Home design is not just how a home looks but how it lives

DARK ON LIGHT: The dark mirror frame, wall art and strong black trim on the linens add contrast to this Rhode Island guest room, offsetting the softer colors and floral patterns.

Of all the brains I’d like to down load into mine, the kinds of gifted prime designers prime my record.

I would like to internalize their means to see likely in parts I considered were being defunct, to present remedies to troubles I didn’t know existed, and to have the imaginative self-confidence to set a zebra print rug below a polka-dotted armchair.

So, when I bought an innovative duplicate of “Think Like a Decorator,” (Rizzoli, March 28, 2023), I dove into its webpages. Then I identified as the writer, interior designer Leslie Banker. She opened our dialogue by telling me she’d begun her job as a author, then swerved into design and style. Now she seriously experienced my focus.