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BPF: Give us three paint colors you use time and time again on walls.
BB: Dunn Edward’s “Silver Spoon,” a fabulous pale blue/gray that all of us have used in our own homes; Benjamin Moore’s “Providence Olive,” a gutsy neutral that looks amazing with black wood finishes and hits of red; Dunn Edward’s “Whisper,” our go-to white that’s crisp and fresh but also soft enough to be extremely livable. We love it for wood trim.
BPF: If you had to name the biggest mistake people make when decorating their own homes, what would it be?
BB: Not respecting the integrity of the architecture. A Spanish-style house really isn’t the best setting for italian modern furniture. I’m not suggesting being overly literal — too much of any one thing won’t look fresh and up-to-date — but give a nod to the style of the outside of your house with your furnishings.
BPF: Since not everyone can shop at trade-only showrooms, give us your go-to retail store for great home furnishings.
BB: West Elm for desks and accessories, Crate and Barrel for off-the-rack upholstery and Anthropologie for great-looking drapery panels.
BPF: One of my biggest pet peeves is rod pocket drapery panels thrown up on cheap rods, then considered "window treatments". If someone wants tailored draperies but is on a budget, what should they keep in mind?
BB: One thing we did recently was pick up ready-made panels from Anthropologie (they have a fabulous selection of them), and then to smarten them up: we had our drapery fabricator add lining and hem them so that they were just the right length to “kiss” the floor of the room. Once these updates were done, even the rod pockets didn’t bother us; the panels looked completely custom.