Hills Gazette May 6, 2002
Decorator Uses Creativity, Own Rules To Spice Up Homes
everything you've learned about decorating your home. Toss out all
the rules, color charts, and do's and dont's and put on your creative
least that's what Jeanine Matlow, owner of Conversation Pieces in
Farmington Hills, does when helping her client with their home decorating
projects or even when decorating her own home.
Matlow, decoration is all about imagination and comfort. The rules
that magazines and decoration gurus preach are not for her.
sense of style is her own, and that's what has made her business
a success and leaves her clients begging for more.
home is a testament to her creative outlook. She uses it as a model
to show her clients what they can do with theirs.
her taste can be described as contemporary and somewhat eclectic,
Matlow is versatile and is always looking for bargains that will
compliment and add charm and style to any home.
like to make things functional," said Matlow. "I don't
believe in having rules in anything creative."
instance, walking into Matlow's living room, one is greeted with
a restaurant sign that invites visitors to take a seat. In one corner
stands an eclectic old father clock and in another a large-size
painting of an advertisement that Matlow commissioned a friend to
replicate because she simply liked it.
furnished with comfortable couches, the living room showcases a
variety of items that Matlow has picked up from flea markets and
I like something, it almost calls for my name," said Matlow.
"I don't care about the value."
does not like to waste anything. Her living room is accented with
various pieces that she transformed into workable objects, such
as an old pair of roller skates into a CD holder, or a wooden box
of cigars into a magazine holder.
am very open-minded when it comes to decoration," said Matlow,
who carries her open-mindnesses to her clients home.
a degree in psychology has been a great asset to Matlow.
ability to listen to her clients needs have enabled her to assist
them in turning their decorating wishes into reality.
never criticize anything that a client has," said Matlow. "My
ideas hopefully can work with any budget and any space."
said that she is more of a consultant than an interior decorator.
She assists clients in decorating their spaces or for real estate
love an element of surprise," said Matlow. "Every room
has a different style. I don't agree that color has to follow...if
I don't absolutely love something, it's not on display."
apartments to small and large homes and condos, Matlow's decorating
sense can accommodate any budget or any taste. She works with various
local talents that help her add to her resourceful repertoire of
ideas and information.
lived in New York before moving to Michigan a few years ago.
working in marketing and sales for Ford Motor Company, she decided
to follow her love for decorating and open her own business.
teaches decorating at various community schools and holds seminars
at galleries and stores around the area.
more information, visit Matlow's website at www.conversation-pieces.com.
written by Mary Peters and reprinted courtesy of the Farmington/Farmington
Hills Gazette (May 6, 2002).