"What My Mother Taught Me About Living Well"

Home is where your mom is, after all.

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It may be forever since you moved out, but occasionally we all find ourselves saying or doing the things our mothers used to — even when it comes to our work. Here, 7 designers share how their moms' advice influences their projects today.

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Sheila Bridges

"'As long as you do it with confidence, you can pull it off' seemed to be my mother's motto – especially when it came to decorating our home, and even more particularly, our sunporch, which had a black-and-white zebra floor, red and white shag rugs, and a red leather sofa. Her love of color and pattern influenced me more than I realized."

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Lindsey Coral Harper

" My mom insisted that candles must be pre-lit so the wick is not white – a big faux pas!"

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Sormeh Salimpour

" I used to roll my eyes at the way my mother would not give up until the slight tilt of a book, placement of a throw, or height of a floral arrangement was perfect. Now, I find myself doing so many of those little things – like using picture frames as serving trays, which was so simple, but so standout."

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Nicole Gibbons

"My mom is in the business, and I always ask her for advice when it comes to window treatments – she reminds me to measure three times, cut once! And always hand write thank you notes to show your appreciation."

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Joy Moyler

"My mom taught me to appreciate nature and to create quiet spaces that fuel the soul. As a child, we had red lacquer living room walls and black and white brocade upholstery. It was very Diana Vreeland. Now, I love red and use it whenever I can. It's fire in a quiet space."

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Amanda Nisbet

"My mum always believed in using our pretty things and not stashing them away for once or twice a year. We use our silver and nice linens and wear our pretty jewelry. If not now, when?"

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Tobi Farley

"My mother has a remarkable eye for color and scale, and she instilled so much of her creative gift in me just by cultivating an always-lovely and inviting environment for our family and our guests. Her attention to detail is impeccable, and she is still my sounding board for design ideas!"

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