Richard: At my elementary school, we were taught to be "normal". To get that point across, our teachers relied on drawings of bedrooms, stadiums, and shopping malls, each labeled with the same question: "What's wrong with this picture?"
Richard: (With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer)
The air was warm and muggy in poor Casey's living room,
The towering, terrible oscillating fan did naught to relive the gloom.
From the glass-front cabinet, a plastic slugger peered
Out on the cluttered surfaces, while Georgia bulldogs sneered.
Richard: Minimalism is the handjob of the design world. On paper, it seems pretty simple. In practice, not so much.
That's because minimalism is a two-step process. Step #1: keep things to a minimum. Which is, like, duh, obviously, but step #2 is far more complicated: make sure the things you've kept are exquisite.
Few things in this room are exquisite.
Richard: Last week, I received an email that said (I paraphrase): "You spend a lot of time writing about the worst interiors, but could you give us some tips on good design?" A fair question, indeed.
Here's the answer, in one exquisite photograph.
There's absolutely nothing in this room that I would change. (Well, four things, but they're minor. Mostly.)