Light, Livable Style
The “simpler is better” philosophy that guides her designs also steers her home’s interior style. “Sometimes you can get carried away with stuff,” she says. “It’s so much more pleasant to keep things minimal, clean, and easy.” But Barbara’s idea of minimal doesn’t appear cold and stark, thanks to her decorating balancing act.
Photo: Barbara enjoys time in the front yard with grandsons Chase and Quinn and daughter-in-law AJ.
Sofa: Nicki Slipcovered Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; mgbwhome.com.
Chairs: Alexa Slipcovered Chair also by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Rug: by Classic Concepts, classichomefurnishings.com for retailers.
Artwork above sofa: From Cradle to Grave by artist Larry McAnany.
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.