Ask the De­signer

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Read­ers ask de­sign ex­pert Sandy Sut­ton ques­tions about in­te­rior de­sign. Sut­ton is the owner of The De­sign Cen­ter with Sandy Sut­ton.

Dear Sandy,

I am so glad that you are do­ing this fea­ture in the Hot

help a lot of us! Springs on the Go! mag­a­zine. It will

I re­cently in­herMy de­sign dilemma is very per­sonal.

china that she loved ited my mother’s Wedge­wood bone

her din­ing room was so dearly. It is an el­e­gant pat­tern and dec­o­rated in beau­ti­ful silk fab­rics for the win­dows and a

al­ways used starched lovely silk stripe on the chairs. She

a lovely centerpiec­e. white linens, crys­tal and sil­ver and

per­fectly and she She would plan her din­ner par­ties was a flaw­less host­ess. Her menus

were the talk of the town! My dilemma is that I am not as pro­fi­cient a host­ess as

the shabby chic. So my mom and my style leans to­wards

dec­o­rate my din­ing how can I en­joy my prize china and room in a fresh mod­ern way? Can

this pos­si­bly hap­pen ? By the way, any host­ess ad­vice

you want to toss my way would be great! Thank


Mary Ann

Dear Mary Ann,

We ac­tu­ally have a lot in com­mon. I re­cently in­her­ited my mother’s beau­ti­ful china and she was the con­sum­mate South­ern host­ess! (Sounds like our Mom’s were two peas in a pod.)

I en­joy mix­ing ab­stract art, an­tiques and mod­ern fur­nish­ings to­gether in a de­sign scheme and this same prin­ci­ple will work for you. We will breathe new life into this time­less china pat­tern!

Let’s start with the walls. To­day, our wall­pa­pers are en­joy­ing a re­vival of the tra­di­tional prints and pat­terns but in fresh new col­ors such as this beau­ti­ful damask pat­tern in a fresh Hep Green.

The walls will set the stage for us to in­tro­duce a linen-blend fab­ric that fea­tures a more open pat­tern than the pa­per giv­ing us an airy shabby chic feel! We will use this fab­ric to cre­ate re­laxed drapery panels with sim­ple hard­ware that re­flects a ca­sual ap­proach.

You didn’t men­tion your din­ing chairs, and whether they have fab­ric on them, so my ad­vice on this is­sue is to keep it sim­ple. Part of the charm of shabby chic is that it melds to­gether old and new. If you se­lect a linen

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