Friday, October 22, 2010
Today Frank Fontana, the star of HGTV's "Design on a Dime" is here to talk about style, decorating, and his new book, "Frank Fontana's Dirty Little Secrets of Design," chock full of his trade secrets and tips to pull off expensive looks for less. Frank has become HGTV's go-to guy for chic makeovers on a budget and has earned national attention because of his innovative ideas. I just finished the book and loved his advice and DIY projects that are accessible and doable for design buffs with varying skill levels.
mj: Hi Frank, I enjoyed your book and love how you say 'understanding yourself is the first key to decorating' as that's an underlying premise of TrustYourStyle.
frank: Absolutely, to know oneself is to know ones style, and owning it is everything.
mj: Let's start with your top three style tips.
frank: Don't over-do the accessories, add bold color pops, know your comfort zones.
mj: Who are your biggest style influences?
frank: I really dig Johnny Depp, George Clooney, and Bono's personal style - I am a combination of all of them.
mj: What is one of the most challenging decorating issue that you see over and over?
frank: Clutter and improper scale of furniture compared to the size of the room.
mj: How do you approach/resolve it?
frank: You resolve it by cleaning out the crap. Getting rid of the things you truly don't use, and always bring measurement of your room when you shop for furniture.
mj: What is one of your favorite remodels that you find yourself encountering again and again? What is your approach?
frank: I encounter a lot of dreary spaces, so those are my favorite spaces to transform. Making a house a home. The cure is my main Dirty Little Secret, the QDE (Quantum Design Element) This is a method of design that I created based on Quantum Physics. I have been Studying Quantum design for quite some time, and I have been basing all of my designs with the idea that everything we bring in to our homes has its own quantum energy field that will interact with you and every other piece in your home. So choosing the wrong furnishings, can actually add bad energy to any home design.
mj: For people who are looking to remodel the kitchen, living room, bathroom, floors, and patio--how do you suggest prioritizing?
frank: Each room has its own plan of attack but generally, I start with the Feel, then the Function, then the Style and finally the Execution.
Thank you Frank for stopping by! I know that your book will be a great success! Besides HGTV, you can also find Frank regularly featured on NBC’s TODAY show or check out Oprah.com's "home 4 design" section where Frank is a contributing writer.
To enter to win a copy of Frank Fontana's Dirty Little Secrets of Design leave a comment below. The winner will be announced next week.