some of the design threads that weave through the Museums of Old York show house
hint at decorating fashion that is gaining critical mass. Two design tricks that never go
out of style were repeated in room after room: The use of upholstery tacks to distinguish
a chair the way a string of pearls enhances a little black dress and sublimely understated
decorative painting to add color, pattern, and texture. 1) The upstairs hall by V.
Jorgensen Design features painted strie-patterned walls and a tacked chair. 2, 4) J.
Covington Interior Design camouflaged a mismatched wood floor with paint and picked
up the palette with pewter tacks on a tufted chair. 3, 5, 6) Rich camel-colored leather is
finished with brass tacks in a room by Accent & Design Inc., who had the fireplace
surround faux painted to resemble stone tiles, and gold stripes added to walls for a
delicate touch of gilt and glamour.