Steal These 10 Decorating Ideas From A Rising Design Star

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This gorgeous Santa Barbara home was decorated by up-and-coming designer Megan Rice Yager, who believes that the bedroom should be a sanctuary, the bathroom utilitarian, and the exterior beckoning. Click through to see what Yager has to say about the space.




















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Rely On Symmetry — To A Degree
“You’ll never see me setting things at a jaunty angle in a room; it gives me the willies when I see a rug placed on the diagonal. I love symmetry, but I am also conscious not to overdo it. For instance, I’ll use chairs that are like fraternal twins — not perfectly matchy-matchy.”
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Go Big When It Comes To Art
“I love playing with scale in a space, and I’m a major fan of large-scale art. It feels more modern.”
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Don’t Shy Away From Major Color
“I love when clients are open to bold color. It can have such impact in a room — really, it’s the oldest trick in the book. I just always like to continue at least a bit of the same color from room to room to maintain a visual continuity.”

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Let Your Lights Hang Low
“I generally don’t hang fixtures higher than 30 inches above a table surface. Light fixtures hung too high are like high-water pants — and not the cool Thom Browne kind.”
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Rethink Wallpaper
“Not only is upholstering a wall very durable, but it’s fantastic for acoustics when used in a TV room or bedroom.”
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Go For Twists On The Traditional
“When it comes to mixing prints and patterns, I don’t really believe there are any hard-and-fast design rules that must be adhered to. But my designs generally reference tradition, which then lets me feel free to experiment within that classic framework.”
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Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary
“I would live in my own bed if I could! (Robert Louis Stevenson’s 'The Land of Counterpane' was my favorite poem as a child.) I really like to create ultra-cozy beds for clients with beautiful linens, a perfect mix of soft and firm down pillows, and good lighting for reading.”
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Know When Less is More
“As much as I love mixing things up in the rest of the house, I really like for bathrooms and kitchens to appear fairly utilitarian and classically simple — not too ‘decorated.’"

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Give Kids Rooms They Can Grow Into
“Ideally, bedrooms should be able to easily transition with kids as they enter their teen years. In this room for the client’s daughter, nothing is too little-girl-y.”
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Balance is Key
“The exterior of your home is where first impressions are made. It can make guests excited to see what’s inside! I painted a runner up the stairs to draw you into that gorgeous front door.”


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