Design Rules from Danielle Oakey

I'm so happy to have my blogroll back on the blog!  I took it down when one of the links was causing google to tell people not to come to my blog, but that's all cleared up.  While it was down, I missed some of my usual reads, but also discovered some great new ones.  Check it out.

A long-standing blog on my roll is Danielle Oakey Interiors.  Danielle is a young designer in Utah, mom to preschooler Emory, and works magic in her own home on a student budget (her husband is in med school).  How cute it Emory's room? (And Emory, for that matter?)


So when I decided to bring back my 3 design rules series from the summer, Danielle was the perfect place to begin.  I'm so glad she's visiting today!

danielle oakey interiors

Hi, I am Danielle from Danielle Oakey Interiors.
I am happy to be here sharing a couple of my top design rules.

1. Spend money on textiles.
Designer fabrics can transform a space.
You may only need a couple gorgeous throw pillows to update an entire room.

{image via Lonny}

2. Don't be afraid to take risks.
If you love it, go for it.
Taking risks can be scary but the payoff is big.

{image via Lonny}

3. Combine cool and warm colors in every space.
It is really important for every room to have a good balance of warm and cool colors.
This is one of the first things I consider when designing a space.

{image via Lonny}

Oh, and my number one rule is, don't be afraid to break the rules!
Have I confused you yet?
Thank so much for having me Heather!

Now I'm thinking through my own home, wondering if I have enough cool colors around the place.  It's always so fun to hear top rules from fellow bloggers and designers.  Autumn from Design Dump will visit us next.  And if you missed it this summer, check out Carol from The Design Pages, Anne-Marie from 10 Rooms, and Elizabeth from Modern 24/7.

Come on back on Monday, too, for a giveaway you won't want to miss!