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Barbara Hill on Designing Creative and Comfortable Rooms

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The Texas designer shares how to create spaces that simultaneously stand out and stand the test of time.
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  On open-plan living spaces, like Hill's own bedroom in Marfa, Texas, the designer says: "You can create different seating areas. If you can't create one big one, you create separate ones that flow together." Photo by Misty Keasler.  Photo by: Misty Keasler

    On open-plan living spaces, like Hill's own bedroom in Marfa, Texas, the designer says: "You can create different seating areas. If you can't create one big one, you create separate ones that flow together." Photo by Misty Keasler.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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  "If [the residents] tend to have a lot of people over, they’re going to need more seating," Hill says. "Some people don’t even like sofas and then I do just chairs. There’s really no formula for that, just make sure you have enough seating for your lifestyle." Pictured is Hill's living room in Marfa. Photo by Misty Keasler.  Photo by: Misty Keasler

    "If [the residents] tend to have a lot of people over, they’re going to need more seating," Hill says. "Some people don’t even like sofas and then I do just chairs. There’s really no formula for that, just make sure you have enough seating for your lifestyle." Pictured is Hill's living room in Marfa. Photo by Misty Keasler.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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  "I seem to buy from companies that are beautifully made," Hill says. "And I do think that’s a good place to put your investment." The dining room of a modern home designed by Hill in Atlanta includes Konstantin Grcic’s Venus chairs for ClassiCon surround a table by Poliform. Photo by Gregory Miller.  Photo by: Gregory Miller

    "I seem to buy from companies that are beautifully made," Hill says. "And I do think that’s a good place to put your investment." The dining room of a modern home designed by Hill in Atlanta includes Konstantin Grcic’s Venus chairs for ClassiCon surround a table by Poliform. Photo by Gregory Miller.

    Photo by: Gregory Miller

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  The home's bedroom features a large headboard designed by Hill. "I think a bedroom should be your go-to place for getting away from all the craziness," Hill says. "It should be very simple and warm." Photo by Gregory Miller.  Photo by: Gregory Miller

    The home's bedroom features a large headboard designed by Hill. "I think a bedroom should be your go-to place for getting away from all the craziness," Hill says. "It should be very simple and warm." Photo by Gregory Miller.

    Photo by: Gregory Miller

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  "I think contrast keeps the room from being boring," Hill says. The living room of her condo in Houston demonstrates her knack for mixing materials and shapes. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    "I think contrast keeps the room from being boring," Hill says. The living room of her condo in Houston demonstrates her knack for mixing materials and shapes. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  "The key is not looking too busy," Hill says. "Less is more. Keep it as simple as you possibly can and edit." Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman

    "The key is not looking too busy," Hill says. "Less is more. Keep it as simple as you possibly can and edit." Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman

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