"A lot of people worry about the "wear and tear" on furnishings. I feel its more a matter of people treating the things that surround them with respect."
"You want rooms to be usable and friendly."
"Forget the floor plans. Arrange the furniture where it is the most comfortable and will look best."
...Not one but three quotes for you today and they all come from Albert Hadley. The American king of Interior Design has doled out so much excellent decorating advice, I felt obliged to share several examples... :) And how can you not love his rooms? Classic, elegant and cosy, sure. But most importantly I think, timeless.