the friday files

I don't care how old you are, the beginning of September always feels like the start of a new year. It's hard to shake that back-to-school feeling. I actually found myself looking back over my old notes this week. Starting today, I'm going to be contributing a few posts a month to the HGTV blog, Style Sheet. My first assignment was my Top Five Design Rules. Trouble is, I don't believe in design rules. Sure, your carpet should extend under your sofa and your curtains will look best if they skim or pool a bit on the floor but the moment you put these things into words someone somewhere will post a photo showing the exact opposite and it will look brilliant. So goes the fickle world of design.

However, I do think there are a few guidelines you can follow to achieve a cohesive look. To see my Top Five Style Guides, head over to HGTV.

Below are some of my favourite interiors from photographer Jean-Marc Palisse's portfolio. Clearly, homes to get schooled by.

Image credits:
Jean-Marc Palisse