Away from the beds the room explodes into a variety of colors and lively patterns. A modern banana-leaf wallpaper creates a feature wall, providing a background to the bright pops of red, yellow and green furnishings and accessories. Collected pieces top off the dresser, including two works representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Venetian plastered walls, cypress beams and custom-made wrought iron lighting set an elegant tone upon entering this traditional living room. Designer Troy Beasley mixes contemporary chairs, tables and accessories with charming Moorish art and rich, Tuscan hues. Tuscan style is known for its natural, earth-toned colors, like golden yellow, terra cotta and green for an airy effect in warm-weather places, and this ivory and gold color scheme provides just that.
The chic elegance of the kitchen extends into the dining room.The large table seats eight, while the luscious furniture and fabrics add elegance to the space. The chandelier hanging above the table gives a country feel to the room, while the rugs and wall accessories add color. The large doors and window banks let in tons of natural light, keeping the space feeling bright and inviting.
Atlanta designer Heather Hogan Roberts took objects and decor that the homeowner owned to stay under her $500 budget for a living room makeover. She bought new curtains, a rug, and small furniture such as side tables and a woven stool used as an ottoman. Roberts, who owns Ivy & Vine, reworked and styled the existing accessories and furniture, which is a low-cost alternative to always buying new items to give a room a designer look.
A self-described “eclectic maximalist,” Gladys puts her design abilities on full display in her living room. The combination of modern furnishings, vintage accessories and quirky objects draw the eye in a dozen directions at once, promising new delights at every glance. Gladys is quick to name the space as one of her favorites in the home, largely because it houses some of her most treasured pieces. “It’s a collection of special objects and happy memories,” she says.
The dark gray of this sofa and the wall art above offers a contrast to the white walls while remaining neutral. The sofa itself is brightened by the wool throw blanket which adds texture as well as color. Meanwhile, the overall space is warmed by the addition of creative wood elements in the lamp stand as well as in the side tables and accessories.
This blue and green cottage boys room features a hand hewn-wood ceiling and vintage gaslight style lamp for a rustic feel. A botanical pattern window treatment adds a contemporary, light touch to the space while the green and white patterned chair brings a grown up warmth and provides a nice contrast to the playful wall prints and vintage toy accessories. Traditional floor and table lamps complement the mix of traditional and cottage style furniture.
By using neutral colors for walls and fixtures, bathrooms can change colors with their towel and accessory choices. The bright orange here, however, is stupendous against the gray-green and white wall tile and mosaic tile flooring by Ann Sacks. The bathroom by Kathy Geissler Best of KGB Interior Design is designed as a user-friendly bath with access to both the home's pool and main house. It is divided into distinct zones including a separate shower and changing area.
Three tall panes of leaded, frosted glass provide privacy for a shower created from a window bay in this storybook carriage house. The open shower features a waterfall shower head, and a sliding mechanism allows for a barn door-style enclosure. A petite teak table keeps bathing accessories close at hand for guests.
Converting a home office into a bedroom meant designer Jennifer Foster to had to furnish the room again. Her designer tip in these situations is to purchase big-ticket items from decor collections for teens, which are typically cheaper. To save money on this renovation, Foster turned to home decor retailers and online outlets. The canopy bed cost less than $1,000, and the white bedding is just the right base to switch out the raspberry accessories when it’s no longer a favorite hue.
When you're installing Christmas decor, add elements that range in height; this will keep the room balanced. This family room's range in heights starts with a pair of wreaths flanking the fireplace, then moves down to the mantel decor and a few red accessories added to the built-ins and coffee table. Throw pillows, a vintage tricycle and floor cushions complete the look.
TaLaya and Kerrick found their 1500 square foot home to be a storage challenge. This living room features one of TaLaya’s most creative solutions: a large wooden armoire. Woven cane gives the piece a handmade look that is beautifully complemented by the other woven elements in the space. Of particular interest is the patterned basket that ties together the colors of the rug and pillows in the room. The brass stool and accessories deepen the layers of metallic color in the space.
The lines of this crisp, clean living room and entry guide the eye straight through the wide, arched doorway to the beautiful water views beyond. Paneled walls are painted white, as is the millwork, creating a soft backdrop to the pale aquas and earthy tans in the furnishings and accessories. A traditional carpet runner ascends the stairs, while a rattan console table adds to the homey, beachy vibe.
A neutral palette is enhanced by accents in black and cream. Warm colors of rust and gold add visual interest and color to the space, while an elegant area rug with French writing provides a focal point. A built in entertainment center on the far wall anchors the space and provides ample display room for colorful accessories and books.
You can return almost anything these days. Shop and ask retailers what their return policy is. Bring home lots of goodies and try them out. Take photos of your space with different accessories (pillows, lamps, art, object). Look at the photo to see if it works. Might try a daytime photo vs a night-time photo because color looks very different in different lights. Don’t be afraid of mixing, and layering!
This living room incorporates uniquely designed furniture to bring about a huge wow factor. The curved green sofa sets the stage for the room’s modern style, but also offers plenty of practical seating. The log-wrapped coffee table adds a touch of nature and makes for a wonderful conversation piece. A traditional-style side chair is paired with a minimalist side table. A large photograph, a tall vase of greens and a few accessories add the perfect finishing touches.
Across from her bicycle, sits another vignette featuring one of Nana Yaa’s favorite decorating accessories: books. While the vase of flowers do a lovely job of echoing the color of the bike, the real star of this area is clearly the walls themselves. The architectural details stretch from floor to ceiling, bringing a sense of character to the entire home.
Designer Rodney Tassistro created this high-end cottage style kitchen featuring solid wood countertops, custom cabinetry and open shelving. Traditional leaded glass cabinet fronts contrast with a very modern polished wooden countertop and backsplash. The diamond pattern inset into the glass cabinet doors adds interest but still keeps the light and airy look of the open shelving on the opposite wall. The space above the cabinetry is a great spot for the homeowners to display favorite pottery and accessories.