Albert Hadley

I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives.
Albert Hadley

Decorators should always remember that letting a client see too many beautiful things is a pitfall.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

I have always believed that the more educated the clients are, the easier they are to work with. Clients with a knowledge of decorating, and an ability to articulate what they want from the finished project, make the designer's job easier.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

The one thing I never get involved with is selecting art or pictures for a client. This is a very personal thing. If the clients have pictures, I will hang them. When they do not own pictures I leave the walls blank.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

While I like the things that I own, I don't have anything that I could not live without. I am constantly moving things around, passing them on to friends - a sort of sharing- and when it is appropriate, using things I own in decorating schemes. When I use something that I have owned for many years in a project for a client, I don't think of it as getting rid of something. For me, it is like keeping things in the family.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

A decorator, no matter how talented, can't always get the desired results because sometimes there is resistance or maybe a lack of understanding on the part of the client. I think it is the decorator's job to work as a guide, to bring out the best qualities and the best attitudes.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught. It can be polished and refined. When a person has flair, a grounding in the principle of design, and self-discipline, that person has the potential of being an outstanding designer.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

A decorator must understand that taste is not a standard but the power to discern, to concentrate. Taste is an appreciation of order and a sure knowledge of what constitutes fitness. These concepts can be learned through education, travel, experience, and living. In learning these principles, the person will come to understand that a room - any room - is simply an enclosure of space and time for a specific purpose. The challenge is to know what is suitable in this defined space.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

So many young decorators are trying to reinvent the wheel, and the results are sometimes very dubious. They're striving to do things that have never been done before. Quite often it is done without authority, without knowledge, and without a background in taste. They need to be educated about the past, and they need a richer vocabulary.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

A lot of people worry about the "wear and tear" on furnishings. I feel its more a matter of people treating the things that surround them with respect.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what's in or what's out. This is not an easy job.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

[an interior designer] must be able to clarify his intent keeping ever in mind that decorating is not a look, it's a point of view.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

I have always believed that the more educated the clients are, the easier they are to work with. Clients with a knowledge of decorating, and an ability to articulate what they want from the finished project, make the designer's job easier.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

With the many new methods of illumination, a decorator has to be careful to not overdo lighting. This is an easy trap for a designer to fall into - going too far in dramatizing interiors. Dramatic lighting will photograph well, but that doesn't always make for comfortable living and can look commercial. When we light a room our objective is to get rid of gloom, to have enough light to feel happy.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

A good decorator not only plans and schemes, but he also knows how the job is done.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Forget the floor plans. Arrange the furniture where it is the most comfortable and will look best.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

....the designer must be able to see - make a concentrated effort to absorb the essence of the project. Seeing is a very difficult thing to do. Most people "look" at a lot of thing but never "see" anything. Looking is emotional; seeing is an intellectual process.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

If we cannot have connoisseurship in the young decorators, I would settle for a few history lessons. There is so little awareness of classical Greece, the neoclassical period, the eighteenth century, and the first half of the twentieth century. Without a foundation the house will crumble. What I am saying is not to be taken for nostalgia. Nothing is more exciting than the new. While you can build on the past, you can never really return to it.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

My experience with Mrs. Brown and the other decorators at McMillen was a formative five years in my life. I was the only male decorator on the staff. The professional aspects of decorating were drummed into me along with a very clear understanding of quality goods, dependable suppliers, and reliable craftmen and artisans. Mrs. Brown was unrelenting in her insistence that a good decorator must know what resources are available and where the most suitable goods can be found.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

You cannot make a modern apartment out of a traditional space.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Deep downy upholstery is absolutely what I've always been about.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

We're all collectors by nature. But if you're talking about an orderly life, there has to be a stop sign somewhere. Building a collection requires a strong constitution and the ability to resist.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

After the design is firmly fixed, the decoration is added. Decorating is the final enhancement.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

When Van Truex defined the difference between designing and decorating, he used the analogy of preparing a roast of beef. Design, he said, is the preparation and cooking; decorating is the final seasoning, the savoring.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Beige is atmosphere. It's bisque, it's ivory, it's cream, it's stone, it's toast, it's cappuccino. It's, well, it's magic.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Too much of what passes for design now is theater. It's one thing to be eccentric- and by the way, most eccentrics tend to be rather well-educated people - and quite another to be a faddist, by which I mean someone who tries to conjure a totally foreign aesthetic in a misplaced environment...
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Design is coming to grips with one's real lifestyle, one's real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one's well- being.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There's more to life than decorating.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Life is all about manners. Nothing else matters.
Albert Hadley, House Beautiful

Interior Design Quote of the Day

Sign-up now to get the latest, greatest quotations about interior design!

We respect your privacy. We will not give away, sell or exchange your personal information.