A nice summation on the alt luxe look, via an interview by the fab Sarah Lonsdale of Remodeslita with Richard Ostell. Bottom line:

  • Form follows feeling: the incredible importance of emotion in design
  • Trust your intuition
  • Design for now
  • Mix different textures
Richard Ostell interior via Remodelista

Richard Ostell interior via Remodelista

  • Use humble materials: “Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry.” Love that quote from Leonard Koren’s book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers.
  • Surround yourself with the real deal
  • Balance old with new
  • Stick with a neutral palette
  • Mix styles. “But don’t do it just for decoration.” Yes.
  • Practice restraint. “Know when to stop.”

Rules to live by for more than interior design, I think. More images and text over on Remodelista.