What’s the big idea?

This month’s House Beautiful has one – namely all the big ideas decorators never explain, as in: “You’ll never get tired of a white room.” Which happens to be a tenet of designer Vicente Wolf, and he puts it to work in a fresh-looking cottage in Southampton.

More advice that comes in handy: “I like yin and yang,” Wolfe tells writer Lisa Cregan. “dark against light, curvy against straight…” He also confesses he doesn’t like pattern and he hates rules.

For more big ideas, pick up a copy of the May issue.

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