When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.
If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.
If we have authentic, honest, earthy materials in our houses, we’ll be more authentic, honest and natural.
I feel very strongly we are spiritual beings in a physical body, and we should make our surroundings as beautiful and soulful as possible.
My mantra is: Let there be happiness in my soul, and let me share it with the world.
I have my clothes made in Hong Kong, but I love Shangai Tang in New York.
When I was little, I got to pick my hair ribbon from my mother’s collection that hung over her dressing-table mirror. I have an entire room of ribbons in my New York apartment.
I find it soothing to take something wrinkled and make it smooth. It feels anticipatory. It’s what I do before a celebration. And nobody bothers me when I’m ironing.
Being a mother and grandmother is the best of the best in my life. My grandchildren multiply the joy my daughters bring me.
I want to inspire through example. I hope my books motivate others to open doors and windows that will help them to embrace their own truth, light and joy.
Each of us must become impassioned, finding meaning and self-fulfillment in our own life’s journey.
I like people to really get a feel for the house before they do anything to it.
Don’t feel you have to buy something to sit in or at. Buy something you are emotionally attached to and build your design around that. One Matisse cutout poster could provide you with your whole color scheme!
You can sometimes avoid costly mistakes. Paint a corner of the room a certain color to see how the light affects it. Or buy just one yard of an expensive fabric to see how you like it in your room.
A home should be an intimate autobiography of the things that you like. One of the things I’m so keen on expressing is that, if you don’t do it for yourself, if you’re always seeking affirmation from outside, you’ll never have a home. It’ll just be a house.
You’re not going to be dreary on the inside if you’re not dreary on the outside.
I get all dressed up in fuchsia, looking like a clown, and show pretty pictures to people.
Unhappy people make me feel like I’ve done something wrong.
I don’t want to go anywhere; I don’t want to leave anybody behind. Happiness is right here, right now, in this world, in this room. I am happiest wherever it is that I am.
You can’t be a resource for others unless you nourish yourself.
We have to establish time boundaries and learn how to say no.
I want my readers to find their own way.
Happiness is the first principle of life. Happiness basically means well-being. It is always good and always a choice… We need to make the choice to be happy in a particular situation, just as it is, and at a given moment.
Our home, just like our garden, evolves. We experiment, try out different things and new colors until we feel content. Try to keep the metaphor of home as garden in your consciousness.
When I’m the happiest, my desk is not neat. It has lots of pens and the books I love. It gets messy when I’m in the flow. So many houses are so neat.
Unused rooms are such bad feng shui, really bad energy.
I find that through all my work, I really get to see and feel energy, health and vitality between people and their surroundings and how they interact with each other.
My grandfather was a Methodist preacher, and my father was an unsuccessful businessman. We didn’t have status or wealth.
I think of myself as the little girl Renoir painted with the watering can. I loved the garden colors.
Colors are important. People are in clinical depression whether they are on medication or not. Neutrals are another form of medication.
Feeling at home with ourselves and being able to create a spirit of place that nourishes us physically, emotionally and spiritually is a goal worthy of our highest priority.
We can raise our sights high when we’re willing to break free from being conformists who live a conventional life simply because we are too afraid to express our uniqueness.
I urge readers to experience things that they love and give up things that are not working.
We can live closer to our dreams if we are willing to dream them. And we can create a life as we want it to be.
Put a picture of yourself as a child in view somewhere, to remind yourself to be playful.
How we feel about ourselves as we read the newspaper, set the table, wash the dishes, recycle the trash and wash our clothes… is essential to our overall happiness and well-being.
My message is that happiness is the first principle of life. But you must choose it. We all have pain, but suffering is a choice. You can be happier if you make some changes in your life.
I love people and care about them, and I felt I had a gift to cheer people up. If I could get into their homes and make their environment more attractive, they’ll be happier, and it would be very rewarding for me.
Being a decorator allowed me to see what about people’s environments made them happy. And what things they could do to have more light and color and joy in their daily lives.
The home is the center of your soul; it’s a total reflection of your inner life. If you have a dreary home, it means you are dark inside.
Style really comes down to what makes you feel good.
We can finish a house, but never a home. Once you fall in love with a house, you find continual pleasures in fixing it up and making innovations that satisfy your creature’s comforts.
I’m an interior designer from the soul. It’s not about just putting things in a room. It’s much deeper and broader. It’s about self-discovery.
You learn to give up what’s not working and surround yourself with things you love – not what’s correct or proper.
I want to listen to Beethoven and Mozart. I want to read the best minds. I want to live with uplifting art. I don’t want to live a grubby life.
Your past is something you cannot change. You can’t live it; it’s dead.
Be mindful of the very moment you are living. Start exactly this second. You don’t wait until the children get out of the house or when the sun comes out. Create something better.
Make your physical surroundings as beautiful as possible.