When Deborah Cox decided to turn her barn into guest quarters, to be used during summer sojourns in the Hamptons, she didn't install heat or air-conditioning. That meant the New York decorator couldn't outfit the house with anything that might be damaged by extreme weather, such as winter freezes -- which precluded delicate upholstery, fine wood finishes, and works of art. Indeed, the barn was a test of Cox's resourcefulness: How sunny and welcoming could she make it while still rendering the interior indestructible? Much of the furniture Cox chose is wicker. The living room rug is flat-weave cotton, and the dining room chairs are happily mismatched remnants of dining sets past.Guess what? The place couldn't be more comfortable and inviting.
Providing overnight guests with a clean, bright, welcoming place to stay is a pleasure for guests and host alike. According to "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook," the trick is to make guests feel at home, but also away. Let us explain.
After a dramatic life change, a woman with several successful careers -- including one as the former CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia -- turns to the renovation of her family's apartment for comfort and clarity.