Elegant Simplicity

The October 2010 issue of Traditional Home Magazine arrived in my mailbox this week and I eagerly flipped through it to see what was in store.  I was immediately impressed by the feature on  Washington D.C. designer Paul Corrie.  His living room, shown below, strikes the perfect balance of combining contemporary furnishings with antiques--something I am drawn to more and more these days.  No trends here, no clutter, no particular look; just elegant simplicity.   You can barely see it in this photo, but the flat screen television is neatly mounted on the wall above an antique Swedish cabinet.

Paul Corrie Interiors, LLC, Traditional Home Magazine, October 2010, Photo by Gordon Beall

And by the way, this room makes me want to ditch the ho-hum matching lamps and end tables on either side of my sofa (are they even referred to as "end tables" anymore?).

I won't spoil the fun by posting the additional photos from the magazine. You can see them for yourself by visiting Traditional Home Magazine  here and also at Paul Corrie's website here.  Michele of My Notting Hill also did two posts about Paul Corrie's interiors, which you can find here.


  1. Thanks for the heads up. I haven't seen my magazine yet. Love, love this room.

  2. I'm with you, I've been getting into mixing the old and new together, love it!

  3. It's great to see Paul Corrie in Traditional Home magazine - his work is beautiful. I'm also finding a renewed enjoyment of that magazine as of late. Thanks for the mention too. Michele

  4. You described the design of this room perfectly as "elegant simplicity". I strive for this in my design projects and particularly in my store. I also like hearing what the pulse is and what you respond to. I love mixing the transitional with antiques and glad to hear you all agree! This is a beautiful tranquil room - loving it!
    Thanks for the post...

  5. hi deborah,

    while i love this room i'm going out on a limb and saying i don't like flat screens out in the open. there i said it out loud. i prefer them in armoires or cabinets b/c i don't care how flat they are i still think they are ugly.


  6. Hi All - Thanks for the comments.

    Mona - I think you will enjoy the other photos of Paul Corrie's home in the magazine too.

    AO - I agree. It is more interesting, in my opinion, to mix the two.

    Michele - Your blog immediately came to mind when I saw the article. I clearly remember your post about his earlier mention in TH magazine.

    Nancy - You must have a beautiful store. Thanks too for your email.

    Janet - No need to feel that you are out on a limb. It's different opinions that keep things interesting. I usually don't like TVs (flat or otherwise) out in the open either, but Paul Corrie's version is the best I've seen.


  7. His work has an elegant, yet pared back feel. Fabulous look Deborah.
    Millie ^_^


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