Interior design sounds…imposing to a lot of people. If you think design is beyond you, I have one question: Do you like fresh flowers?

Of course you do! Cheerful or romantic or exotic or rustic—flowers are an instant mood changer. They add color, texture, maybe even mass, like armloads of forsythia in an overscaled glass vase. Or a bouquet of roses from the grocery store, cut down and bunched into a few simple juice glasses on the dinner table: Voilá, it feels better already, doesn’t it? (…and, for me, feeling better in a space is what good interior design is all about!)