Designer Tips from Libby


Libby Langdon

Designer, author and makeover television personality, Libby Langdon is the creative force behind New York City-based design firm, Libby Interiors, Inc. Langdon’s residential and commercial projects embodying her easy, elegant, everyday style have won widespread fans and industry acclaim and she is fast becoming known for her growing collections of branded home furnishings products.

In her House Beautiful magazine monthly column, “Libby’s Makeover,” Langdon shares her signature, straightforward design ideas that readers can easily achieve in their own homes. Langdon’s decorating tips, interior designs and home products are frequently featured on the covers of and within leading shelter magazines to include: Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Design NJ, Glamour, Rachael Ray Magazine, All*You, Ocean Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Woman’s Day.

Langdon is a regular design expert on NBC’s TODAY Show and has shared her home makeovers and real-life design advice on popular shows including: HGTV’s Small Space, Big Style, The Rachael Ray Show, The View, The Early Show and NBC’s Open House. House Beautiful magazine covered the debut of her own NBC show, Daykeover with Libby Langdon, where she transforms her client’s home in less than 12 hours while sharing no-nonsense design tips and takeaways for all budgets and lifestyles.

 

 
Tip #5: I like to think of a foyer rug as the fifth wall that can add a wonderful softening and welcoming quality.  Because walls in foyers have a front door opening and possibly stairwells or openings to hallways or other rooms, it can be a challenge to ground the design.

Tip #5: I like to think of a foyer rug as the fifth wall that can add a wonderful softening and welcoming quality.  Because walls in foyers have a front door opening and possibly stairwells or openings to hallways or other rooms, it can be a challenge to ground the design.

 
Tip #2: When using a banquette or settee, a dining table with a center pedestal base is better than a table with legs because it allows ease of movement when scooting in and out.

Tip #2: When using a banquette or settee, a dining table with a center pedestal base is better than a table with legs because it allows ease of movement when scooting in and out.

Tip #4: You don’t want to use a small rug because it can look like a postage stamp plopped into the middle of the space and can actually visually chop up the area and make it look smaller.

 
Tip #1: Depending on the chairs you choose, you may find it more cost effective to blend in a banquette or bench rather than spend an arm and a leg on all chairs!

Tip #1: Depending on the chairs you choose, you may find it more cost effective to blend in a banquette or bench rather than spend an arm and a leg on all chairs!

Tip #3: Move away from the conference room effect with tons of chairs around a dining table! Break it up with a mix of chairs and a banquette or bench. This will make it feel more dynamic and designed.

Tip #3: Move away from the conference room effect with tons of chairs around a dining table! Break it up with a mix of chairs and a banquette or bench. This will make it feel more dynamic and designed.

 

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