"What, hast thou never an empty room in thy house for me?" Shakespeare may have longed for the wide open spaces but that's because he didn't have the choices you have in today's furnishings. Explore your options and judge the tastes top designers.

A lot of people worry about the "wear and tear" on furnishings. I feel its more a matter of people treating the things that surround them with respect.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Don't buy a bedroom suite, but collect your pieces separately - generally cheaper and always the decorator's way of furnishing.
Dorothy Draper, Ideas You'd Pay a Decorator For Good Housekeeping

Furnish your room for conversation and the chairs will take care of themselves.
Sibyl Colefax

I see furnishings firstly as geometry - as squares, cubes, drums, triangles, and rectangles, which also happen to be sofas, chairs, tables, lamps, and paintings.
John Saladino

The decorator should be responsible for the design of the carpet and the textile furnishings.
Jeannette Meunier, La Revue Moderne

To create an atmosphere dedicated to health..to present charming interiors that will attract maternity patients...to develop distinctive decoration and furnishings that can be installed at modest expenditure - and will require a minimum of maintenance costs.
Dorothy Draper, Proposal for redecorating Mount Sinai Hospital

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