Polished Personality

Text by Lauren Eberle / Photography by John O’Hagan

A designer encourages homeowners to anchor decorative accents around classic, dominant pieces.

A designer by profession, Deborah Hastings has her hand on a lot of homes. Add that to the fact that she and her family move frequently, and you see why she’s quick to turn to classic furnishings. “Put your money into a few key pieces with great shape. They’re the ones that’ll keep working for you,” Deborah advises. “You can always fill in with the fun stuff later—fabrics and accessories are easy to update.”