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Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
If You Absolutely Love It, It's Not Risky Design
When designer Dana Schwartz moved into this Washington, DC apartment, it was an empty new build with plain white walls. Now, the place is bursting with color, pattern and texture you wouldn’t think could mesh so well together. But the key to making it all work is simple: “Ultimately, it’s all stuff that I love,” she says. “It works, because it represents me.”
We asked Dana to give us some tips on taking design risks in your own home. And we got her to share her decor-sourcing secrets.
One secret? That “painting” underneath the neon sign—a quote from the Desperate Housewives of New York—is actually a Samsung Art TV, which many designers use in their work. You can subscribe to an art membership from Samsung so you can change up the image as it suits you. “It literally tricks people,” Dana says. “People are like, ‘Where’s your TV?’ So when it’s off, it really does look like a piece of art. That’s why I just built the gallery wall around it.”