for your home
Über-designer Christopher Lowell
tells you what to know before you go
By Christopher Lowell
96 ;e Costco Connection JANUARY 2011
Do your homework
Before you get in your car, go online and
do your homework. If you know what you
The Costco Connection
In addition to the items pictured to the right,
and the room divider (above), Costco warehouses feature an expanded selection of furniture for every room in your home. Costco.
com also carries furniture year-round.
want and have acquired some knowledge
about it, you’ll be far more prepared to make
an informed decision when you unexpectedly
see something that fills the bill, instead of
making an impulse buy you’ll regret later.
Keep a log of photos for easy reference. I
use my smartphone to take pictures of items
I’m looking for or a blank part of a room
where I think I need, say, an accent table. I’ve
also laid out fabric swatches and paint colors
and taken a quick reference photo of them too.
Keep key measurements with you at all
times. Many times I create a master document
that includes all my vital home sizes and dimensions, broken down room by room for easy reference. I then e-mail the document to myself,
so my home décor info travels with me.
Another trick is to take a photo of my
room and print it out on regular paper. I then
draw my ideas directly on the photo with a
Sharpie. This really helps determine the
proper scale of an item and its relationship to
the rest of the room. It’s a great tool for those
who feel artistically challenged. You can
include key measurements right on the draw-
ing so that these “idea photos” act almost like
a blueprint. The layouts will help you visual-
ize how the item you see in, say, Costco will
actually look in your own home.
Stay with the classics
Know what “classic” looks like. I tell my
design team all the time to keep three things in
mind as we design items under my own brand.
First, will this item endure the test of
time? Meaning, in 10 years will I be as happy
with the purchase as I am now?
Second, is there anything about this item
that will prevent me from moving it from room
to room or home to home? Meaning, is it flexible enough to live in any room in my home?
And third, is it gender-neutral enough?
Meaning, will everyone in the household be
OK with it? Today couples are co-partnering