Architecture

Architecture is such a formal way of saying "planning, designing and doing what looks good and makes you happy!" Browse through these designers' architecture ideas and fire up your own imagination.

...I've always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake.
Billy Baldwin

Architecture would lead us to all the arts, as it did with earlier mean: but if we despise it and take no note of how we are housed, the other arts will have a hard time of it indeed.
William Morris, The Beauty of Life

Even if it's not a style of architecture or period you like, a decorator has to have a feel for a house's personality and try not to fight against it. I like to get the juice out of a house and not spoil it.
Nancy Lancaster, Her Life, Her World, Her Art

I like lots of air, order, personal objects and beautiful architecture.
William Hodgins

I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention.
Ettore Sottsass, A Critical Biography

I suppose the most marked example of color as structure is in the Byzantine use of mosaic decoration that becomes architecture. The decoration of the interiors so related to the form that they fuse. In less elaborate interior design this is always the ideal approach to color - used not only as just color alone.
Van Day Truex, Interiors, Character, and Color

I try to design rooms around their architecture or to create architecture where none exists.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard

If the 18th century is often described by architectural historians as the great age of the English house, the Victorian period might equally well be called the great age of the English home.
Philippa Tristam, Living Space

If there is a reason for keeping the wall very quiet, choose a pattern that works all over without pronounced lines...Put very succinctly, architectural effect depends upon a nice balance of horizontal, vertical and oblique. No rules can say how much of each; so nothing can really take the place of feeling and good judgement.
William Morris

Interior decorating is the frivolous sister of the architectural profession.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

It is to the client's advantage and also the architect's, to have a trained and experienced decorator with both technical knowledge and an understanding of interior architectural detail so as to be able to assemble intelligently the proper textures, colors, furniture and objects to make a consistent room. If all these things are taken into consideration in the original planning...a great many difficulties can be anticipated.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Interior Architecture and Decoration

It is usually a mistake to impose an individual's taste on a room that has its own....style. Conversely, to put very fine pieces of furniture in a room that is without architectural distinction is as absurd as wearing a tiara with a bathing suit.
Nancy Lancaster

My furniture is an exercise in architecture or architectural mood.
Ettore Sottsass, A Critical Biography

Neither good taste nor wealth... can transform a house into a home, for a home does not consist in the quality of its architecture or decor, but in the quality of the lives that it expresses.
Philippa Tristam, Living Space

Whether it's fine arts or music or architecture, the most compelling works are finessed and manipulated so subtly that you're barely aware of the artist's hand.
Scott Johnson, Architect, Architectural Digest v53 p150-9 Mr '96

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