The Best Decorating Advice H&H Editors Got From Their Moms
As with most things in life, we have our moms to thank for their influence — even when it comes to good design. Discover what decorating advice H&H editors received from their own mothers that they still use today!
“My mum is an eternal sentimentalist when it comes to decorating and it’s totally rubbed off on me. I recently framed a print we got while we were in New Zealand and plan to hang it up as a memory of our trip and a nod to my mum’s hometown.” — Emily Evans, Associate Editor
“It’s not exactly decor advice, but my mother always says ‘comparisons are odious.’ She worked for designer Herbert Irvine and our houses were always full of unique finds and family heirlooms… and toile. She has great taste!” — Wendy Jacob, Features Editor
“My mom’s advice: Gardens are the best investment. My mom, Barb, isn’t talking in terms of bank balances or even resale house value — she’s talking about the joy and amazement you get from watching beautiful things grow outside your back door. My mom is always my first call to ask for advice when something is languishing in its plot. She’s also the person I can brag to if I finally coax a peony to bloom (after years of not blooming). I love my mom.” — Stacey Smithers, Senior Design Editor
“My mom is my biggest fan, and is always the first one to point out when a space I designed feels so “me” — even if I didn’t realize it had a defined style. She is a reminder to trust myself and not second guess my design decisions!” — Adena Leigh, Digital Editor
“The best design lesson my mom taught me is that a room can be put together different ways using the same furniture. She still frequently rearranges her living room and it looks great — and feels significantly different — every time. As a result, her house never feels static or staid. (The second, less obvious lesson there is to buy timeless, quality furniture that won’t date and looks wonderful anywhere!)” — Kimberley Brown, Executive Editor
“Starting with an empty room can be a daunting task, but my mom’s advice to simply decorate with confidence has always stuck with me. Now, I begin by finding one piece I love, and slowly the rest of the room comes together.” — Amanda Tucci, Editorial Assistant