Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home

Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home

Let your house rise up to meet you

When lending her talents to a project, Marsha recognizes that the dwelling must suit its dwellers. “A space that is not livable serves no purpose, no matter how beautiful it is,” she says. The designer considers carefully how each room will function—factoring in clients’ stage of life and way of life—to satisfy unique priorities. In her own quarters, where hospitality is prized, slipcovers give a polished appearance to Chippendale chairs but allow for easy cleaning. She recommends carrying out this idea in washable fabrics with dressmaker details, such as covered-button closures.


  1. What an awesome story ! I remember this article quite well and really loved the photos which told a story in itself !

    I love the detail as well as the overall look and feel of elegance, sophistication, and comfort. The rooms have great ‘bones’ to them in their architectural presentation and the choice of colours and design details really complete the look !

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage

  2. A lovely home
    I grew up in country Victoria Australia, in an old Edwardian farmhouse. My mother always said every room should have something to make you smile as you pass by. Some object or family furniture that hold precious memories. I have tried to layer my home in the same way.
    Thank you an inspiring article

  3. One of the first times I have been as one with a decorator…..have you published a book yet? Your rooms are lovely, bright and cheery. Love the colors. Such happy rooms.


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