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Q: After being in the business for 15 years, what’s a bit of decorating advice you’ve discovered everyone can use?
A: Don’t be afraid of color. I love pale blue, especially Benjamin Moore’s Iceberg (#212240) and a platinum-gray called Sterling (#1591). Just be sure the saturation level is consistent throughout, otherwise it can become tiring.
Q: How do you decide on a palette for a given room?
A: You’ve got to work with what you’ve got, and don’t try to fight it. If there’s a lot of light I go for a softer palette. If it’s a very dark room then I create an environment that might be a little deeper in tone.
Q: What are the important things to consider when setting up lighting in a living room?
A: You want overall, even light, particularly at seating height, so table lamps are good. I like dimmers, and set very low, so you get a feeling that’s very atmospheric. Candles and hurricane lamps are a great way to get light into the middle of the room and even out the overall light.
Q: What are your two favorite pieces in your Dering Hall storefront?
A: I love the Stanton Club Chair and the Redcraft Sofa. We can use both of these again and again to create environments that are traditional or modern.
Q: Your Tilden Coffee Table has a rugged, industrial feel. How would you use this in a more traditional setting?
A: It would be exciting to see it next to a refined textile, like a rug that has silk in it. That would really play up the contrast and make the table feel even chunkier.
Q: The Sennowe Club Chair has a very 1940s feel. How would you incorporate it into a more modern home?
A: I hope all of the pieces feel timeless, and their clarity means they’ll fit into a lot of environments. But contrast is key. I wouldn’t put them into a room full of ’40s furniture. Also, finish and material are important. I wouldn’t contrast rugged and refined to the extent that it feels hodgepodge, so I say stick to your story.
Q: You have a lot of tufted upholstery in your storefront. What about that is appealing to you?
A: Tufting to me has timelessness—it refers to a Chesterfield sofa, which is a traditional design—but it also feels updated to me, it feels special.
Q: What are the design trends surfacing now that intrigue you?
A: The use of materials that feel very organic and have a lot of age but are used in a slightly more cleaned-up way, like a table made from reclaimed wood that has modern lines.
Q: What’s the inspiration behind the dramatic silhouette of your Harbor Bed?
A: Building facades in Brussels. I like the play between something that’s influenced by a traditional form but feels more modern because of its execution.
Q: What’s the one item you should never skimp on?
A: A sofa. It’s the foundation of a room and grounds the space. Like a great sports coat it’s something you’ll use over and over. I prefer a boxy shape, like my Jackson Square Sofa. It’s classic and won’t go out of style.