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The Rules of Design: "There Are No Rules"

Consultant: Christine Anderson

Personal style: Preferring to work with classic clean lines, Anderson adds a mix of industrial elements along with texture and color to give her designs an urban feel.

“I tend to bring in color and texture with my accessories, like mixing in metals or wood,” Anderson said.

Hardwood floors and other rustic elements along with minimal window treatments such as blinds rather than heavy drapery add to the relaxed feel.

“It’s the more warehouse feel,” Anderson said. “It’s a little bit more rustic but with clean lines.”

Art plays an important role in design for Anderson, who incorporates sculpture, prints or other artwork or unusual pieces into a room to make it distinct.

Decorating tip: Don’t confine yourself to a specific design style and don’t be afraid to mix and match.

“In the past, we’ve had fixed categories of design from traditional to country, mission, industrial or modern, and that is no longer the case,” Anderson said. “Today’s rule is that there are no rules, and that is wonderfully liberating.”

Thinking outside of the style box allows you the freedom to bring in artwork, photographs or other objects of personal significance.

“The industry has been toying with the word transitional with a more modern look,” Anderson said. “But we’ve grown to the point that if you want grandma’s linen chest to use as a cocktail table, it’s an option. You can use the things that you love and mix it with other elements.”

Favorite room design: A re-make of a living room in the home of Brian and Rhonda Arndorfer of Merrill.

“They wanted the appearance to be totally different from what they had,” Anderson said. “They had an 80s or 90s décor.”

The couple opted to go with clean, simple lines and a neutral color scheme highlighting the room’s main furniture, a mid-sized sofa and two track arm chairs with tapered legs. The furniture is offset by textures and color found throughout the rooms accessories.

“I went with a neutral woven fabric for the sofa and the chairs,” Anderson said. “They have very simple lines.”

Texture is introduced into the room with an over sized leather ottoman serving as a cocktail table, a woven throw and leather crocodile skin tray. An abstract floral oil painting above the fireplace pulls in the soft greens and tans placed throughout the room.

Read the story from the June 2014 Issue of the You Magazine on pages 24 & 25 HERE

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