5 Pieces Of Wise Decorating Advice From Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley {staircase} by recent settlers on Flickr

Tricia Foley {staircase} by recent settlers on Flickr

“I think that many people try to copy what’s trendy rather than trusting their own personal style in decorating a home and then the look doesn’t last. If you’re really not sure about making decorating decisions, keep a file of pictures of favorite rooms culled from books and magazines to help narrow it down”  Tricia Foley

“In terms of color for walls, I always do a test patch and live with it to see how the color responds to the light and with the existing furnishings. It’s also important to put it all together and make sure that your color palette is compatible and that you’re not acquiring furniture and accessories in bits and pieces that don’t work together.Tricia Foley

“It makes sense to follow the architectural style of the space. Determine the function of the room and really think about how you will use it. Then furnish it appropriately for those uses. Finally, layer on your own personal style — not someone else’s. Aim for personal comfort as well as visual appeal level.” Tricia Foley

Go with good classic design in terms of furniture. I always look for multi-purpose pieces, that can be used for other rooms as living conditions change. Set the scene for your own personal style with neutral walls and floors. Then add simple window treatments and bed linens to transform a space with color.” Tricia Foley

“I see children’s rooms as part of the home, not so much a separate world. I would design the space so that it visually belongs to the rest of the family spaces. It should also be a comfort zone for children and a place for them to express themselves with their own things — there are lots of great storage units, armoires, bins, etc. that are perfect for kids rooms in grownup styles but scaled down sizes available from Pottery Barn for kids, for example Traditions and Mitchell Gold make smaller versions of armchairs from leather club chairs to slipcovered pretty cotton wing chairs that suit many styles.” Tricia Foley

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Tricia On Pinterest

Glass For Every Occasion Tricia Foley

Glass For Every Occasion Tricia Foley-Found on triciafoley.com

Tricia Foley

Decorator Tricia Foley’s Signature White Interiors

Tricia FoleyTricia Foley  by recent settlers on Flickr

If you love simple, white interiors, you will love decorator Tricia Foley.  She has authored 10 design books, and has been featured in national and international magazines.  Her white based interiors and  simple approach to interior decorating is a look that never gets tiresome. If you like the Scandinavian crisp bright interior looks, neutral color schemes and soft color palettes,…….you will love Tricia’s style.

Here are a few of Tricia’s signature looks which often appear in her interiors:

– Stack Clear Glass Plates –  You can easily find affordable collections of clear glasses, and plates at flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales.  Pulling together a collection of glasses and plates is an affordable way of improving a dining room hutch, or decorating the shelves in your kitchen.    Consider using wood shelving on the wall, and stacking your glassware out in the open.

– Work with All White China- White porcelain and ironstone, no matter how much you have appears clean and organized.  You don’t need a lot of a simple pattern to make an armoire look pretty.  Space out larger pieces to draw the focus on individual pieces.  White dishware is also a very easy find in many thrift stores no matter where you live.  Even the most rural locations has plain white bowls and platters.

– Work With White Walls– White walls and layers of pattern through textiles, furnishings, and accessories will allow you to change out your style through the year.  Add pops of bold color through the spring and summer, and work with the browns, deep yellows for the winter time.  By working with white, you are free to change things out as you find something new to feature or display.  Consider changing up your throw pillows, art work, and linens for a nice change from season to season.

– Working With Grays Can Be Soothing – Using a simple palette of antique white with soft
powdery shades like gray can allow your space to have a calming effect.  If you work in a stressful environment, there is nothing like coming home to a space you can relax in.  White also makes your home appear larger, so painting the wood work, and liming wood is one way to open things up.

Tricia has a book coming out this fall of 2015, called Tricia Foley Life/Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home- where she reveals her romantic Long Island home where she showcases a number of  outbuildings along with her eighteenth-century farmhouse.  Her signature white look is paired with  natural materials, vintage furnishings and collected antiques.  Consider also getting her At Home with Wedgwood: The Art of the Table-  which shows off 250 years of the company‚Äôs beautiful collections and how readers can integrate Wedgwood pieces into their homes.

Links:

Tricia Foley

At Home in the Country – Tricia Foley

Blog – Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley on Pinterest

At Home With Tricia Foley: Interview with an Interior Designer

Tricia Foley | Facebook

At Home with Wedgwood by Tricia Foley | Hollyhock

 

Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley’s Chicken Coop Found on triciafoley.com

Tricia Foley

Basket with berries, Found on triciafoleyinthecountry.blogspot.com.au

White painted barn host of Tricia Foley's New General Store

White painted barn host of Tricia Foley’s New General Store, Found on gardenista.com

New General Store, Tricia Foley

New General Store, Tricia Foley, Found on facebook.com

Taupe & White. Tricia Foley's book, At Home With Wedgwood

Taupe & White. Tricia Foley’s book, At Home With Wedgwood

At Home in the Country Tricia Foley

At Home in the Country –Tricia Foley Found on triciafoley.com

Tricia Foley's Home Photographed By Jeff McNamara Country Home September 2004 issue.

Tricia Foley’s Home Photographed By Jeff McNamara Country Home September 2004 issue

Tricia Foley

Empire Furniture In A Simple Setting

Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley, Found on mariliforastieri.com

Tricia Foley Collection-

Tricia Foley Collection- Found on triciafoley.com

Tricia Foley Colors

Designer’s favorite whites, neutrals & grays. Designer Tricia Foley’s Benjamin Moore favorites. Great picks! Found on colorchats.benjaminmoore.com

Tricia Foley Laundry Room

Tricia Foley Laundry Room, Found on colorchats.com

Seen on Martha Stewart

Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley – Found on remodelista.com

Tricia Foley Throws Boots

Tricia Foley’s General Store – Found on triciafoley.com