Last week, we spotlighted a space designed by an untrained designer, a woman who champions a democratic approach to the decorating of spaces. I don’t know about you, but her New York City townhouse had me more convinced than ever that one can get a hell of a long way with the ruling mantra “pick what you like best and put it in your house and it’ll look great.”
There’s a line, though, that separates hobbyist from professional, and as of this week, I have decided that line is a ceiling.
I want to know who among us, lacking any sort of formal design training, has thought to crane their neck backwards to utter the words, “Let’s really elevate the look of this ceiling.” Seriously, if that’s you, pipe up so we can all applaud your impressive know-how.
As for me, I can’t claim ever to have considered a ceiling ripe with stylist potential, beyond it being the sometimes-home to overhead lighting.
But hey, you can really do a lot with ceilings, it seems!
Painting, and molding, and shiplap, and you go give everyone who visits a crick in their necks, Glen Coco.
Design by Shelton, Mindel & Associates; Photography by Joshua McHugh
Design by House Of Jade Interiors; Photography by Lindsey Orton
Design by Orac Decor
Design by Tamara Magel
Design by A Beautiful Mess
If adorning our actual ceilings is too daunting for us mere design mortals, we might still be empowered enough to select a light fixture that throws the pattern we aren’t brave enough to put on our ceilings, on our ceilings.
ELLE Decoration, April 2015; photography by Giorgio Possenti via
That’s all I wrote for this week, family.
It’s almost the weekend, though, which means it’s a prime opportunity for you to get your closet editing on with the help of the Live Simply Closet Edit Masterclass. Go sign up and join the fun. (People are having fun, I swear.)