Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home

Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home

Fall for prints charming

Marsha launches every design scheme with a focal point. Sometimes the muse is a magnificent rug or painting, but the star of nearly every room is a printed fabric. “I pull everything around that swatch,” she says, “also keeping textures in mind.” In her master bedroom, Braemore’s classic Garden Toile provides a sunny backdrop for a mix of other linens. Repeating this key fabric in the valances, bed skirt, and canopy allows the chinoiserie pattern to shine.


  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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