The Most Important Design Lessons I've Learned in My 30s

Mat Sanders

I’m only two years into my thirties, but as a design junkie turned prop stylist turned market editor turned creative director turned interior designer, I’ve taught myself a few important lessons about the world of decorating on my journey through editorial and working with clients at Consort Design.

My twenties were all about being risky. I outfitted my tiny New York City studio apartment as if Pee Wee Herman had been given a huge gift certificate to Ralph Lauren Home, I painted my walls insane colors and patterns, and I basically used any space I lived in as a desperate cry for attention. Today, a more laid back outlook has woven its way into my design style. Do I still love color and unexpected choices? Of course! But, as I simmer into my thirties, I find myself following a new set of steadfast lessons learned.

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