Claudia Juestel said...

Another example why Mr. Hadley was such an amazing designer. He really understood that we are not to impose and aesthetic onto a client, but rather must help them create a home that truly reflects who they are in the most pleasing way.

Cheers,

Claudia

Patricia Gray said...

I also read that article as I am a big fan of Albert Hadley. It is comforting to me to read his words.

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