Susan Responds to Recent WSJ Article on “Undecorating”

There was an article recently in the Wall Street Journal  addressing the “new” design trend of “undecorating.” The ideal results in “unfussy, lived-in, creative, imperfect homes.” Funny, that sounds like my home (which, by the way, I love) and I’ve been operating a design business for over 30 years.

“The emphasis is on freshness, on individuality, on places one would really want to live in, not just look at.” Who in their right minds would want anything else? I design homes that people consider their refuge, their place to relax and reflect- a place that reenergizes them. Their homes are designed for them alone and reflect their needs, wants and personalities. They are filled with things that are unique to them.

A sterile, unwelcoming house designed to be a showhouse environment for the “keep up with the Jones crowd” is nothing I’m interested in doing. So, I guess I’m way ahead of the curve. Seems like I’ve been “undecorating” for years.

However, don’t underestimate the value of working with someone who has expertise in the arrangement of furniture, scale, lighting, color, knowledge of sources and innumerable other things. I disagree with the notion that the idea of an interior designer may be “out of question” in this economy. I feel someone with experience can guide you and help you to prevent costly mistakes, and that does nothing but save you money.

P.S. I’ve known some people with unmade beds and clothes thrown across a couch, but, trust me, they weren’t trying to make a decorating statement. No thanks, not for me.