Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home

Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home

Find a delicate balance

A devoted grandmother of six, Marsha fields as many questions on developing “kid-friendly” areas as she did when her daughters and son were small. “Long gone are the days of roping off the living room and dining room because they are too precious to use,” she says. Accommodating children, though, does not mean removing breakables from every surface. Instead, she suggests exposing little ones to beautiful things while teaching respect for their fragility. “The added bonus,” she adds, “is that you’ll never need to worry about their behavior in someone else’s home.”

Text Melissa Lester
Photography John O’Hagan

View more of Marsha Mason’s abode, along with her garden oasis, in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.


  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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