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Pattern Play

Whether arranging a collection of decorative Christmas pieces or re-assembling a room after the holidays, do-it-yourself designers often struggle with groupings. What’s the best approach? How many pieces are too many? What are the rules for matching a variety of textures, sizes or patterns?

We posed those questions to Reese Beddingfield, a local designer who recently opened Reserve, a home-goods boutique in Amarillo. He grew up in Panhandle, Texas, earned an art degree from West Texas A&M University, then spent a few years in the advertising industry before turning his attention to interior design. “I’ve had a passion for it forever,” he says. “My mother is a great inspiration. She was always changing things in our home. It just always kind of came easy to me.”

Beddingfield left Amarillo to attend the Dallas Art Institute, then returned here hoping to find success in a career that he thought would combine creativity with commerce. He found it as a designer – but not the kind of interior designer who requires his clients to follow particular rules. “I always say, ‘live with what you love,’” he explains. “Don’t let anyone tell you something should look a certain way or this has to go with that. If it’s appealing to your eye, it’s going to work. If you can find common ground and a sense of order, it’s going to work itself out.”

Reserve opened last month, and Beddingfield hopes it will allow him to connect with a different, younger audience – at-home designers with do-it-yourself flair. Using a few of the displays in the boutique, we asked him to walk us through his ideas for grouping different patterns and objects.



Bookshelves
“I like bookshelves that are heavy in books,” says Beddingfield, whether those are antique works of Shakespeare or art books. He says accessories – like these mounted insect specimens – should be used sparingly and intentionally. “They tell your personal story. They might be framed pictures of family or a gorgeous little piece of art you picked up on your travels, or a coffee mug your son made for Father’s Day. They should show your interests and maybe give a little hint of your personality.”



Color Composition
When selecting items with different colors or patterns, first focus on the biggest element. “Take your cues from a major component of the room, such as your rug or a piece of art you love,” Beddingfield says. “Let that be your guide for the colors you want to work with or what you want to pull out as an accent.”



Accent Tables
“This is a nice representation of the fact that there are no rules,” Beddingfield says of this arrangement. It features an ornate, formal Venetian mirror combined with a contemporary cowhide-and-gold lamp, an African mask, antique crystal, and the smaller items mounted alongside the mirror. “It’s an extreme example of ‘live with what you love.’” He points out that combining several smaller elements can make an impressive, much larger statement.


Mixing Patterns
Taste is entirely subjective and design must be personal. For instance, a grouping of six pillows on a couch may be perfect for one person but far too many for another. “That may not be the way you want to live,” Beddingfield says. “So [combine] a pair of your favorite patterns and throw in an accent of one single pillow that has a different pattern or color or print.”

by Jason Boyett

Jason has written more than a dozen books and is the host and creator of “Hey Amarillo”, a local interview podcast. Visit heyamarillo.com and jasonboyett.com.
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