Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Guest Post: Hadley Binion Designs - Design Secrets!

Here is a sneak peak at a Guest Post I did for one of my very favorite blogs, a' la mode. It'll go up on Thursday, so you guys get to see it first!

Hello everyone! My name is Hadley from Hadley Binion Designs. I was thrilled when Shelli asked me to guest post for her "3 Secrets of Design" series! I just love her style, her fabulous blog AND her gorgeous home! are 3 decorating tips I live by and find to be very true!

1) Mix Old with New
Always mix old with the new and combine your antiques with fresh, modern pieces to add another dimension! When decorating my living room, I mixed old with new and it makes the space so much more interesting. The antique, demilune table in the corner has been in my family for years, and I love the white sofa next to it and modern accessories like the garden stool. I believe your home should tell a story, and it should be layered with pieces (both old and new) that you accumulate over time...

2) Mix Found Treasures with Fine Purchases
be afraid to mix something inexpensive with something expensive. Collect pieces from all walks of life, and sometimes those inexpensive treasures you find, are better than any fine, high-priced antique. One of my favorite pieces in our home is a mirror I found in an antique store in Virgina for less than $60. To me, there is nothing wrong with having a bargain piece from Ikea or a garage sale next to a fine antique. It just adds interest and again, it tells a story...
1) Mix Classic with FUN!
I love mixing classic pieces with a funky fabric or a fun, bright color. It makes a space come alive, and the FUN pieces keep everything from being too predictable and monochromatic.
In our living room, I have solids on most of the upholstery with one or two accent pieces like the cane chair in funky fabric and the fun, colorful pillows. Several other fabric tips... always Mix textures and Mix scale of pattern (large patterns with small patterns)...

I hope you find these design tips helpful! Thanks so much, Shelli — I am honored to be a part of your blog!



  1. Your house looks great ! Fun to see the Stray Dog Lamp so happy in your bedroom....and the mirror in the entry is such a keeper :)

  2. Hi! I just came across your post on a' la mode..very interesting! As it happens, on my list is a garden stool for my living room. Thx for sharing.


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