The Happy Home: A Washington, D.C., Designer Shares Her Secrets

Interior designer Sara Tuttle reveals how to create a chic and cheery home (13 Photos)

Frances Bailey and Mary Kate Frank on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:38AM

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The Happy Home: A Washington, D.C., Designer Shares Her Secrets

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Don't Forget the Bedroom

“Bedrooms can frequently be an afterthought,” says Tuttle. “But it’s a really important room, where you begin and end your day, and it should make you as happy as your living room.” Here, the colors and patterns that characterize the rest of Tuttle’s home give way to a barely there shade of blue on the walls. But she couldn’t resist adding some pink. “It makes me smile,” she says. “I can’t live without color.”

Tip: Let a room evolve. Tuttle’s bed, chair (favored by her cat, Oscar) and dresser are vintage finds, scored over many treasure-hunting missions at flea markets and secondhand shops. “The room is constantly evolving—it’s done over time,” she says. “Find what you love and it will somehow make sense in the space.”

Paint: Wales Gray by Benjamin Moore. Rug, (price upon request) at Masland. Similar linens: Le Scallop, $54 to $338 at Matouk.

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