Eddie Rider Designs, Raleigh
Five words that best describe your approach to design: Warm, coordinated, balanced, realistic, inviting.
Best decor bargain youve ever scored: Some very old leather books I found at a London flea market.
Best use of black and white: In a recent bathroom and kitchen new construction project. The kitchen has sharp white cabinets with polished nickel hardware, absolute black honed countertops with a polished, beveled carrara tile backsplash. Ebony floors complete the look. The master bath has a mosaic floor tile with black-and-white marble under a freestanding tub. A little retro feel with some modern sprinkled in for flavor.
Recliner: yes or no? No. No. No. If it looks like a recliner, then no. If youre going for style and form, then no.
Whats your hardware store must-have? Furniture marker for those little accidents.
Favorite shelter magazine: Architectural Digest.
Every dining room should have: Wood floors and area rug.
Low-cost way to dress a transitional mantel: Candles with holders.
Biggest design no-no: Too many prints/patterns/textures, with too many colors.
My best tip for do-it-yourself designers: Take one primary print fabric and use it for your color palette throughout the room; then, carry one of the colors to the next space.