I’ve been trying to play catch up on my many shelter magazine subscriptions (I have ones that I still have not creased the cover of dating all the way back to last year). Ironically, perhaps, I have also been trying to work on being more “in the moment,” a concept I embraced when I read  The Power of Now for the first time a few years ago, and a concept I constantly have to remind myself of.  I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already.

Over the weekend, these two on-going aims of mine intersected  when I read journalist Mimi Read‘s “Have Fewer Things, But Better Things” interview of Suzanne Rheinstein.  Featured in the May 2012 issue of House Beautiful magazine, Read’s interview of the designer centers on her decoration of a Manhattan pre-war apartment.

The home highlighted, that Rheinstein designed for a young couple from the South, is handsomely, classically done.

My main draw, however, was to the insight Read provided into the designer’s philosophy on life and living.  As the article is entitled “Have Fewer Things, But Better Things,” this is obviously one of Rheinstein’s mantras.  Her other one I gather, and which I highlighted with an actual yellow highlighter, concerns the quotidian.  The decorator explains:

Joan Didion Quote, Quotation "Every day is all there is."

I wholeheartedly agree.


Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at SarahSarna.com, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.