Thursday, June 23, 2011

3 Secrets Of Design: Hadley Binion Designs

Hello everyone! My name is Hadley from Hadley Binion DesignsI was thrilled when Shelli asked me to guest post for her "3 Secrets of Design" series! I just love her style, her fabulous blog AND her gorgeous home! are 3 decorating tips I live by and find to be very true!

1) Mix Old with New
Always mix old with the new and combine your antiques with fresh, modern pieces to add another dimension! When decorating my living room, I mixed old with new and it makes the space so much more interesting. The antique, demilune table in the corner has been in my family for years, but I love the white sofa next to it and modern accessories like the garden stool. I believe your home should tell a story, and it should be layered with pieces (both old and new) that you accumulate over time...

2) Mix Found Treasures with Fine Purchases
be afriad to mix something inexpensive with something expensive. Collect pieces from all walks of life, and sometimes those inexpensive treasures you find, are better than any fine, high-priced antique. One of my favorite pieces in our home is a mirror I found in an antique store in Virgina for less than $60. To me, there is nothing wrong with having a bargain piece from Ikea or a garage sale next to a fine antique. It just adds interest and again, it tells a story...
1) Mix Classic with FUN!
I love mixing classic pieces with a funky fabric or a fun, bright color. It makes a space come alive, and the FUN pieces keep everything from being too predictable and monochromatic.
In our living room, I have solids on most of the upholstery with one or two accent pieces like the cane chair in funky fabric and the fun, colorful pillows. Several other fabric tips... always Mix textures and Mix scale of pattern (large patterns with small patterns)...

I hope you find these design tips helpful! Thanks so much, Shelli — I am honored to be a part of your blog!

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  1. Love the floor in the entryway! Is it travertine? How does it wear? I would like travertine for my kitchen but tile guy is saying it doesn't wear well :(

  2. I enjoyed this post. These 3 "secrets" are what I love to do...the electicism makes a space interesting. Thank you!

  3. Great tips and beautiful rooms!

  4. Definitely agree with all those ideas!! The best spaces are always a mix!

  5. Thanks for your sweet comments! Such a fun post and honored to be a guest on your blog Shelli!

  6. What awesome tips! I love her style. Mixing old with new is the best way to achieve character, charm and lots of styleee! (:

  7. Great tips and a fun post. I believe a home should tell a story as well. Hadley has a beautiful style. I love the rich chocolate brown walls with the hot pink settee.

  8. All great tips! Combining unexpected items always provides interest to a space.

  9. All fabulous tips! Her home is beautiful and so are the rest of the inspirational images. Good post.


  10. LOVE the tips and those rooms are gorgeous!!!

  11. Great advice! I love the butterfly prints tucked into the corner of your living room and the unique ceramic barrel shaped side table.

  12. Love that pillow!!

  13. I love these tips too - I love what I think is her own living room with that great barrel chair in zebra, the art, the stool - it's a beautiful room all the way around!