A Few Of Our Favorite Quotes

“Good design is forever.” – Zelina Brunschwig, director, textile décor company, Brunschwig & Fils (1897-1981)

“Color is life, for a world without color seems dead.  As a flame produces light, light produces color.  As intonation lends color to the spoken word, color lends spiritually realized sound to form.”
– Johannes Itten, Swiss expressionist painter (1888-1967)

“Lately, I have been thinking how comfort is perhaps the ultimate luxury.”
– Billy Baldwin, interior designer

"Good design is forever."
– Zelina Brunschwig, director, textile décor company, Brunschwig & Fils (1897-1981)

“Comfort, even in the most formal areas, is mandatory, as is timelessness, a blessed attribute that straddles fad and period.”
– Barry Dixon, designer

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”
– William A. Foster, U.S. Marine & Medal of Honor recipient (1917-45)

“But man does not create, he discovers.”
– Antonio Gaudi, Spanish architect & designer (1852-1926)

“This work has to do with people . . . "
– Alexa Hampton, interior designer

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
– John Keats, English poet (1795-1821)

“Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”
– Leonard Koren, American author

“Exquisite details make interiors sing.”
– Larry Laslo, designer

“Dream your dreams with open eyes and make them come true.”
– T.E. Lawrence, British soldier and author (1888-1935)

“Destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller, American novelist & painter (1891-1980)

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
– George Moore, Irish novelist (1852–1933)

“Casual elegance is all about the mix.”
– Charlotte Moss, American interior designer

“An exceptional home . . .”
– Sotheby’s, auction house, founded in England, 1744

“Beauty as we feel it . . . “
– George Santayana, Spanish philosopher & writer (1863-1952)

"Choice is the essence of luxury."
– Stark Carpet

“Style is the mind skating circles round itself as it moves forward.”
– Robert Stone, ADD

“Comfort and function are the most critical ingredients to a beautiful room.”
– William W. Stubbs, American interior designer

“Man has never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
– Bernard Williams, British philosopher (1929-2003)

“If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (1867-1959)

“To me, interiors should not be about trends; they should be about people and how they live.”
– James Huniford, interior designer

“The more mass produced our homes, furnishings and electronics become, the greater the appeal of handcrafted products.”
– Architectural Digest

“The brain is wider than the sky.”
– Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-86)

“The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.”
– Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor & author

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
– Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384 BC – 322 BC)

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
– Muhammad Ali, boxer

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
  – John Howard Payne, American actor, poet, playwright, author & composer (1791 – 1852)

“Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind…A mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static.”
– Oleg Cassini, French-born American fashion designer (1913 – 2006)

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”
– Coco Chanel, French fashion designer (1883 – 1971)

3 steps to improving client-designer relationships:
"The best designs are born from the best client-designer relationships. They aren’t born from relationships where the designer calls all the shots; the best designs aren’t born from when the client tries to play designer. No, the best designs are born from a client-designer relationship that follows these three steps: clear role definition, honest & open communication, and trust.”
– Paper-Leaf.com, Canadian design company

“My main objective is determining how a space will feel, not how it will look.”
– Terry Hunziker, interior designer

“A person with a real design flair is a gambler at heart.”
– Billy Baldwin, interior designer

“A great chair should look as if it could spring at you and take you in its arms.”
– Roger Banks-Pye, interior design director, decorating division, Colefax & Fowler (1948-1996)

“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.”
– Barry Dixon, interior designer

“Interiors speak! Rooms emphasize whether one exists or lives, and there is a great difference between the two!”
– Van Day Truex, interior designer, director of design, Tiffany & Co. (d.1979)

“Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s wellbeing.”
– Albert Hadley, interior decorator

“I’m for style – fashions change too often.”
– Coco Chanel, French fashion designer (1883 – 1971)