How to be­gin

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Mag­a­zines are filled with ideas for com­pos­ing dec­o­ra­tive schemes, as is na­ture. An­other path, says Nye, is to study the vi­gnettes at re­tail­ers like Crate & Bar­rel and Pot­tery Barn and see how they do it.

He ad­vises start­ing small with pat­terns — lamps, pil­lows and knick­knacks are good choices.

“Once your eye be­comes ac­cus­tomed to these,” he says, “you can con­tinue lay­er­ing.”

Art­work is an­other form of pat­tern. Not to worry if you’ve in­her­ited a house­ful of tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture and you col­lect ab­stracts, Nye says. “Putting them to­gether is con­tra­dic­tory in a good way, and can look ter­rific,” he says.

There’s a lot of art in Nye’s home, in­clud­ing the bath­room. Here he hung a large paint­ing, striped the walls and added a small, dec­o­ra­tive ta­ble, all of which share sim­i­lar colours off­set by white.

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