By Jason Lamphier
Home furnishing can be a rough enterprise, but when the alternative is a roomful of shabby sidewalk finds from sophomore year, it�s time to buck up and breathe a little life into your lowly quarters. Turn to a simple primer like Let�s Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home (Meredith, $34.95) for some clear-cut advice from modern design mavens Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, and you�ll discover that amping up your digs isn�t so much about decorating as it is about collecting what strikes your fancy. Gold and Williams�s chic offerings have been picked up by popular retailers like Williams-Sonoma Home, provided to guests at hip hotel chains like the Ritz-Carlton, and used to deck out the sets of Sex and the City and The Apprentice. (So you can rest assured that these guys know what they�re talking about.)
�Make your goal to find furnishings you�ll want to live with in five or 10 years, so that updating will mean only rearranging a few pieces or changing pillows,� the duo instructs. �Pick pieces that will be points of interest but not jarring notes.� To hold the mix together, Gold and Williams recommend creating a �serene shell� of neutral-colored walls, floors, and window treatments. And the best part? The daddies of design are down with playing it cheap, suggesting you hit up flea markets for low-priced knickknacks that won�t leave you on the edge of your chaise longue the next time pre-party cocktails get a little out of control.