Consistency: “I keep the background colors the same in every room for a less choppy look.”
Contrast: “Color is hard for me to pull off, so I go for contrast. To me, it’s easier to live with over a longer period of time.”
Casualness: “We live and entertain casually these days. Decorating is at its best when it’s personal.”
Photo: A pair of substantial lamps from Barbara’s company balances the weight of the pine table and chest. The light color of the aged finish and the raw silk shades keep the look from seeming heavy.
Lamps: Pineapple from The Collection by Barbara Cosgrove Lamps; barbaracosgrovelamps.com or 816/221-3461 for retailers.