“Always plan the whole room—don’t approach things piecemeal, and coordinate the fabrics. Also, if it’s well-made you can reupholster, just get the best quality fabrics you can. Other tips: Make sure the fabrics won’t show dirt, shiny fabrics look cheap, and buy lamps and chairs in pairs, get complete sets!”

–Raun L. Thorp, founder of Tichenor & Thorp Architects